Mystery Is a Part of Every Belief System

Written by Mark Farnham

On December 3, 2014

dsc07622-mystery-hole1The true religion is not that which has no difficulties. We have to swallow mysteries with it. But we have to swallow the same mysteries without it.

G. K. Chesterton

Defending the Christian faith can be difficult at times. There are some questions I can’t answer. This does not shake me, however. I am reminded that I am creaturely, finite and fallen. God is divine, infinite, and holy. He knows what I do not.

And the one who challenges the Christian faith must account for the same mysteries. Disbelieving Christianity does not make the mysteries, enigmas, and paradoxes go away. One of the problems with worldviews besides the Christian one is that they can account for so little. They may have an explanation for how to find peace, but they can’t explain the difference between good and evil. They may have an explanation for how the world came to be, but can’t explain why we should value life over death.

Only the Christian worldview can explain all the major questions of life without contradiction, because only in Christ is all wisdom found.

“…the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:2-3)

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