Ask anyone who is wavering in their faith or has abandoned faith altogether, and you will find their doubt and disillusionment frequently has its roots in a disagreement with God. The reasons for disagreement with God are numerous and powerful enough to cut at the very roots of our faith if we allow them: Perhaps our worldview conflicts with God’s, because we are shaping our worldview from the values of the earthly kingdoms around us. Perhaps we have a sin that we desperately do not want to be sin. Often, we disagree about something that has happened in our lives - why did God allow us to suffer through that sickness/death/job loss? Even more often, we may disagree with God’s doctrinal truths - finding ourselves making up excuses to fellow acquaintances about God’s view on women in leadership, reality of Hell, and other equally “unpopular” Biblical topics.Read More
Music can teach some profound lessons. Because words fail to capture sounds, “Dissonance” is better heard than defined. You know it when you hear it. It’s a chord that seems chaotic instead of what most of us would call pleasing harmony. But musical pieces often use chords that are somewhat dissonant at strategic points in a symphony or even a pop or rock song. They may serve as a dark moment in a piece - perhaps punctuating the character of a villain in a film score. Or they may even build interest by creating suspense - capturing a moment of discord in the story - a question that is unresolved at the moment.
An honest reading of the Bible from its beginning will reveal moments of dissonance - some tension in the text or unresolved questions.Read More