There are a lot of questions the Bible does not attempt to answer. In fact, if you really read the Bible, you’ll often walk away with even more questions. Many of us are content with trading deep study of the Bible for Veggie Tale episodes. We want an easy to digest three point sermon. We need a simple “So What” statement that will tell us how to apply this complex book to our lives.
Even a lot of people who do try to study are content with skimming over the top. It’s easy to walk away with the simplest understanding. If we dive too deep, we may begin to stumble across things we aren’t comfortable with. We may come across questions that have no easy answers.
People often get upset when you teach them what is in the Bible rather than what they presume is in the Bible. – N. T. Wright
You don’t have to read very far into the Bible to start stumbling onto these hard questions. In the first two chapters God creates the universe and everything in it. He creates the earth and plant and animals. He creates human beings and everything that comes with them.
There are several debates about those chapters. The low hanging fruit here is the process of creation itself. I’m not going to tackle that one quite yet. I want to discuss a more basic and fundamental question. If we admit that the Bible is true. Regardless of how God created, the first question many people ask is why?
Why would God create this world? Why would He create humanity knowing all that we would do, or at least knowing the potential for problems existed?
Those are the questions I like the most. These questions get at the heart of God. If you ask whether the world was created in six literal days or figurative, I don’t get too excited. That question doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. However, if we ask why, that forces us to try to tap into God’s character. We have to try and discern His motive and intention. We have to learn something about who God is to find an answer. And the more I know about who God is, the better relationship I can have with Him.
So I want to take some time and explore a concept that may force you to step outside of your comfort zone. Beware, that this may not answer all of your questions and it may leave you with more to ask.
Let’s take a minute to think about parents and parenting. People don’t usually sit down and contemplate everything about having a baby (the costs, time, energy, heartbreak). If they did, the population of the earth would shrink really fast. For the individual, having a child doesn’t make a lot of sense. If I’m purely thinking of myself from a logical stance, having children ruins everything.
This is one reason why postpartum depression is real. You can’t follow the same schedule. You don’t get sleep for like a month. You know that at some point in time, your kids will do something that will break your heart. There are risks of who they might become, what they might do, or who they might marry.
Parenting is a hard thing and no one person or style has it perfectly figured out. It’s a constant curve-ball coming at you over and over again. Once you get things figured out, they grow out of the stage they were in and into a completely new one that knocks you down again.
It Isn’t Logical
If we were purely being logical, we would never have children. So why do we have children? To pass on a family name? To inherit all of our wealth? (joke) Because we enjoy fingerprinting and marker all over our walls? No.
Have you ever felt the pain of parenting? Have you ever been hurt by being a parent. Have you ever have had moments where you feel like your heart is being ripped form your chest? If you have been a parent for any length of time, I’m guessing you have.
Does that mean, you regret your children? Absolutely not!
I don’t know any parents who regret having their children. They may have days where they feel like that, but when pressed no good parent really believes that.
Why? Because being a parent and having children is a beautiful thing. There’s nothing else in this world that can compare to the moment you first hold your child. There’s nothing like hearing their first words or watching their first steps, or being there to help when fall and scrape their knee. There’s nothing like curling up on the couch to watch a movie. Taking them to their first baseball game (maybe that’s just me).
We love our children and we love the life they give us. There is nothing like that kind of love. We can try to use logic all we want, but love in not logical.
Think about an artist. Creating art is hard. It’s emotionally draining. It’s time consuming. Sometimes it even costs us money. It doesn’t seem logical to put all of those resources into something that will probably never repay you. Most artists spend years trying to be able to make a living off of it.
Many never do, but they continue to create anyways. Should we tell all artists to stop creating because it’s not logical? Absolutely not! The world would be a far worse place without art.
Art and love are both strong motivators. Neither one is very logical. Yet they cause us as human being to make some of the best creations in the world.
Why would God create? Why would He create us? Why would He create the universe in the first place and why would he put humans in the center of it when He knows the risks. He knows it can cause pain. These are very logical questions, but I don’t know that we can honestly find any logical answers.
Here is my attempt. Like creating art or having a child, creation is a messy and sometimes messed up thing. However, it must somehow be worth it. It must somehow transcend all logic and all reason. The fact that God is love must compel Him to express that love through the most beautiful means possible, creation. And that creation itself becomes the logic. It becomes the reason for everything else.