For as far back as we can trace, mankind has always been searching for the truth to two questions; firstly, ‘Is there really a God?’ and secondly, ‘If there is a God, how does that affect me?’Partly, Charles Taylor gets me thinking that questions change over time and cultures. Taylor notes that today people ask is there any meaning at all... whereas 500 years ago the question was more framed by: there's too much meaning.
It was unlikely that people in Europe would've been asking: is there really a God? 500 years ago. God and a meaning-drenched Universe were taken as read... whereas today we've put the Universe on mute and today in a post-Christian West our question might be more about whether: if there's a God is he good... while a big and impersonal God is the God we don't believe in.
Similarly as we presume upon good health, the question of suffering becomes massively important... and as our culture's ethics and moral norms change we're freshly offended by particular biblical teachings... yet, deep in the human heart the same distrust, disobedience and denial of the goodness of God remains.
In an ever changing world what are the questions? I suppose there's only one way to find out: to listen, and listen well to those around us. And then together we might pursue honest answers to honest questions, and find meaningful answers to the things that keep us awake at night, and even learn from others to ask questions that, for whatever reasons, haven't yet occured to us.
Image: In Question