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By Pastor Jerry Brady
Sanctuary Ministries 

“Unexplainable Christianity”

 

March 14, 2011



Let me ask you a question. What will you allow to determine how you live: that which is unexplainable, or that which is undeniable? Perhaps the greatest challenge (hindrance) to people accepting the Christian faith is all of the unanswered questions.

If God is all powerful, why does He seemingly allow evil and suffering in the world? Why doesn’t God heal everyone who is sick or injured? Why didn’t God protect me or a loved one from harm? Especially when I have prayed? Since these questions are not easily answered, people choose not to accept/follow Jesus Christ in their lives.

I find this very interesting because we actually do the exact opposite of this all the time. Very few people can truly explain how computers, cell phones, the internet, or even digital music/TV actually work. Yet we accept them, use them, and enjoy them all the time. The fact that they do work, while “unexplainable”, is undeniable. Mathematics tells us it is impossible for someone to hit a 90-mph fastball. Yet the fact that people do it all the time is undeniable. The same is true with God. The fact that countless lives have been dramatically changed by entering into a close, personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ is undeniable.

The key to truly connecting to/with God is to understand that it doesn’t begin with getting all of our questions answered. In Isaiah 5:8-9, God clearly says that His ways and thoughts are much “higher” than ours. He doesn’t necessarily think or act the way we do, or the way we think He should, precisely because He is God and we are not. What is most important to God is that we just love Him (Deuteronomy 6:5) in response to His first loving us (1 John 4:19; Romans 5:8). The more we love Him, the more He will reveal Himself to us, and the more we will come to understand Him and His ways (Ephesians 3:14-19; 1:15-21). This can easily be seen in the “natural” realm. When I met my wife to be, I professed my love for her – even though I didn’t understand everything about her or how/why she did things a certain way. Now, 20-plus years later, I understand her better through what we have experienced together, and have grown to love her even more.

All of this is somewhat hard to explain, but is definitely difficult to deny. Consider this: God made you special, and He loves you very much. Will you simply accept this like you accept the workings of modern technology? Or will you resist (both!) until you get all of your questions about how they work answered? While I cannot perfectly explain how someone is “born again” (John 3:5-8) and becomes a “new creation in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17), I promise you—your life will never be the same again. It is a New Day! And there is a New Way to live!

 

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