Sunday, July 13, 2014

Not Understanding the Answer

Many times I have heard various people claim that their prayers have not been answered. They try to speak to God and they receive no answer. However, how sure can we be that we are asking the right questions? Do we understand the answers, we claim we never received? C.S. Lewis, in his book A Grief Observed gives his personal views on this theme, after the loss of his wife, explaining the topic theologically:

‘. . . When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of ‘No Answer’. It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like,  ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand.’
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask – half our great theological and metaphysical problems  - are like that.’[1]

[1] Lewis, C.S., A Grief Observed, (London, faber and faber, 2013), pp. 58-59. 

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