“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” (NIV)
Amy Orr-Ewing is a director at Ravi Zacharias Ministries.
When she was applying to Oxford University she had to face a special interviewing committee. They saw that she was a Christian and this provoked a pointed line of questioning.
One of the interviewers asked, ‘What are you going to do when you discover that your faith is based on a whole bunch of faulty assumptions?’ Basically, the interviewer was saying, ‘When you come to this fancy school, and the rigors of modern intellectual criticism come baring down on you and your naïve beliefs, are you going to fall apart?’
Orr-Ewing is super-smart and had heard these kinds of criticism before—criticisms, I should add, that are themselves naïve and misguided. Here’s what she said:
“I believe that if something is true it will stand up to rigorous criticism.”
The reason I tell you all this is because maybe you have questions about your faith. Maybe you’ve been challenged on something, or someone has told you that your beliefs are naive or built on a faulty foundation.
But you don’t need to be afraid of questions. As Orr-Ewing stated to her Oxford interviewer, if something is true it will stand up to rigorous criticism.
Just as Christianity has… for thousands of years.
I’ve certainly found this to be true in my own faith. The more I’ve questioned, the more I’ve explored, and the more I’ve researched, my faith has become bigger… not smaller.
If you have questions, that’s okay. Look faithfully for answers.
Your questions may be stepping stones to a faith that looks more like a castle and less like a dilapidated shed.
By Matthew Ruttan