Questions, Questions, and more Questions

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Do people with a lot of questions get on your nerves? Does that person that just keeps hounding you, never seeming to leave you a lone get under your skin? Sometimes it does me. But I was thinking this morning about people with questions about faith. Specifically about Christianity. The more I think about it, the more I wish people would ask me questions. Not because I have the answers, I don’t, but if someone is asking you questions about your faith, then they are at least interested in it. It may not be the good kind of interested, but at least they are interested. When it comes to Christianity, the people with a lot of questions don’t bother me at all. In fact, it’s the ones with no questions that scare the heck out of me. It’s the ones that go through life accepting ever single doctrine, which is not faith, and move along as if all is well. Rob Bell puts it the best I have ever heard. He says that Christianity is like a trampoline. And what holds a trampoline up? Springs, The springs are the doctrines that hold it in place. But, they are also able to bend and stretch and move around. They are able to be “questioned”, for the furthering of Christianity. Think about Martin Luther. He is the founder of the “reformation”. But, it seems today that alot is just reformed and not reforming. Surely we haven’t figured the whole thing out. Surely we don’t have all the questions answered. Surely with ever answer comes more questions. I think God loves it when we seek him with questions. Look at the Bible. Abraham bugged God with a boat load of questions, Moses spent two chapters questioning God’s choice for a spokes person, which was him by the way. Even Jesus’ last sentence on earth was a question to God. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”.

So here’s the deal. If you are studying the Bible and searching for God and you have no questions, then it may be you aren’t really studying and searching. You may just be a brick follower. On the trampoline the springs are what allow this story we are all part of to move and shift and mold, but if you replace the springs with bricks, then you have no room for God to work. Doctrine is man made. Reformation is a movement in constant motion, where the mysterious ways of God not only bring us joy, but they also bring us more questions. Springs are good. Bricks are bad. Bricks are used to build walls to keep people out. Just like some doctrines. They were made to exclude individuals for whatever reason. But that’s not reformation. With bricks, change rarely happens. Sometimes you have to tear the bricks down. And what better way than by asking a lot of questions?

Shalom..

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