I’ve been going over a list of Bible “contradictions” and objections that I plan to blog my way through. Most of these can probably be categorized as “taking two verses completely out of context to find a contradiction.” Many would be appropriately described as “failure to recognize subtle nuances.”
Then there are those that fall under “I won’t believe if I don’t understand every little detail.”
Where is heaven? What is it like? Where is hell? What is it like? Where is your soul? How can God be one and three? How can God be eternal? How can God become human?
My inability to explain every detail of Christian theology does not disprove Christianity. For that matter, having a convincing explanation for everything doesn’t necessarily prove it’s true either.
I think it’s reasonable to expect an authentically divinely revealed religion will have things that are hard – even impossible – to understand. An eternal, holy, omnipotent God is not going to be easily described to finite, terrestrial, limited humans. Some aspects of noncorporeal existence will be difficult for corporeal beings to understand.
So we should expect aspects to Christian theology that are hard, even impossible, to explain. That shouldn’t stand in the way of believing based on those things we can understand.
And it doesn’t in any other context.
One of my professors told me once that there are maybe a dozen people alive who understand general relativity. (Some say that is overly optimistic.) Another said that no one really understands quantum mechanics – and yet lots of people believe it.
In science, medicine, and philosophy we expect things to find things that are over our heads, beyond our comprehension. Theology should be the same way.