Tackling the Big Questions: Introduction

I’ve addressed a lot of different topics on this blog.

Love.

Joy.

Temptation.

Suffering.

Growing up.

Oatmeal raisin cookies.

Each and every post on this blog is a reflection of my heart. No matter the subject, no matter the content, I have poured my soul into every piece of writing on this website. Some pieces may be better written than others. As you scroll through my posts, you are truly taking a journey back in time, into my own past. The boy who started this blog has changed a lot since his first post on February 20, 2014. I was only 15 years old when I started writing. The posts from that time in my life certainly don’t reflect the same writing ability as the posts I write today. But they are no less important to me. They give me glimpses into my own story and my own personal growth over the past few years of my life. Soon, this blog will be three years old. It has changed a ton; it has a different name, a different web address, and a different theme than it had when it began. I, the writer, have changed even more. But in all the time that I have written on this blog, there are some huge topics that I have never written about. Some of the biggest, most difficult questions in the Christian faith have remained unaddressed over the past three years.

Is there a God? Who was Jesus Christ, really? Can we trust the Bible?

These are some of the hardest and most important questions for us to ask. Yet until now, I have never chosen to write on these issues. There are a couple of reasons for that. For one, I have never really felt that I was up to the task. Some part of me has always assumed that wrestling with questions of such complexity and magnitude is a task for great theologians and philosophers, not a teenager with a blog. That’s the reason I’ve always given myself, anyway. But in reality, I think I have simply avoided tackling these topics because I have been afraid of them. I have personally pondered these great questions for most of my life, and have come to my own conclusions about the nature of reality. I have spent countless hours studying questions of metaphysics, epistemology, moral law, and the reliability of the Christian faith. For me, these questions and the answers I have come to are a deeply ingrained part of who I am. I think that some part of myself has always feared to dig into that place to draw out those answers for others. Too long I have made excuses and written about other things that are easier to write about. So today, I have decided to take on my most ambitious writing project to date.

When I first started my blog, I began with a series of posts on love. It was a huge project, culminating in ten posts: all related to one another, all on the subject of Christian love. Since those earliest days, however, I have never done another series. Now, I’ve decided to break that trend. I am excited and proud to announce what I have decided to call the “Tackling the Big Questions” series. Every week, starting this weekend, I will release a post that deals with one of the biggest questions in Christianity, including but not limited to the three listed above. As of now, I have a plan for five posts, addressing what I would consider to be five of the most significant questions relating to the Christian faith. However, I’m also excited to announce that this is to be my first interactive writing series. If any of you, my readers, have major questions about Christianity that you would like me to write about, I’d love for you to get in touch with me from the Contact page here and send me your questions. Depending on how much overlap there is with posts I’m already planning, I’d be happy to write posts specifically to respond to your questions, or address your questions within other posts that I’m writing.

I’m really excited, though admittedly a little nervous, about this undertaking. I pray that God will use this series to strengthen your faith and my own, and perhaps to lead those who are unsure of their position on God and Christianity to a better understanding of who God is. This blog is all about learning to live in the light of God’s truth. Only He can make sense of this crazy, messy world. By knowing Him better, we can know ourselves better and our world better. To know Him is what Christianity, and life, is all about.

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

(John 17:3)

So brace yourselves, dear readers. The big ones are coming.

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