WITHOUT KNOWING

 “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”

This is a common idiom expressing the idea that if you don’t know about a particular problem or misdeed, you will not be affected by worrying about it.  When someone says this to me, I start to worry.

Does worry come from having all the facts or from being completely ignorant?  In the front of my college Bible, I wrote quotes.  One of them said, “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair.  It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere fast.”

Sometimes what you know causes anxiety.  Sometimes, it is ‘not knowing’ that is troublesome.

Consider the etymology of the word ‘agnostic’.  The prefix ‘a’ indicates ‘to be without’.  The Greek word ‘gnosis’ means spiritual knowledge.  An agnostic is a person ‘without spiritual knowledge’.  An agnostic by definition is someone who does not know something.

Agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—is unknown or unknowable.[i]

If agnosticism has value, it is in its acknowledgment of the limitations of human knowledge.  But, does ‘not knowing’ make a person more or less likely to have anxiety about the day to day struggles of life?

The Christian faith rests in the claim that God is knowable.  We find good reason to believe by examining general and special ways that God has revealed Himself to humanity. 

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