The necessity of Mystery and Doubt

For the last 6 years I've gotten my fix from a show called "Lost".  It was a brilliantly written show.  It frustrated a lot of people because the show did not reveal a lot of secrets up front.  It kept you hanging for awhile.  A long while.  What's in the hatch? Who are the Others?  What is the Island?  Why are all the survivors connected?  What is that black smoke in the jungle?  However, it was for that reason, that I loved it.  The show was loaded with biblical symbolism throughout the six seasons.  There was so much symbolism, that Pastor Chris Seay from Ecclesia in Houston, wrote a book about it.  You can get more information on "The Gospel According to Lost" here. I reveled in the mystery.  If we had all the answers then what would be the point of the mystery?  Why even watch the show?  

 For me faith is the same way.  Not having all of the answers can be very frustrating.  Why is God like that?  Why did this happen?  How is this going to work out.  How about reading scripture?   Have you ever read a verse and said…."Whaaaaaatttttt?!?!?!"  Yes. Yes you have.  Admit it.  It's all a part of the mystery.  If you have no questions about your faith…then what kind of faith is it.  It's the mystery that makes your faith stronger.  It's knowing that you don't have all the answers.  It's about knowing that God is God and you are not.  The mystery makes our faith deeper and more rewarding. The point of the mystery is not knowing all the answers…but in knowing God more intimately.

In fact, most people dog and get down on "Doubting Thomas".  In John 20…Thomas doubted that Jesus had in fact risen from the dead.  Thomas needed to physically touch Jesus in order to believe.  However, it is through this doubt that I believe that Thomas encountered a deeper understanding of faith.  Instead of casting our doubts aside as "not being a good Christian"…..let's use those doubts to drive us deeper in our understanding of truth!  We doubt, not cause we don't believe…but because we want to believe more fully!  

We need to celebrate the life-long mystery of knowing an amazing GOD.  Each day is a new episode and each year is a new season.  Make the best of the story because your pursuit of God is what makes this life exhilarating.  You need to wrestle with your questions and doubts.  

Lost finished last year and is not going to come back.  The story has been told…but it's far from over. The internet is still abuzz and the conversation continues of the mysteries and theories associated with the show.   As in our faith…the story has been told (The Bible) but it's far from over.  In fact, God's story continues in and through our lives.   We are a part of the mystery.  Wow. 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!  Romans 11:33 NIV

"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? JOB 11:7

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28


2 thoughts on “The necessity of Mystery and Doubt

  1. Great post (not because I liked Lost… I did like it, but – as you know – I didn’t like the ending. lol) Anyway, loved this line above… ” We doubt, not cause we don’t believe…but because we want to believe more fully!” Wonderfully put!

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