I don’t know everything. That’s something our culture wants to make sure every Christian admits. There, I did it.
I don’t know everything, but I do know something.
Our culture rightly notes that no Christian knows everything. But, as my pastor observed in a sermon several weeks ago, that fact does not mean that we know nothing.
Yes, there are passages where the exact meaning of Scripture is difficult to understand, where there is reasonable ground for differences of interpretation between believers. Is Song of Solomon 2:15 an interjection by the Shulamite’s brothers? Is it a metaphorical references to distractions in the relationship of our main characters? Or is it a literal reference to a literal garden owned by Solomon or the Shulamite? Are the two witnesses in Revelation 11 Moses and Elijah, Enoch and Elijah, or two other people entirely?
I am also not privy to many aspects of God’s will. I don’t know why God permits certain people to be born with great disabilities, and others to live relatively healthy eighty-year lives. I don’t know why God permits some of His redeemed to die for their faith while others live in countries where our faith is permitted and even respected. There are countless things I do not know.
But there are also things I do know.
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost. I believe in the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
God is God, and His Word is how He has chosen to reveal Himself. Every core teaching of Christianity is clearly taught in the Bible. And because these things are true, I may not know everything, but I do know something.