April 5th, 2012 | Ian Richardson
Young children have a unique way of looking at the world. As they begin to analyze their surroundings, they constantly search for answers to things that we seem to take for granted. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do the seasons change?” “Why do pets have to die?”
As we grow older, where does that tendency to ask “Why?” go, and why does it leave? A few weeks ago I found myself pondering this question as I sat in Order & Disorder class, which is one of the courses required for all Evangel students under the Frameworks general education program. Order covers a wide range of historical, artistic, and theological topics. During this class we were discussing the biblical basis for the Trinity. For several minutes my instructor had been standing in front of the class, dressed in a bathrobe, pretending to be a heretic claiming that Jesus was not really God. He even cited various scriptures (from the Bible no less) to back up his assertions.
While everyone in the class knew he was mistaken, we could not seem to prove him wrong. I know that Jesus is God, but I was struggling to come up with a convincing argument on the spot, let alone amass the amount of scriptural evidence that my instructor was twisting and using against us. I cannot speak for the other members of my class, but that moment made me ponder everything that I have taken for granted over my lifetime. I have been a pastor’s kid all my life, so it has been very easy to simply accept the foundations of my faith without questioning them. But what if someday I walk into a situation where I have to defend these beliefs?
One of the things about Evangel that I have found amazingly helpful is how it is providing me with not only a Christ-centered education, but also equipping me to analyze the sources of my beliefs and build a stronger foundation against the ways of the world. I am thankful for classes like Order that make me examine the all-important question “Why?”
Evangel college student or not, it is vital for us not to take our beliefs for granted. I encourage you to go out and explore the scriptures, wrestle with hard questions and ask even harder ones to people wiser than you. Don’t wait for a college professor in a bathrobe to challenge your beliefs. What you discover will make you stronger, and so will the process.