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Read: Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Did Adam and Eve have belly-buttons? I don’t know. Does it matter? If Adam and Eve produced Cain and Abel, and then Cain kills Abel and is required to leave home, where do the other people who are living in other lands come from? I don’t know. I’ve heard theological speculation about the other people inhabiting the Earth at the time of the “first family”, but I’m not at all convinced of those suggestions.

Remember: the Bible tells us “what we need to know”, not everything we want to know. Let me also remind us that always taking the Bible literally is not wise. And finally, let me also remind you that people of faith have different opinions on the answers to questions of faith, and can cite a verse of scripture to support their perspectives. It’s okay that Christians don’t all view things the same, or believe exactly the same. We are not saved by having all the answers – we are saved by grace (Eph. 2:5, Eph. 2:8).

John Wesley (is believed to have) said, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity.” That is a very important principle. For far too long the Christian family has been divided by a desire for theological perfection. True Christian unity does not require uniformity. Christianity can celebrate our common beliefs and also allow space for diversity, differences, and disagreements.

Some Christians are troubled that other Christians hold different ideas and beliefs; they tend to hold a true/false, black/white, good/bad worldview of false dichotomies. Some even break off fellowship with others over small differences in theology. That is sad and tragic. I like what Ecclesiastes 3:11 says of the human struggle to comprehend, “God has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom