It is surely logical to suggest we can’t be certain what an invisible, inaudibly God thinks. Besides, total certainty is an illusion because even if God is Truth, we still have to discern what is Truth. For example, does God desire preachers or priests be women or gay? I am convinced so many people are leaving the institutional church, but not God, because of lack of open dialogue. It’s hard to be relational when you are so damn certain!
Certainty often leads to unloving actions.
When one is certain what God thinks according to the Bible, perhaps out of fear or respect for a Supreme Being, this can lead to threatening or forcing supposed certainty on others. Condemning gays, though those who accept Scriptures as authoritative don’t agree the Bible disapproves of homosexuality. Denying women entrance into the priesthood or pastorate have been justified in God’s name. Anyway, God knows forcing beliefs doesn’t really lead to lasting convictions.
Uncertainty can lead to acting more loving.
Being unable to declare the certainty or morality of our opinions forces us to listen and express ideas openly. Starting a conversation with “I may be wrong” more likely leads to new understandings and creative solutions. Try it in relationships! Uncertainty doesn’t result in lawlessness. Who doesn’t know God hates murder, sexual abuse, stealing, adultery, even not treating others like you want to be treated? Continually evaluating the most loving approach is better than claiming certainty and being wrong.
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