How much is enough?
How much information does it take to convince someone of anything? I figure people see the answer to this question somewhat with the saying at the back of their minds, “time heals all things”. But that is just the thing no one can ever tell us. How much?
It is only logical that people know what is needed in any given situation to fulfil any given purpose. Similarly people look for the right amount of the, “answer”, to fulfil that purpose, that goal, that life even?
But what is the “answer”? Rather, what is the question? Who formulated the question? Why was the question formulated? Are we looking for answer we’ve already come up with in our own minds… out there; in order that we can say, Yes! that’s it! Like one of my preferred musical artistes one said in a poem (im sorry for quoting you Prop), when deliberating over a similar dilemma, of an answer to a question in saying that the answer to a question depends on when and where the question was asked.
I figure this formula comes into play:
1. To set the right context for all other following questions stemming from this initial idea
The reason that why there is no successive 2. 3. 4. etc. is that what is, is. There is no personal interpretation based on subjective experience, to twisting to make what, Is, suit our context, to do what we want It to do. There is only The One. The Way. The Truth and The Life. (Seeing i’ve come this far it’s best i just say it).
Truth cannot be changed because God cannot be changed and since that is how It Is, or rather, that is Who God Is [not a convenient filler for occasional but the substance of all things (Col. 1:17) ].
The Apostle Paul reveals in Scripture that no man is without excuse (Rom 1:20) and that all men know the truth: Romans 2:14-16 :
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
And Scripture again dissecting the human condition revealing the ‘true’ heart and intents of man saying: Romans 1:18-25:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Man can blame neither God nor his fellow brother or sister for rejecting God’s Truth (Jesus) in all of creation around them and in all of His conviction within them.
How much information is enough? The answer is both humorous, simple and yet complex. God; as revealed to mankind through His Word, Himself to mankind (historically and daily) and within man’s heart in all of its simple splendour and intricate, mind-boggling complexity is enough.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
May we be like Paul and rejoice not solely in our ignorance (let us always press toward the mark – Philippians 3:14), but the sufficiency and promises of God (just to name two: Philippians 1:6, Jude 1:23) that He will make all things new in His Perfect timing and by His Wondrous Power (Revelation 21:5).