Solstice commented on my post On (re)becoming a Christian: "I'm not sure I follow what you mean by the difference between an insight and an answer they seem synonymous to me." I was referring to how participating in the liturgy at church and pondering symbols in the stories of Jesus helps create a mental space where insights, but not answers, can emerge. I also say on my About page: "I don't claim to have any answers, but perhaps the things I write may help to spark some insights." So let me explain the difference.
I think "insight" implies something like, "Yes, that seems right," such as, "This thought that popped into my mind while kneeling at the communion rail appears to be a sensible course of action," or "I can see some connections between this narrative and such-and-such area of my life that I want to improve." I should mention that I interpret pretty much all religious stories, whether they have a basis in history or not, as mythology, by which I mean high praise. I take the definition of myth given by Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, Jean Shinoda Bolen and others: A myth is something that never happened, but yet is always happening. It may have begun as "just" a story, but it endured because it tells us something profoundly true about the human condition. Myths from all sorts of traditions have been a huge source of insight for me about myself and my life. (More about how to read a myth another day.)
To me, "answer" implies certainty, an assumption that cannot be questioned, a course that must be stayed. I am extremely uncomfortable with the level of certainty that the word "answer" implies. Whatever I think I may know about God or about the course of my life or how I should interact in my relationships is always subject to change. I make guesses that I perceive as well-founded through a combination of reasoning and intuition but I. Do. Not. Know.
When it comes to God, "Yes, I think so." Regarding Christianity, "It's yielding positive emotional and spiritual results for me." But answers and certainty are something that I will never claim, not for myself, and certainly not for anyone else. I do not know, and I do not trust anyone who says they do know. I think that's a self-deception, and a very dangerous one.
Though, of course, I could be wrong. ;-)