The other day, I came across a really interesting quote on Twitter. Not sure if you can call a tweet a quote but for the sake of this blog, we’ll call it a quote. I came across this little gem amongst the tweets about Justin Beiber, Colton Dixon and Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars.
The tweet/quote said, “Faith is the suicide of knowledge”.
For some reason, I just started laughing. Not in a derogatory way by any means. Sure, having faith means believing in something beyond visibility most of the time. But, it certainly does not mean I have no knowledge. I saw another tweet that ties along with this.
The weird misconception is that, Christians and anyone else tied to a religion, do not question their religion, thus making them ill-equipped with knowledge. In other words, we’re dumber than sheep. I personally don’t take offense to it because, as my wife will attest to, I’m not the brightest bulb in the Happy Meal…wait..that’s not right.
Growing up, I constantly questioned Christianity and God. After I became a Christian, I still had questions; they did not just disappear. I’m currently a seminary student and I still have questions. Mainly why is it that PhD’s use such big words in their writings? But I wanted to know more. I wanted to know what my faith is and what being a Christian means. In doing so, it’s allowed me to answer questions, to the best of my ability, to those who questioned my faith.
The Bible even talks about this. Peter writes, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,“.
As Christians, we should be asking questions about our faith. Really, it’s the only way we’re going to grow. I think in our society, we have this problem of asking questions; almost as if we’re afraid to ask because we’ll look foolish. But if we never ask, how will we ever learn and avoid looking foolish while stumbling over our words? To kick it old school, when you walked up to little Sally in the school yard when you were a kid, you didn’t just take her hand and said she was your girlfriend. No, you asked her questions. You got to know her. Then you asked her to be your girlfriend. This is probably a terrible analogy but hopefully it got the point across. Oh, and if you did all that without talking to her, well, that’s just more awkward than my writing.
The only way I learn about Christianity and the quirks inside it, I ask questions. I seek out resources to learn. I devour every book my seminary can throw at me, even the incredibly, painfully, boring ones. Why? So I know what I’m talking about. So I know what people see as mistakes in my “religion”. So I have a defense ready when people try to make my life suck just like theirs is that day.
The thing about faith is that is not a suicide of knowledge. If anything, it should spur us on an undying binge for knowledge. Why? Because the Holy Spirit was not given to us Christians just as a cool-sounding seal of saving approval; it’s in redeemed Christians to bring about change, a thirst for God.
Instead of sitting contently under a tree, twiddling our thumbs, let’s learn a little more about our faith and why we cling to it so. Let’s learn about other religions without a condemning thought but with the idea that there may be some truths to them.
Let not your brain sit idly but exercise it like a muscle.