It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed in conversations with our friends. So many questions are raised, that there are barely any answers to; and then the questions we are asked often become the questions we are asking ourselves. How can a good God allow suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people? How could God care about each person individually?
I’m beginning to conclude that there are barely any good answers to these questions; the sort of answers that just lay the question to rest completely and leave us with as deep sense of peace. For our friends, and for ourselves, there is only one answer that can come close to goal. That answer is either two words or one symbol: The Cross.
The only place we can ever reconcile our questions about God, with our hope in God.
I came to university thinking that the bible to be the absolute and perfect word of God, with the primary purpose of satisfying and speaking to every doctrinal mater. I’m quickly learning that the Bible is the absolute and perfect word of God with the primary purpose of satisfying and speaking to every human heart.
If we look to the bible for clever answers, quick fixes and simple solutions then we will nearly always leave dissatisfied; because God’s intention in writing the bible, through people, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, was never to give us clever answers, but to reveal his great love for us. This love is displayed on the cross, when Jesus took our all the hurt and pain that we ourselves have caused and we have suffered from others, and paid the penalty for that debt of humanity against each other, and against God.
So it is at the cross that we see the suffering of God, in human skin, meet the need for justice in the world. It is at the cross that we know that Christ suffered on the earth, just as we suffer on the earth. It is at the cross that we know God’s love for each one of us, and his commission to se the world changed in light of his love.
We don’t need a clever answers from philosophy, nor a doctrinal answer from theology, nor a weak answer as we try to excuse our faith. We need a tangible, bloodied, beautiful answer: The Cross.
Brogan leads Belfrey Sound. He is an extroverted 1st year theology student who loves Jesus & climbing.