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The following are a sampling of REAL answers received on exams given by the California Department of Transportation’s driving school.
Q: Do you yield when a blind pedestrian is crossing the road?
A: What for? He can’t see my license plate.
Q: Who has the right of way when four cars approach a four-way stop at the same time?
A: The pick up truck with the gun rack and the bumper sticker saying, “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”
Q: When driving through fog, what should you use?
A: Your car.
Q: What problems would you face if you were arrested for drunk driving?
A: I’d probably lose my buzz a lot faster.
Q: What changes would occur in your lifestyle if you could no longer drive lawfully?
A: I would be forced to drive unlawfully.
Q: What are some points to remember when passing or being passed?
A: Make eye contact and wave “hello” if he/she is cute.
Q: What is the difference between a flashing red traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?
A: The color.
Q: How do you deal with heavy traffic?
A: Heavy psychedelics.
We all want answers in life. Some in our culture tell us that ultimate answers are undiscoverable, but that position must be recognized as an assumption. Making up our own answers is no solution either.
This is precisely where Christian theology comes in. It seeks to present answers to our deepest questions. However, even theology can be nothing more than the sophisticated guesses of men and women with multiple initials after their names.
What is needed, of course, is some kind of revelation from the Creator as to the meaning of life. And that is precisely what the Bible claims to be — a disclosure of truth from God about life’s meaning.
The Bible’s answers about the meaning of reality come in two forms: (1) general revelation (God communicating truth about Himself and the universe to everyone without exception through nature, human nature, and history), and (2) special revelation (God communicating truth about Himself and the universe to chosen individuals in specific time periods for His particular purposes). The term “special revelation” is usually used in reference to the Bible, the Word of God. Psalms 8 and 19 and Romans 1 illustrate the first kind of revelation. Psalm 119 and 2 Timothy 3:16 help explain the second.
But what if people don’t want the answers that God’s revelation gives? They are certainly free to go look elsewhere (although all alternatives prove to be poor substitutes). What is not open to us is to give up on finding answers to the meaning of life. For that individual, life becomes vain and empty (a theme dealt with extensively by the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes).
1. Why is it that we Christians find it difficult to say, “I don’t know”?
2. In our interactions with those who have not yet trusted in Christ, could it be that saying “I don’t know” would obligate us to do some research to give better thought-out answers to good questions?