Did you ever think that way?
Do you have questions as a Christian you are afraid to ask because of what other Christians might think of you?
Does it make you a bad Christian to question?
Recently, I was having this very conversation with a very good friend of mine. It appeared to us that there are many people in the church that have questions but they were not comfortable in expressing them. Both of us admitted to each other that we have questions that at times push us to the edge of abandoning Christianity all together. Is that a shocking statement to you? Can you honestly say that you have never, ever thought that what we believe is nothing more than a good story?
There are many things going on the world that have no easy answers. There are those in the church that feel they need to have an answer for everything, will say that it is sin, or satan that causes so much evil, and suffering and pain. you ever think where is God in this, especially when children suffer and die horrible deaths.
Look at what goes on in the church….the words of gossip or rejection that murder fellow believers, the legalistic attitudes that hold back the freedom that overflows from the endless grace of God through Christ. Why would God allow this most precious gift to be held captive and distorted by so many.
What about the silence that most believers encounter when they pray? Does He not hear? Does He not care?
I have so many questions, but the one that comes to mind so often is this, “What if all that I have believed over these last 25 years is not true?”
Some would say, “Why don’t you just give it all up?” It would put an end to the questions, I will admit. But I can’t. There is something within me, something apart from me that will not let me. That something I believe is the Holy Spirit. It is He that testifies to the truth of God and reality of the Gospel. There is so much about God and His ways that we will never understand. There are things that seem senseless to us here, but to Him they are clear.
So because His ways are beyond understanding we need to have faith in His wisdom, and ask the questions. Don’t be afraid, He will not get angry with you, His anger was satisfied at the cross.