“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I’m currently doing some preliminary work for some theological research that I will be doing this year. I’m in the stage of trying to come up with a question that is answerable in a year, ie. “why do bad things happen?” is probably not going to be answerable, especially in the space of a year. I’m also not sure that that is a question that there is going to be a simple answer to, and I like simple, clear answers and solutions to things. Sometimes we can feel trapped by not knowing the answers, we can feel overwhelmed by the unknown, so I was challenged when I stumbled across the following quote recently:
“[F]or the theological mind God is not a problem comparable to the many other problems which a person can, at least in principle, solve one after the other…The goal of theology, therefore, is not primarily the resolution (solution) of problems no an advance (progressio) from problem to problem, but the reduction of all known and questioning to the mystery of God (reductio in mysterium). It cannot be the goal of theology to move beyond faith in God by means of though, but only to grasp the mystery of God as mystery.”1
Sometimes God, and the mystery of God, will simply be the answer. And therefore, when we know God, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
- Kasper, Walter. The God of Jesus Christ. London: SCM, 1984: 14.
A reflection based on the Lenten Cross Reading for the 6th day of Lent.