Steevo posted a comment · Nov 30, 2018
Paul says we look at heaven through a glass darkly, and I've concluded we look at earth through a glass darkly as well—we just forget. Our eyes only see matter, and we probably only detect one millionth of the spiritual activity behind the material scene. Our entire life is a fight of faith, and our enemies are invisible because they are spiritual, not flesh and blood. It's never a defeat to say "I don't know." Often it is a gross error to say your theology has an answer to all the mysteries, as in Job's comforters. Job himself was extremely frustrated with God for the unexplained calamities that befell him. The prophets and psalmists bemoaned the "seeing through a glass darkly" condition as they exclaimed "Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me? Why have you forsaken me? Why have you deceived me?" Our mission on earth isn't an intellectual pursuit to know the answer to everything. Our mission is to act, speak, and think in love, mixed with faith. Much of it will explicitly contradict our human logic, such as loving your enemies, doing good, and lending to them, expecting nothing in return. So is God's specific judgement supposed to be obvious to us? Most Christians haven't even figured out what is God's specific will for their life is. Wouldn't it be grand if we were granted the insight to clearly understand God's will as well as His judgments minute by minute without ever having our faith and endurance tested by the long dark nights? That's like getting the answer sheet at the same time you're given the test. But that would defeat the purpose of our quest to perfect faith through trials, suffering and even bewilderment.
Deancooper posted a comment · Nov 21, 2018
I'm thinking we need to do much better than just say, "I don't know why this happened". After all, if this was an act of God's judgement, shouldn't we know that? Don't we need to warn people? "Gee, fire and brimstone are raining down on us, but we don't know why". Does God really expect us to be this ignorant? Won't God judge us for failing to have discernment -- or at least for failing to seek Him for the answers? You're a preeminent Bible scholar, Dr. Brown. Are you saying we're just in the dark on this subject? For me, the answer would be closer to saying God may be lifting His hand of protection off of us. This happened after the election after all. In California. You wrote the commentary on Job, didn't Satan complain that he couldn't touch Job because God was protecting him? In that case, the lifting of protection was in order to prove Job's faithfulness, but surely it must get removed for other reasons as well. Note that if God did remove His protection -- or really just a measure of His protection -- from California, wouldn't that mean that the enemy can now go in and destroy things? Wouldn't that mean that innocent people would be hurt. In the same way, we are all to a degree under the protection of our government. If our government does stupid things, like how it managed the forests, won't innocent people pay the price? My point here is that we could sure use real wisdom. At all levels. And real answers. People really are being hurt. Isn't that motivation enough to get this right? Shouldn't we be pursuing wisdom?