Questions With No Answers

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There’re a lot of things that we don’t know. Sometimes, what passed off as scientific evidence could still theories waiting to be disproved. Here are just some things that we don’t know about the world:

  1. How many stars are really out there?
  2. How the sun is the way it is?
  3. How does a living cell live?
  4. What’s really in the center of the earth?
  5. What really happened to dinosaurs?

These are just some questions that scientists claim to have answered but their answers remain theories. Theories could be disproved as new evidences come. That is just science.

In many other aspects of learning, there are questions that we cannot answer. History is one field filled with unanswered questions. Philippine history on its own has a lot of unknowns.

  1. Where are Bonifacio’s bones?
  2. Where are Bonifacio’s bolos?
  3. Is there really a Yamashita treasure?
  4. Did Marcos really have a Swiss account?
  5. Who killed Ninoy?

Some of these questions may take ages of studying and digging and fact finding but historical questions are harder because as time goes by, the physical evidences wilt away, disappear or get destroyed. First hand eye witnesses are also frequently inconsistent, contradicting or sometimes end up dead for mysterious reasons.

Yet more than any science, historical or any question from any field of knowledge, the biggest and most important questions are the ones that remain unanswered.

  1. Who am I?
  2. Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?
  3. How do I live to that purpose?
  4. What is the meaning of life?
  5. What do I really want?

We can ignore and not care about science and history. We can just leave it to the curious scientists and philosophers to ponder and resolve. The last questions are the ones that really matter.  Everyone asks these questions at one point in their life especially when things are going rough. What makes it harder is that there is no standard answer. You cannot just get one evidence or one witness and piece it together with the next to make it seem like fact. With scientific and historical questions, those things are possible although not at all times acceptable. You cannot just say, “hey, I aced the biology test, and I’m good with people maybe my purpose and calling is to be a doctor?” or “hey, I aced the Bible long test, then I was able to attend all church services including midweeks and vespers plus studied my Bible for one whole month, probably I’m in for the ministry?”

I remember one of my closest college friend, Mike, who is now a pastor in his church. It took him a long time of prayer and struggle to finally answer the call to the ministry. There were so many detours and hard fought battles. His struggles may be lighter compared to others wherein lives are on the line, but in the end, he found himself in the arms of the Lord.

The road to answering these questions is long and hard. The answers are not like clothes with a one size fit all tag. It’s more like a specialized made to order clothes made just for you. What makes the search for answers more agonizing is the fact that we’re asking the wrong questions. We go to decide to do things that complicate matters. We seem to want to get the answers immediately when the answers must be taken in strides and in lengths.

“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passionsare at war within you?You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

James 4:1-3

We quarrel amongst ourselves and against ourselves for the things that may not really matter. We strive for riches, positions, power, relationships and other pleasures thinking that these are the things that we need most. Imagine the competition in the corporate world, in the field of science, in the field of academics. The competition is high. If you cannot make it, you get left behind. Yet the really important things are not part of the competition. We ask and look for our purpose in different places that doesn’t have the answer.

So where is the answer?

I don’t have an idea. Ask the next person and most likely the answer is the same. Yet one source tells us not the right answers but who can give us the right questions.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Romans 8:26-27

We may not have the right questions but if we hope for the intervention of the Holy Spirit, it will ask in our stead. It makes intercession meaning it represents us. In the same manner, the person whom we should be asking is also searching our hearts and already knows that things that we need.

Amazing as it may seem, the Lord already has everything planned. All we have to do is hope and pray and have faith in Him. Not so hard to say but quite difficult to practice. None the less, God gave us his assurance that in the end, he will take care of us.

That in itself is enough answer to all questions.

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