Finding Periods in a World of Question Marks

We live in a world of uncertainty. We hear it in our conversation through words like: probably, like, almost, maybe, … I think. We have learned how to second guess almost everything we say (see I even through in the disclarimer “almost” because there is a possibility there is something we say that we don’t second guess). We live in a world whose sentences end in more question marks than periods.

One thing I love about the Gospel is it can be talked about with certainty. No, it cannot be scientifically proven or tested in a laboratory. But we know it is true. Something inside of ourselves tells us there has to be more to this life than what we see and feel. When you talk about the Gospel of Christ and the salvation he brings there are no “maybe”s or “almost”s. He doesn’t almost save. It is not like salvation. It is not a probably or a “Christ died to take away our sins, I think.” No. He did it. It is true. It will never change. There is certainty. The guidepost doesn’t move. The rules don’t change. There is no upgrade or 2.0 version. There is no sequel. There is no failure or lack of follow through. It is. Black and white. Plain and simple. If’s are out the window. So are the ands and buts. Period.

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there are no questions in Christianity or that living the Christian life will eliminate all questions
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0 Responses to Finding Periods in a World of Question Marks

  1. douglasryoung says:


    Wonderful thoughts. You are right, in a world of uncertainty and confusion, there is something of which we can be certain.

  2. Philip says:

    And see, what I was hoping for was an unapologetic statement in a world full of disclaimers…

  3. mattdabbs says:

    I don’t think I was apologetic, was I? šŸ™‚

  4. mattdabbs says:

    I don’t think I was apologetic, was I? šŸ™‚

  5. greenup says:

    Just because there is Truth doesn’t mean we know all about it. Chasing down cross references for better understanding can take years.
    Also, what would passover be without the four questions? Just because the answers are available doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t ask them.
    I see that your disclaimer does not recommend questions. Does that mean it does not recommend growth? (oops, I’ve obviously been infected by reading the post… I asked a question.)

  6. mattdabbs says:


    The disclaimer is satire. Philip got it.

    I am not discouraging questions. I am saying that there are certain things we don’t need to say tentatively like “Jesus is Lord.” I have no if’s and’s or but’s about that statement. There are other statements I don’t say with as much confidence and other things that are not statements at all but are valid questions.

    By the way, I notice your page has its own disclaimer! šŸ™‚

  7. greenup says:

    actually, you did a better job of communicating your joking nature than I did. I’ve been doing a lot of research for my passover next weekend, so have been a little frazzled about Questions.

    I almost linked to my in my previous comment, but even though I think it’s funnier than this specific disclaimer, it doesn’t have anything related to the topic of Questions.
    By the way, my primary browser (seamonkey) really trashed the PRE block; it overwrote it with the right column. I haven’t figured out why yet, though.

  8. mattdabbs says:


    After I posted my comment I saw your second one (all in fun). Thanks for joking with me a bit. We often keep these discussions so heavy and that isn’t always necessary. God bless,


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