If you knew everything, would you be happy? I used to think so. I wanted omniscience. I wanted to bask in the truth and the absolute. I wanted to know the answers to all the whos, whats, wheres, whens, and whys. I took pride in the knowledge I already possessed, so if my knowledge became infinite, certainly I would be all the more satisfied. Such were my thoughts. I have been of the mind for a few years now, that to know is not to understand or to appreciate. To know is simply to acknowledge and nothing more. In my Biology class at John Brown University, we’ve recently been covering some rather large issues. Evolution, the age of the earth, the order of the sequence of creation events in Genesis, etc. In the ongoing world debate, people who believe in God and profess Christianity seem to want to side with scripture. They become literalists in their views regarding these topics, while Christian scientists tend to side with the research they’ve done. At the end of the day, it seems that these people have begun to argue their points for the sake of being right, rather than to further the kingdom of God. They choose their side, and become vehement advocates of whatever that side is trying to sell, just so they don’t end up wrong. The example that has been set here for future generations of Christians has evoked nausea within me. Therefore, I have decided that none of it matters. I don’t know how old the earth is and I don’t care. There is ample evidence for several theories and you know, they just don’t matter to me. I can profess whatever I want in this life; whatever I believe to be true and right, but if I do it for myself and not for God, then what exactly is the point? I already know a lot of things, but there are infinitely more that I don’t know. And isn’t that beautiful? Think about it. You know a whole lot of things, even if you don’t feel like you do. But that’s boring, knowing things. I have found that it is much more interesting to not know. That’s where faith comes in, no? I think I much prefer that. There’s mystery and adventure there, and the potential for growth.
Go love someone today. But don’t make it about you. Make it about them.