I recently had the privilege of speaking to year 6 at Hillcrest Christian College. My assignment was a great one. Answer questions they had about faith and God?
The students had great questions.
Why are there so many different religions? How many are there?
Is there an original bible like a historical artefact? Have people changed the bible?
Who wrote the bible and where was it found?
How much of what we are told about Jesus is true?
Why would God create sinners? Why does God let hate happen?
Did Jesus really die or was he just unconscious? Is Jesus dead or not and is he God?
Can Jesus get sick?
Did Jesus swear?
There were many other questions. Even as I answered questions, the students weren’t done. Hands shot up to ask more questions and students lingered after class to find out more. It was great to be with a group of students who asked real questions for them and who really wanted to know the answers. The questions aren’t a lack of faith, they are part of the faith journey. They are a way of trying to figure out life, faith and God.
Do you still ask questions? Do you have it all figured out? Have you given up trying to know?
I hope you haven’t given up. Sometimes the students would throw out red herrings because they really didn’t want to know or didn’t care. Perhaps you have done that? You aren’t sure if the truth can be known, or you are worried it can be and you might have to make some adjustments in your life. But sometimes we have legitimate questions. Important questions. If you do, can I encourage you to relearn what the students at Hillcrest seemed to know. Some questions must be asked. There are important questions to be asked. Why go through life never asking questions about God, faith and life? Surely these are the most significant questions any of us can ask.
So if you have questions, find the courage to ask them. Even more importantly, find the courage to deal with the answers that may come.