I’m a skeptic. I have a hard time taking things at face value, especially in today’s culture. If I get an email from my bank or Paypal about my account, I never click the links. I delete the email and then open up a second window on my own. If I read a story online, I fact check it to make sure it isn’t a hoax. Why? Because most of them are! In a world where everyone has an opinion and they can share it easily with the rest of the world, it creates doubt.
Faith is no different.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it!”
I’ll be honest, that person worries me. Listen, I believe the Bible. I believe the Bible is the Word of God and doesn’t merely contain the Word of God. But I came to this conclusion after years of study and personal discovery. Simply believing something just because “it’s in the Bible” is nothing more than blind faith.
And blind faith is weak faith.
Faith is at the core of the human soul. This is important stuff, no matter what you believe. You may be reading this and not believe in Jesus, God, or the Bible. I respect that… If you came to these conclusions on your own. Whether you are a Christian or not, I don’t think we should simply believe something because it is what our parents believed.
Or what we learned in school.
Or what a friend told us our freshman year of college.
I think this phrase is feared in a lot of churches. It shouldn’t be. I want to question things. I work in a church as a youth director, and I challenge my students to question everything. Doubt is ok. Questions are healthy.
Questions lead to answers. If we aren’t asking questions, then we aren’t getting answers!
Have you ever noticed how many questions are in the Bible? Tons! Have you ever noticed how many questions Jesus never answers? Tons! Have you ever noticed how many questions Jesus answers with another question? You guessed it… Tons!
Phosphorus Project is all about asking questions.
We are a tribe of people still searching for answers, and we know God is comfortable with our questions. –The Phosphorus Manifesto
God IS comfortable with our questions. I believe God holds the answers to every question we could ask. So, we don’t need to be afraid of doubt and questions. God is ok with our questions. He welcomes our questions. Why?
Three Great Things About Asking Questions
- Asking questions strengthens our Faith. Blind faith has no strong foundation. But when we doubt, when we have to wrestle with God and ourselves about some difficult area of our faith, we always come out stronger on the other side. Some may doubt and fall away. That is an option we can’t ignore. But it is only by going through this struggle that our faith will ever be made solid.
- Doubt prepares us for adversity. At some point in your life, someone will question you. If you are not being questioned about your faith, then you are being way too quiet about it. (But that’s another post for another time.) Today, if someone were to challenge me on my faith, I know I can stand strong. Why? Because their questions can’t hold a candle to the doubts and questions I struggled with on my own. The war I had in my own soul was stronger than any battle someone could bring against me. So, I stand firm knowing that I have already dealt with these issues.
- Questions lead to discussion. Discussion leads to engagement. And engagement leads to relationship. That is why God doesn’t mind our questions. Honest questions actually lead us into a deeper relationship with God if we are honestly seeking answers. If I have a question about a friend’s career or hobby and he takes the time to engage with me and help me understand what he does, that leads to a better relationship between my friend and me. Same principle applies to God.
So, if you are struggling with some doubts and you have questions about your faith, don’t shy away from this struggle. Lean into it. You don’t need to be worried or feel guilty. You need to explore and find answers. Whether you are a Christian with secret doubts or you are just beginning to be curious about the claims of Jesus, push ahead. Dive into your doubt and your questions. You may be surprised at what you find on the other side!
What about you? What questions do you have about faith? If you leave your questions in the comments below, I promise to do my best to help you in any way that I can!