Where is God?
Who is God?
Why would God create humanity?
Why would God give humans free will?
Is there really a Hell?
What will heaven be like?
Why its there sin in the world?
Is there really a Holy Spirit?
Is the Bible contains true or fictional stories?
These are just a few questions you can ask. I have found that when I ask the most basic and even the most profound (or at least profound to me) questions I end up growing closer to God. I have no issue with having doubt or asking good questions. In fact, I'm probably a little more fearful of someone or group that believes that they have it all figured out. God is a mystery. Even the things that He has allowed us to know is an extreme limit to His Awesome presence.
Our theme for our year is Legacy. So I thought last year that a good class to talk about the things we are already thinking about would be a good idea. So basically I am offering a class on Systematic Theology to our adults at church. However, the entire premise of the class is asking questions and discussing why each piece of what we talk about each week matters. Some unexpected things have already happened through the class.
1. People who I would have never thought would come, have come and greatly participated.
2. One member felt freedom to ask me a good question which led to them and a friend meeting with me to discuss and study things about theology and together asking unbelievably great questions
3. I have found some renewed passion for discussing and dreaming about God that is currently unleashed.
Really my passion for God has been stirred so much, I simply cannot stop reading scripture and thinking about God and His Kingdom. One question leads to a new and better question. I'm not shaken one bit by the fact that I cannot answer these questions. All it does is make me want to know God more. It is changing my prayer life and conversation with Him. I feel a Spirit-led change in me and cannot wait to see what God is going to do next. The class I'm teaching is for me, just as much as it is for the church. The best part is that I'm getting over 20 discussion partners each week to discuss views on God. Simply Amazing!!
If you need a boost to your faith and want to think deeper about God and don't necessarily need a definite answer then do these simple things to ask good questions of God and faith.
1. Rethink everything you already know -its ok to come up with the same answers as before and its ok to find a new answer
2. While reading your Bible underline or highlight something that doesn't make complete sense to you. Then ask questions about it.
3. Pray to God by asking a question of him and sit in silence to listen.
4. Be Okay with mystery and wonder
5. Find safe conversational partners to ask these questions and discuss how what we learn and know of God's nature could answer those questions.
6. Read authors that are asking and discussing good questions
7. Don't forget how you got where you are. Stay grounded!
I hope that when I'm 80 years old I will still be asking new questions of God. I never want to be settled in my faith. This is a great season!