I spent several years doing church work with middle and high school students. The great thing about adolescence is that you have very few filters. You get to ask all kinds of questions without being concerned what people will think. Random curiosity seemed to drive so many of the conversations I had with students. I always liked the questions about what the Bible had to say about things like Bigfoot and aliens. I liked those questions because they came from a place of sincerity. They weren’t asking about those things to stump me or disprove anything. Teenagers spend a lot of time trying to figure things out and, specifically, how God fits into the world around them.
The truth is the Bible doesn’t really have anything to say about Bigfoot and aliens. As a follower of Jesus, the Bible tells me everything I need to know about God. But, it doesn’t tell me everything there is to know about God. Imagine if we tried to write down everything there is to know about God. On Jesus alone John wrote that if everything about him were written down the world could not contain the volumes. That means God is pretty big.
God is a lot bigger than my ability to comprehend Him. That isn’t to say that I don’t want to make the effort. I spend a good part of my days trying to figure Him out and I work with a team of people who are committed to communicating to others what we’re learning about God and faith and how all of it connects with our daily lives. God is so vast that there will never be a time in this life at which we will be able to proclaim that we know all there is to know.
If anyone does claim to fully and entirely understand God please tell them to let me know because I have a few questions.
(image from http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2009/09/hubble-telescopes-latest-image.html)