Do We Have an Answer to Every Question?

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It happened again last week—a science teacher asked me, “How did God create light before the sun?” How would you answer? Is our faith weakened when we cannot explain how God did this?

My answer was, “I don’t know, but the Scripture says He did.” If our faith is based on our human ability to provide every answer, we will fail. But if our defense is based on our trust in Christ and the authority of His Word, we will be prepared to help people in every situation.

Where Our Confidence Lies

When Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians, he told them his confidence was not in his own lofty speech or wisdom, but in the work of Christ, His Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2).

The Apostle John also displayed this confidence that the Holy Spirit gives all believers sufficient knowledge of the truth: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it and that no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:20–21).

Our confidence lies in the truth God has revealed to us through the gospel and the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit.

Does This Mean Every Question?

God’s Word never promises to answer every human question, but it does promise to be the basis of truth for understanding all things (Psalm 86:11; Proverbs 30:5; John 1:14; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16). That includes history and science, as well as doctrine.

When we base our thinking on God’s authoritative Word, we can confidently answer questions about our world and our life. The question is not whether we can answer every question but whether the Bible is trustworthy in all that it teaches—and it is. Often we underestimate the direct answers we do have in Scripture.

We Cannot Control Acceptance of Truth

But sometimes people simply will not accept answers from God’s Word. For example, skeptics refuse to consider that a miracle of God could explain the origin of the universe.

God’s Word never promises to answer every human question.

Observable science shows that something never comes from nothing, so skeptics do not have a scientific explanation. The Bible, on the other hand, does not contradict this clear scientific principle. It gives us the entirely plausible truth in Hebrews 11:3: “The things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.Genesis 1 reveals that God miraculously spoke the creation into existence. Even the unexplainable is better understood from Scripture.

However, the best scientific explanations will never sway someone who refuses to be convinced. People will only ever accept this truth by hearing the gospel and trusting in Jesus Christ, who is truth (John 14:6). Then the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth (John 16:13). Our job is to point them to Christ.

Steve Ham, is the senior director of international ministry for Answers in Genesis and has authored several books, including In God We Trust. Steve is married to his wife Trisha and is the father of two.

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