Have you accepted that some questions are unanswerable? Questions like, “Why does a loving God expose us to suffering?” and “What happens at the moment of death to the many who are called but not chosen?” If questions such as these are really unanswerable, why should we pursue them? Why not just move on? On the other hand, if they are answerable, can we leave our most important questions unpursued?
Are any questions unanswerable? Might reasoning and scientific observation answer all our questions? Of course, our answer to any question we pursue is always subject to correction. Knowledge based on scientific observation is subject to correction by subsequent experimentation. Knowledge based on reasoning is subject to being refuted by superior reasoning. Despite this, knowledge attained by scientific observation and reasoning is as
good as any knowledge humans possess.
At first it might seem that questions about God and life after death might be unanswerable because science can observe neither. However, let’s not give up until we have given reasoning our best shot.
Might we begin by using reasoning to answer whether God does love us and invites us to an eternal intimacy with Him? We might first use pro reasoning as illustrated in the Meaning of Life Video Series and in Chapter 13 of Discovering Life’s Purpose – Philosophy 101. We might next use con reasoning as illustrated in Chapter 12 of Discovering Life’s Purpose – Atheism? Since each reasoning refutes the other, we need to determine which is sounder. Because even the sounder reasoning is subject to error, we need to next reduce the risk of its fallibility by assessing how well it is supported by complementary thinking.
The biggest source of thinking complementary to this question is religion. For example, you might begin by determining how complementary Christian teaching is to the two examples of reasoning referenced in the prior paragraph. You might first establish if Jesus is the Son of God using the reasoning illustrated in Chapter 16 of Discovering Life’s Purpose – Jesus Christ – Son of God and in How Can a Man be God?. If this leads you to conclude Jesus is God, you might explore His Greatest Commandment using Chapters 19 and 21 of Discovering Life’s Purpose and/or All the Alls in The Greatest Commandment and The Neighbour in The Greatest Commandment. Finally, you might compare the thinking of apologists.
Other significant sources of complementary thinking include that of prominent atheists and that of spirituality. The soundness of your reasoning is directly proportional to the amount of thinking that complements it and inversely proportional to the amount of thinking that contradicts it. All your thinking has now prepared you to answer the question, “Why does a loving God expose us to suffering?”
 C.S. Lewis, Norman Geisler and Lee Strobel are apologists whose writings are easy to read and follow.
 Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens are some of the most influential atheists.
 Spiritual Science provides you with valuable thinking on how spirituality complements science.