I was having a good discussion with a friend of mine the other night about the difficulties of coming to a specific conclusion on one’s understanding of God’s sovereignty. The Bible has areas that support both sides of the spectrum. When you decide to believe one way or the other, or even to decide that you will pinpoint your beliefs right in the middle, your mind then takes a shift in how it interprets anything in the Bible that does not match up exactly with your beliefs. We may find ourselves going to great lengths to try and make the Bible say what we want it to say, instead of letting it speak for itself.
Most Christians will agree that God is so far beyond our understanding. I’ve often heard phrases uttered such as, “our finite minds cannot understand an infinite God.” If this is the case, then why do we feel the need to have pinpoint accuracy in how we understand the more difficult aspects of the Bible? Instead of having to choose a point on the spectrum of understanding of a topic, why don’t we allow ourselves to think about it as a spectrum? The Bible says “xyz”, but it also says “abc.” It isn’t necessary that it has to be one or the other. Could it be that we do not leave room for the ways of God to truly be beyond our grasp of fully understanding?
I do realize that this has the potential to be a slippery slope, but systematizing theology has just as much potential to be harmful as well. What are your thoughts on this?