Opposing Ideas

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

The need to wrestle with the tension between apparently opposing ideas is never more apparent than when we try to comprehend the things of God.  The sovereignty of God and the free will of man; the trinity (one God in three persons); faith and works; Christ as fully God and fully man.

Isaiah 55 tells us that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.  Opposing ideas from a human perspective, perfectly integrated in an amazing, complex God.  It would be arrogant to expect to be able to fully comprehend God.  It’s a gift that He reveals himself to us at all.


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