There was a time when we knew the world was flat, the earth was the center of the universe, and Pluto was a planet. As humans, we are so full of ourselves that once we “know” a thing, we are relentless in defending it. Any suggestion that what we know might not be completely true, or even completely false, is received as heresy. There is a communal understanding that must be upheld, despite evidence to the contrary.
There are some who read The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe as book about children on an adventure in another world. Part of the story includes a big lion that dies to help them. An explanation that the lion represents Christ sacrificing Himself for our salvation is mocked, or received as a tale believed by the simple-minded. The book can be read as a children’s story and it can be read as allegory.
Even so, we need to approach the Bible with eyes to understand it for its deeper meaning, or even for its simple truth. I do not mean to imply that we come up with new theology, I just think that we tend to scratch the surface and assume that we’ve learned all there is to know. The righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. (Rom 1:16) Because it has to be revealed means that it is hidden until we find it. From faith to faith – what we think we know has to change if we want to grow spiritually. If we refuse to learn the deeper truths, we remain immature and unable to receive greater blessing. Read the Word and allow God to teach you something new. Don’t be afraid that it might be wrong. He will confirm His truth so you can trust it and grow in righteousness. It’s part of the closer walk with God, like a parent having deeper conversations with a child as he grows older. He will confirm what you know to be true and shake your theology in areas that need to be tweaked.