- Religion and Philosophy
Should You Question God?
Questioning vs. Doubt
God created us to be intelligent, contemplative beings, capable of change. But don’t get confused between questioning and doubting; these are two different things. When you question God, you search for answers and have faith He will answer you. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18 When you doubt, you disbelieve His promises and sincerity.
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. Genesis 3:1-6
Eve knew what God required of her, but when the serpent told her God had lied, Eve chose to believe the serpent rather than God. Her moment of doubt was detriment to her and the result is felt even today.
When you read the book of Job, you can’t help but sympathize for his loss of family and property. He eventually develops health problems and his wife advises him to “curse God and die.” This all happens in Chapters 1 and 2. Then in chapters 3-37, Job and his four “friends” question God and Job’s goodness. "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,..." Job 38:1
God answered Job. Job and his friends questioned God with their ignorance and misunderstandings, but God still reached out to him. God didn’t answer because Job was a righteous man, but because God is faithful and loving. "Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness." Psalm 143:1 It is God’s faithfulness and righteousness that resolves our questions, fears and troubles.
Throughout the Bible are examples of questions posed by David, the prophets, by the disciples to Jesus—and they were all answered. Would God not answer our questions, when He loves us as well?
Divine vs. Earthly
People often give up reading the bible because they don’t understand it. They say God is not real, impossible to understand and turn their backs on their faith. But if the Word was just a human endeavor, then it wouldn’t be supernatural. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
The authors of the Bible were not smarter or more faithful than us. They were Spiritually inspired to share their experiences. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Timothy 3:16 Experiences that we also have today.
The Word would be easy to understand if it was finite, but it isn’t. There are mysteries that even Bible scholars cannot understand, but our faith is built on getting answers and our experiences grow as we learn. "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began," Romans 16:25 "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:" 1 Corinthians 2:7 "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:" Colossians 1:26
Pray for the Holy Spirit
God will reveal answers to our questions, but we need to ask them with the right attitude. You can’t read the Bible like a novel, looking for proof to deny God; the Bible is to be studied in love, already having faith that you WILL get an answer. "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;" Colossians 2:2
What little faith you have, remember God’s love toward you, and build on your faith. "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Ephesians 6:28 "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me." Psalm 86:7 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8 "He shall call upon me, and I [God] will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him." Psalm 91:15
Our Selfishness vs. God's Will
When we give up on God, it’s because we secretly want to go our own way, which is contrary to His divine will. Our love of self and harmful desires, are contrary to His will for us to be selfless and loving. Our human ambitions supersede God’s will, and the Bible becomes too difficult for us to “understand.”
"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Galatians 5:17 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:12, 14 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:1,14
Paul wrote of “[the Bereans], were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 They searched the Bible daily and sought after God. They did not live according to Paul’s faith, but their own knowledge and faith.
“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Acts 6:10 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15
God does not desire blind faith, He desires you to be in your right mind, wanting Him to be part of your life. You can't have faith based on what Billy Graham, Rob Bell or your pastor tells you. Remember His promises, what He has already done for you, and have a personal relationship with Him.
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