I love to fly! There is a sense of awe and wonder that comes as you glide above a mountainous landscape against the backdrop of fluffy white clouds. My first chance to pilot an plane came when I was just 14 years old. I knew very little about flying during that first lesson (who knew radios were for communication and not getting your groove on?). But after brief instruction on the basics of controlling the plane, we got in and took off. Just 15 minutes after getting in the plane for the first time, my instructor gave me control. In that moment, with a goofy little grin on my face, I became a pilot (sort of). I didn’t know all there is to know about flying. I still don’t. I never will. Airplanes are very complex machines, and the science and engineering involved with flight branch out to other areas of study. To come to a perfect knowledge you’d need to understand aerodynamics, mechanics, engineering, manufacturing, radio communication, meteorology, human physiology, GPS systems, which require information to be relayed by satellites, so we can add rocket science, and the theory of relativity to our list. The list could go on and on and gets more and more complex.
But my lack of knowledge about every aspect of flight did not, and does not, diminish the joyful experience of flying an airplane. While more knowledge is important and should be pursued (I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t fly on an airline with pilots who only took one lesson), the basic interaction and interfacing between pilot (or passenger) and aircraft is all that is really needed for that exhilarating experience.
As disciples of Christ, there is much we do not know. Some, due to our own lack of faith, study, experience, etc. Some, due to divine design to live by faith. But our lack of knowledge doesn’t need to diminish the joyful experience of being a disciple. All that is needed for that are the basic principles and ordinances of the gospel. If there are aspects of the gospel you do not understand, you should absolutely seek more knowledge. But the quest for more knowledge doesn’t mean you need to get out of the plane in the process.