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Unanswered Bible Questions

Don’t let the title of this article cause you to question my convictions regarding the Bible’s ability to answer questions. I’m not questioning that in the least.
I also have to be honest and admit the Bible doesn’t answer every question one might pose. Does that mean the Bible is incomplete? Does it mean we must look for additional revelation from other books (Book of Morman, the Koran) or other sources (nature, astrology, modern day prophets) in order to gain the answer to the questions which burn within us?
Let’s begin by asking what questions the Bible claims to answer. One way to do this is by letting the men who were inspired by God to write certain books tell us why they wrote what they did. We begin with Luke, “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” (Luke 1:1-4).
While others had written about the life of Jesus, Luke desired to write a chronological account of some of the events in Jesus’ life. His purpose was not to tell “the rest of the story” but merely to place “in consecutive order” the events he selected from the life of Jesus.
One of the other accounts we have of the life of Jesus is from the apostle John. While he wrote on the same theme as Luke, his purpose was quite different. “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31) John’s purpose was not to give his readers “a glimpse behind the scenes” but to tell of the miracles Jesus performed so that by reading about these miraculous works one would come to believe that Jesus truly was the Son of God.
Questions like, what kind of baby, teenager or young adult was Jesus? How skilled of a carpenter was Jesus? How did he get along with His other brothers? How did he learn about his miraculous birth? These and a host of other questions are left unanswered by all four of the gospel writers. Why?
To answer that, we must understand the purpose of God’s scripture. Paul says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) What kind of profit did God intend for man to receive from His scriptures? The type which would equip mankind with the knowledge necessary to go to work for the Lord. In other words, life’s practical matters such as what to believe and teach, how to reprove or be reproved when that teaching is abandoned, the process required for correcting the error and what is needed to maintain a right relationship with God (righteousness). God’s purpose for His scripture is to provide that which is needed for mankind to practice that which is pleasing to God.
So what type of question does the Bible not answer? Curiosity questions like…where did Satan come from? How did Cain get his wife? When did God create angels? And a host of others. These have nothing to do with knowing how to live godly and thereby pleasing to the Lord. The Lord never intended for His revelation to contain secret or coded messages; never intended for it to give answers regarding trivial matters or provide details which have nothing to do with practical godly living. Those matters may peak our curiosity but the Bible was not written to reveal those juicy tidbits.
Even so it does not keep some from bemoaning the fact that their idle curiosity is not satisfied. Thus they begin speculating regarding what might have been or will be, depending upon the nature of the question. Unfortunately, human nature hasn’t changed much. Paul admonished Timothy to “refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.” (2 Timothy 2:23) Where revelation is lacking, speculation abounds; where speculation abounds arguments will arise between men who suppose their explanation is better than another’s though neither has real evidence.
Why not unite on what we know and encourage others to let the Bible answer the practical questions of life and leave the curiosity questions, well, to the cat. Unfortunately we’ll fare no better than the cat until we do.

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