The Danger of Trying to Explain It
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Saturday, September 29 2001 13:44|
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled "Just A Thought"
You’ve heard this by now: “The terrorist attacks are God’s judgment on America.”
Some people find this thought agreeable; others find it disgusting. Why the different views? C. S. Lewis wrote, “Everyone is attracted to bits of Christianity and wants to pick out those bits and leave the rest. That is why people who are fighting for quite opposite things can both say they are fighting for Christianity.”
As Christians should we even try to explain the terrorist attacks? Even a lazy review of Scripture shows us many possible explanations. When asked, “Why did this happen?” a wise man, unlike Job’s friends, will not offer a definitive answer. Why? Because while there are many possible spiritual explanations, there is no necessary explanation.
In other words, the Bible offers enough possibilities to make a single necessary explanation, well, unnecessary (as well as impossible). So what is the danger of trying to explain it? Simply this: You could find yourself sitting in a circle next to one of Job’s friends.
© 2002 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.