by Maike Skwara
We cannot afford to be ignorant in an educated world.
Christianity today is known for its interest in souls, change of life and mind. People come to church when they feel mentally weak, experience hard times or when they simply desire a change from their old lifestyle.
We can reach these people — as long as they have severe issues in their lives. In fact, we secretly hope sometimes that people would experience some inconveniences in their so far good life! Not because we want them to be unhappy, but because we find hardship to be a driving force for unbelievers to find Jesus. After all an old saying says, “Necessity teaches us to pray.” But do we have to watch people run into a pit in order to show them the Person who can prevent them from falling into one in the first place?
The church is doing a great job at giving advice about life. We learn to be unselfish, to serve others and to lift up fallen ones. People that are not accepted anywhere else find acceptance and friendship in Christian environments. Church members — young and old — are always happy to give some wisdom about life’s struggles and circumstances.
We have become masters at contemporary worship music, prayer and intercession, and our sermons are masterpieces. The subjects — God’s love, healing of emotional wounds, obedience and how to change your lifestyle — are being taught all around the world and have a great influence on society.
However, what do we do with those people that never have any severe problems, do not run out of money and do not ever file for divorce? What do we do with people who have unsentimental personality types? Not everybody is led by emotions; some people are led by logic. For people with this personality type, their heart might not be moved, even in difficult times, by someone who loves them and offers them help. Logical people are led by facts and proven strategies; when such information is provided, trust and faith in other areas will follow.
The good news is, the Bible offers more than just emotional sustainability! Though God cannot be proven, many facts mentioned in the Holy Scripture can. Hundreds of years before science proved it, Isaiah 40:22 told us that the earth is round.
Even neuroscience gives scientific explanations for some content of the Bible. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice” (KJV).
As neuroscientists discovered, it is our decision to be happy or to be sad. According to these studies, a human is born with only positive thoughts. Negative thoughts are developed by a person and can be chosen to be replaced again by positive thinking. Thoughts are not only mental but physical. Thoughts are proteins and they can be detected as good or bad in the brain. When the Bible says that we should rejoice always, it is telling us that we are not bound to circumstances. Science then backs this up when it proves that rejoicing makes us physically healthy and strong.
These are only two examples of explanatory facts in the Word of God; there are many more. But it often seems that the Church has created an environment in which strategic and logical thinking counts as unbiblical; as if questioning and learning from our questions is a sign of unbelief.
John 20:29 says, “Jesus said unto him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.’”
Did we take this verse as an excuse to not think about the reasons for God’s commandments and other biblical truths? Has questioning and hunger for knowledge become a taboo? What are we afraid of? That God could not explain the world He created? That He would not be pleased with us for asking why?
Jesus Himself encouraged us to be like children. As we know, their favorite question is “WHY?” We are meant to discover the secrets of life in many ways. God has equipped us with incredible brain functions, and we are more than welcome to use them.
Hosea 4:6 tells us, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children” (NKJV).
Martin Luther—the German monk— did question. He questioned if it was right that priests made people pay for the sins of deceased ancestors. By asking “why,” he not only discovered this ritual to be unbiblical but also revolutionized the whole church and brought Christians back to the root of the Bible. Christianity is about more than emotions and keeping the laws; it is about science, understanding, logic, knowledge and wisdom. The Bible is supposed to make us smart; the Holy Spirit wants to bring us revelations that the world has been waiting for. This faith is not only for sentimental people — it is for people that want to know why. Why am I alive? Why does God allow things to happen? Why is the sky blue, but the sunset red and orange?
Asking why can give us all of these things and more:
Stronger relationship with God
Stronger foundation in faith
Stronger trust in God
Understanding the Bible and the world
Resolved anger towards God
Let us put an end to ignorance and revolutionize the world through the question “why?” God will be glad to give us the answers so many Christians crave! Understanding that occurrences are supposed to be understood will give us the ability to testify to logical, unsentimental people — through answers, not feelings. We do not have to wait for unbelievers to become sick or to be stuck in problems in order to bring them the good news. Jesus is more than a problem solver — He is the answer to all of life’s questions!
Let us put an end to ignorance, and revolutionize the world through the question “why?”
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
THE LOGICAL THINKER
– Switch on Your Brain (Dr. Caroline Leaf)
– Who Switched off My Brain? (Dr. Caroline Leaf)
– The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics
(Ed Hindson, Ergun Caner)
– The Creation Answers Book (Dr. David Catchpoole,
Dr. Jonathan Safarti, Dr. Carl Wieland)
Maike Skwara was born and raised in Germany, where she obtained degrees in multi-lingual administration. She wrote for several years for an internal magazine before coming to the States to study in CFNI. Maike loves to translate and write, especially writings that help people understand God and the Bible better, like her children’s book Diego.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe