“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
Life is filled with mysteries and wonders. Since the beginning, humans have struggled to figure out just how, when, and especially why the world came into existence. When we think about all the great discoveries over the centuries, we realize most were made while trying to answer the basic questions; how, when and why? Throughout the ages, theories have been pondered and challenged and yet humanity as a whole has offered no definitive answer to these three basic questions. What’s amazing is that at the center of our human quest for knowledge, there is a much deeper question, one that for the most part the world is reluctant to ask: “Who?”
Who started all this? Who brought it all to being? Who are we and why should some higher power care about us? The people of God have known the answers to these questions all along. The answer is God. God started it all; God sustains it all and God loves it all. The trouble Christians face when making these statements is that the world still doesn’t accept such answers as authoritative. When asked, the world expects Christians to have all the answers concerning life’s great mysteries lest their faith be exposed as weak or unsure. People of the world demand the definitive answers that they by themselves cannot provide. Even when presented with the truth about God, all too often humanity chooses another way, the way of the world.
God calls his people to share the gift of their faith with others and in doing so we share the source of the answers to life’s greatest questions. All God’s people have the ability to share their faith regardless of background. Sharing faith doesn’t require one to be filled with knowledge or eloquent in speech. There is no status one must reach or credential to possess. The only requirement to bring someone to faith is that we speak the truth of Christ, his life, death and resurrection. God will do the rest.
Science will never fully understand, let alone reveal the answers to life’s the greatest mysteries. But by keeping Christ at the center of our discussions, Christians may help others come to realize the answer to the greatest question of all; “Who?” Once we understand that God is the creator of all there is and the author of all life, suddenly the how, when and why don’t seem so important. For in time, these too will be revealed through the one who answers the questions for all ages, Jesus Christ our savior and Lord.