A Facebook friend of mine, Hannah, posted a few questions about Christian beliefs. They were legitimate questions about science, history, etc. Interesting discussions took place. Some agreed the questions were valid, a few offered answers, others insisted that you should just believe.
I was really proud of her for asking these questions. Far too many have questions but never ask them because they fear the backlash and/or scolding that would follow. “Where’s your faith?” Yet, when Paul preached the Good News in Berea, the Jews there “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11 NIV)
When Paul preached at the Areopagus in Athens (also in Acts 17), he was able to speak to the philosophers there about Jesus using their own philosophical and religious beliefs. Some believed, some didn’t, some argued their points. Christianity is not a mind-numbing religion. It’s a relationship that needs to be more than a take-my-word-for-it belief system – that’s what cults are made of.
In any relationship, the participants must get to know each other… We must ginōskō God. He should have a burning desire in our hearts to learn more and more about God, about His plans, His desires, His heart. We seek Him through reading our Bibles, praying, meditating, and asking the right questions of the right people – people you can trust.
Questions are good. Have them. Ask them.