Knowing God is the primary pursuit of the Christian life, because without knowing him, it's impossible to know his love or love him back. Of course, we never know him completely, only to the extent he permits—according to what he's revealed of himself. But we struggle even to understand that because our ability to reason is impaired by our finiteness and sin.
God has decided to leave us with mystery that we're expected to embrace—even when we don't fully understand. But mysteries are difficult to control and grasp, and so we try to make sense of them all.
While a rationalized approach to reading Scripture makes us feel better because we have everything "figured out," this approach reduces the meaning of Scripture to the human limitation of "sense." In the end, it doesn't make God more knowable and it risks his nature, character, and will. So although it may make "sense," it negates Scripture's authority because it's superseded by our limited reason.
Why Are Some People More Fortunate?
One way we tend to negate Scripture is through the mystery of salvation. In Acts 16:31 we read: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household" (NIV). In Romans 10:9, Paul writes, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
But what about the people who have never heard the gospel? What about those with geographical disadvantages, who aren't as fortunate as we are to be born in a culture where Christianity is an accepted part of society?1