Answer every Bible questionThis site is dedicated to answering Bible questions, but can we really answer every Bible question? This is potentially an important baseline or boundary for our faith. For example, if something is unanswerable, does that mean it isn’t so? If we can’t answer every Bible question, does that mean that God has failed or come up short in some way?

As humans, we can at times not deal well with things that remain unanswered or beyond our grasp. Maybe it is an inherent struggle between man’s pride and ego? For example, on questions regarding the creation and how we came into being. It’s not okay for some to accept the idea that God created matter by speaking it into existence. Some may protest and insist, “There must be more to it!”.

How Scripture answers "Can we answer every Bible question?"

We cannot answer every Bible question1,2,5,8,9,10. Supposing or expecting that we can only puts us in the same position of error in which Job found himself3, and paves the way for pride9 and false teachers/false teaching8. It is a futile endeavor as Solomon, the wisest man to live, discovered10. God is sovereign2,3,4,5, and we can only know what He has revealed to us through His word1,2, which is only part3 of “the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God”4 (but is sufficient for our salvation7). Formulating answers to questions that the Bible doesn’t answer – for example, prophecy that isn’t interpreted for us – would only be adding to His word6.

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The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
There are things that God has kept secret, but what He’s revealed to us are for our generations to keep and obey.
Moses is re-telling the law of God to the people before entering the Promised Land.  Chapters 28 and 29 specifically and famously cover the “blessings and the cursings”.  “Famous” since the prophets would often quote portions of these chapters in their sermons in order to remind the people of what God had promised them depending on their obedience to the Law.
How does it apply here?

There are things revealed for us, and things still secret to God.

2

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

We [apostles] impart a wisdom that is not of this world that is passing away. Instead, we share the once hidden wisdom of God, which existed with Him before the ages for our glory.

Paul is writing to the church in Corinth dealing with several serious issues throughout the letter, but here dealing with divisions among them and reminding them of the uniting nature of the Gospel. In this chapter, he emphasizes the need for them to rely upon the word of God that he had shared with them.

How does it apply here?

God’s wisdom has been hidden. The implication is that there is still hidden wisdom, that which has not been imparted by the apostles.

3

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
I [Job] know that you [God] can do all things and that any purpose of yours cannot be thwarted.  You asked who it was that passes judgment without knowing all the facts? Yes, it was I who spoke without understanding, things that are beyond me and don’t understand.
Job is repeating a rhetorical question already asked by God (38:2).  He and his friends have been speculating about “life questions” and God’s response and reaction, until finally, God Himself weighed in on the matter.
How does it apply here?

Job acknowledges the fact that he “got out too far in front of his skis” as we might say. His questions to and about God went too far.

4

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’
How great are the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! His judgments are unsearchable and His ways impossible to understand or interpret.  ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?
Paul is drawing his letter to the Christians in Rome to a conclusion.  He has just written about salvation coming to the Gentiles and illustrated it as them being branches that were “grafted in” (10:19), while warning that they too can be “broken off” again through unbelief (10:20-21).

To enforce his point of God’s great mercy and His gift of salvation available to all mankind (vs 32), Paul quotes from Isaiah 40:13, a passage he also uses in his letter to Corinth (1 Corinthians 2:16).  He also quotes or paraphrases the thoughts from Job 35:7 and/or 41:11.

How does it apply here?

The wisdom and knowledge of God are vast, too much for us to know (except that which has been revealed2).

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For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts, nor are our ways shared by Him.  Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

God is speaking through Isaiah the prophet around 700BC.  This chapter, along with the entire latter half of Isaiah starting around chapter 40, contains many confirmed Messianic prophecies along with images and foreshadowing of Christ and His coming Kingdom.  In this context, he mentions an “everlasting covenant” (vs 3) and includes the Gentiles (“a nation that you do not know” vs 5).

How does it apply here?

God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours; on a completely different plane.

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