We at Journey like to ask questions. We ask a lot of questions. Many of them start with the word why. We recently spent time sharing some of the questions of our faith that have haunted us. We didn’t seek to answer them, just to ask them. We have more, of course. But so you can see the questions that keep us up at night or get us out of bed in the morning, we thought we’d share a few of them with you.
Questions about God
- What does God do?
- Does God help with suffering?
- Does God punish people?
- Is God gendered?
- Is God an entity or the Ground of Being?
- Why don’t I just live to put goodness in the world rather than worrying about details of God?
Questions about the Bible
- How was the canon formed?
- How did the culture influence what was written?
- Is the Bible authoritative?
- Is the Bible true, or real, or factual, or whatever the right word is for what we are trying to ask?
- What do we mean when we say the Bible is true?
- Do I have to read the Bible every day? Should I feel guilty if I don’t?
- How should I read the Bible?
- What do we do with the violence in the Bible?
- How do you reconcile the testaments?
Questions about Prayer
- Does prayer work in any way other than to change myself?
- What is prayer?
- Why pray if God is going to do what God is going to do?
- Why does it seem like some prayers “work” and others don’t?
- How can we pray without treating God like Santa Claus?
Questions about Salvation (or Heaven and Hell?)
- What is salvation?
- Who can be saved?
- What does it mean to be saved?
- Who goes to hell?
- Is there a hell?
- Can salvation be lost?
Questions about Jesus
- Is Jesus really God incarnate?
- Why did Jesus come to earth?
- What does it mean when Jesus comes back?
Questions about Evil
- Why does evil exist?
- Does Evil actually exist in the world as an entity who is fighting to turn Christians to evil ways?
- How could “Christians” throughout the ages base terrible things they did on Christianity and think they were following Jesus teachings?
Questions about Humanity (and sin and our “state”)
- Did Jesus die for our sin?
- What do we do with that total depravity doctrine?
Like I said, that’s just the beginning. We ran out of time before we ran out of questions. Long before we ran out of questions. In fact, we shared a document with one another, and every time I look at it, it has grown. It’s a sacred part of our life together, embracing the questions and the unknown. What questions do you wrestle with?