“You can't really believe all the Bible says. I mean, those floods and all the water imagery are just symbolism, yo.”
"I completely disagree with your standpoint on Millennialism."
"The book of Revelation is just supposed to scare you. None of it is true."
We've probably all heard a statement or two similar to these. Maybe not on the same subject but certainly relating to our faith or a deeply held belief. It's the same with politics, current affairs, sports, education, and parenting—we see the world a certain way and insert our opinions and ideas—whether online or in person—with no leeway for healthy debate and sometimes not in very tactful or sensitive ways. Christian realm or worldly realm, the binding factor in our need to express ourselves is the belief that we are right. We all want to have an airtight case to present because it keeps us safe within our own notions of how things should be - especially in our faith.
What this inherently does is take the mystery out of our faith. Instead of childlike wonder at the marvels of God's ways, we defend our beliefs in a way that does not even remotely display the humble character of Jesus Christ. I am a whimsical person most of the time—a 7 on the Enneagram—but can sometimes get bogged down in seriousness when it comes to my faith. This takes from my joy as I feel I need to defend what I believe in. As if living a life of whimsy and being faith-filled are mutually exclusive. To quote the great Charles Spurgeon, "The Word of God can take care of itself, and will do so if we preach it, and cease defending it."
Exuberant, childlike faith is buoyant and raises not only us up but those around us. There must be a sense of wonder in our faith.
God is not an intellection to be solved but a mystery to be lived in.
1. Are there things you can let go of that are holding you back from a faith filled with mystery and wonder?
2. How do you respond when your faith is challenged? Is it with defensiveness or the joy of actually knowing Jesus in a personal way.