As children we are conditioned to obey. Because I said so is often times a very familiar phrase to many children by the age of five. But obedience without reason is only tolerable when one is unable to reason for himself. There are seasons in all our lives when we cannot effectively reason. In these times, reasonless, or blind obedience may provide us with safety until we learn to reason for ourselves or can reason again for ourselves. However, this is a season, not a permanent condition.
Whether we admit or deny it, we all have a deep desire to reason for ourselves, which always leads us to question things. We grapple and quest for the answers of life, love, and yes, even God. We struggle because our souls thirst for awareness and our spirits hunger for awakening. Deep in our being we are not merely trying to survive, but we yearn for things to make sense to us. We are struggling to find meaning for ourselves. This struggle to find meaning is evidence of spiritual growth and progress. Questioning and reasoning are not wrong. They are actually proof that we care; that we want to know God as fully as we possibly can.
How does God see us? God sees Himself when He sees us. He sees His image and likeness in us. And, when God sees Himself in us, He accepts that we, like Him, are creatures capable of both creating and reasoning, and expects nothing less from us. He gave us the gift of reason and invites us to put it to use.
The ability to reason and question is God-given, God-led, God-like, and God-invited. There is a standing invitation to reason and to inquire of the Eternal Mind of the universe. Now, more than ever, is the ordained time to accept this invitation and to draw closer to our Creator with our minds.
Quote of the Week
"I do not feel obliged to believe the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use."