I am currently in my final semester in obtaining my Master’s degree in theology. I have thoroughly in enjoyed my online seminary experience. I have learned so much about God from the courses and my professors. Even though I must admit that I have not always agreed with their teaching. Still, overall it has been a rewarding time in my life.

That being said, I do have one complaint. This complaint comes not so much from my course curriculum but theologians in general. This cop out is that God is God, so don’t ask. Gerald Bray gives us a perfect example of the use of this cop out in his answer to the question of why does God not save everyone. He writes,

Once again we must first accept that the ultimate answer to this question is a mystery of eternity. We can only begin to understand it only in terms of God’s economy…The most important thing about this economy is that it is primarily personal. That God should do some things and not others is the decision of the persons of the Trinity.[1] 

In other words, John offers the common Calvinist answer that “God is God.” This seems to me to be a cop out. While I don’t dare to assert that we will ever know God in His fullest before the Second Advent. Still, as a student of and one called to learn theology, it seems to me that to leave a question unanswered is to give up. Part of having the mind of Christ is to think as God does. This is not simply a moral objective but in all aspects. As scripture says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings” (Prov 25:2) 

 

There are certainly things that God conceals, but as the proverbs points out God wants us to seek those things out. To simply respond that God is God, is to deny God’s desire for your life. Ask the tough questions, seek him in prayer, search the scriptures. These are things God wants from his children. Don’t just accept the cop out.

[1] G.L. Bray, The Doctrine of God (InterVarsity Press, 1993), 92-93.