Lately I have had a lot of questions.
Questions about why Church has become more about the individual and less about loving others. Questions about hell, and who goes there. Questions about if a loving God could truly send millions of souls to hell, and still be considered good.
I have questions about my friend who is gay. He doesn’t seem like an abomination to me; I love him like a brother. Why would any church that claims to love others hate him? Did he not tell me because he was afraid of my judgement? Why did this injustice towards LGBT’s only move me after I was personally affected? What does that say about me and my character as a person?
I have questions about who Jesus was. Actually, I have questions about the way the church portrays Jesus. Why is he white in 90% of the pictures I see? I know his death and resurrection are important. Why does his life not hold equal weight in the teachings of the church? Why do we love to quote Jesus when he talks of heaven but shy away from verses such as, “Blessed are the poor” (yes I purposely left out ‘in spirit,’ look up Luke 6:20).
Why are there so many different interpretations of the bible? How can the bible be 100% literally true in its present form if people reach different conclusions upon reading it? Why do we so often not read the bible with proper historical and cultural context. Shouldn’t context be everything?
Why do we assume that we know everything about theology and morals that there is? Why do we brand anyone who floats any new idea a radical? Isn’t that what Jesus was? 200 years ago we claimed we had truth; while at the same time using our theology to justify slavery. Now we balk at that idea and say that was not truth? Truth can change? What is going to change in the future that we are so sure of now?
Why do people find questions so dangerous?
Isn’t a question just an inquisition that one throws in the direction of truth, hoping to eventually hit it?
Shouldn’t people like questions? Shouldn’t they lead us to the truth? If people think they have all the answers down pat, why do they fear the questions that lead to the truth that they supposedly have?
Didn’t Job ask questions?
I think we should embrace questions.
Some would question my faith after reading this. I think questions strengthen my faith.