How can you sum up the gospel in two sentences? Most people would use an abridged version of the Romans Road. I’d probably piece together incoherent sentence fragments trying to say something about God’s love and restoring broken hearts.
To me the Christian faith is one of intrigue and mystery and seeming contradictions that both somehow stand. Christianity seems to live in a shade of gray where different and opposing worlds collide without shattering the other.
These things make it very difficult to sell Christianity. It’s a faith full of contradictions. Some sectors of Christianity train their soldiers to always have answer ready when asked, though sometimes the most appropriate response is shrugged shoulders and blurting out “yeah I don’t know anything but that I am transformed.”
Jesus was a man, undeniably, and was/is God.
Christianity is about a God who is ever-present yet in a way absent. The God who was here and ascended to heaven but is still with us.
As they say we are aliens here, yet we were made for this earth. I believe heaven will be a restored earth, yet we don’t quite belong here.
Jesus spoke of a kingdom that is here and yet continually coming.
We have been redeemed and made new, yet we are broken still. I know I am have been transformed and I am also painfully aware of how I can mess things up.
Fellow believers are our brothers and sisters, yet in a sense all of humanity is in our family.
I think one of the damaging things the apologetics movement has done is attempt to clear everything up and resolves all of these riddles, when in fact Scripture doesn’t attempt such a thing. For to resolve is to lose integral parts of both, and neither was meant to be cast aside or explained away.
Are you experiencing any paradoxes of faith? What is one that still baffles you? Which are you comfortable with?