In a few ways, answers and solutions can be one-in-the-same … but in other ways the two are very different from one another.
Answers can be like opinions – we all have them, but the answers may not necessarily solve the problem. This is because, like opinions, answers can be wrong. Thus the need for proper solutions.
But the thing about solutions is they aren’t as easy to follow-through with as coming up with answers tends to be. They can be down-right challenging!
Take for example the time Jesus gave a solution to sin while talking about the danger of adultery and the sanctity of marriage:
“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30 NKJV)
The answer to sin is always repentance (Luke 13:1-5, Acts 17:30-31; 2 Peter 3:9), but the solution may be more difficult than the answer appears to be. In the case of adultery’s danger and the sanctity of marriage, Jesus’ solution (which is meant to be metaphorically taken) is saying we must do whatever we have to do to pursue righteousness in our avoidance of sin. The solution calls for a mindset that realizes the cost of avoiding of sin will not be as serious as the cost of sin.
The previously mentioned solution is a “rowdy” one, but it works every time when it comes to walking the path toward eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14).
Proper spiritual solutions can be difficult because they get personal. Personal details of personal problems in the middle of personal trials, personal temptations and personal sins. These details must be shared with God (Psalm 51:17); and perhaps trusted brothers or sisters in Christ (James 5:16-20). This can be challenging, but God promises to provide solutions along with answers to our problems with sin, if we would trust and obey him more than self (1 Corinthians 10:13).
When it comes to sin, the cross of Jesus is the answer and the solution (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Luke 9:23, Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:1-4). Glory be to God for that! (Jude 1:20-25)
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV)