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Precious Child was always asking Abba questions. Not annoying one-word questions of “Why?”, but questions to soothe her curiosity. Precious child loves learning and Abba loves encouraging Precious Child to learn. Precious Child knows that, as well as trying to find out the answers for herself, she can ask Him anything. Precious Child never feels stupid with Abba because He will always answer with delight in His eyes as He knows her inside out. Abba always answers Precious Child with the honesty and respect she deserves – because He really is the best daddy ever! – My Journal Entry in February 2017

I ask a lot of questions. Some people even call me ‘curious George’. Most of the time I feel as if I’m highly annoying for asking such a lot of awkward questions. My desire is to understand, but oftentimes I seem to come across as difficult and people don’t like, or appreciate, my questioning. I don’t see myself as asking to annoy or upset – but I just have a quest for learning and knowing truth.

I also have an unusually high desire to be honest and for other people to be honest with me. I’m very bad at lying – even when I do manage it I feel terrible and very quickly confess.

For a long time I worried that Abba would get fed up with me asking questions too. But, fortunately, that has not been my experience. The reality has been that He has shown Himself most clearly and I’ve felt Him most closely when I’ve questioned and been honest with Him. This has been a huge surprise to me. He seems to honour and appreciate honesty and integrity. Even when I’ve wrestled with Him over things He’s brought me in line with Him as gently and lovingly as He can  – even if I can’t see it at the time. After all, I know this, ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.‘ (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

 

14 thoughts on “Questions

      1. Thank you for asking. One of the things I’ve recently learned is that acceptance of things doesn’t always rely on understanding. How He is God and where He came from is one of the things we don’t understand. Faith gives us another dimension to work with, enabling us to accept what we do not understand. It’s mysterious and ambiguous – two things that I too struggle with. Blessings.

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      2. Hi, by faith I would have the freedom to ask – if I wanted to. That particular set of questions, that you have courageously asked, are different from what I would ask. Your questions are valid. I would encourage you to ask Him directly to answer you. He is the truth, the way and the life. He knows all the answers to your questions- seek from the source. In the Bible James says, ‘ If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.’ (James 1:5-8 NLT). I pray blessing on you as you ask and seek truth.

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      3. Hi, again, hmmm, that’s a difficult question. I’m not sure that I can adequately answer that. Also, it’s rather personal. But, I’ll try my best to answer you – with the honesty and respect you deserve. For me, my faith is relatively new. Or rather I’ve always believed in God but recently developed a faith in 3-in-1 – Abba as Father, Jesus as LORD and saviour, and Holy Spirit as comforter and guide. Faith is an individual and unique journey, expressed differently from each of us. I can’t actually answer what I can’t believe by faith alone – any truths I struggle to accept are because I’m choosing not to believe which arises because I’m human. If, like me, you struggle with specific questions -about the Christian Faith – I’d be happy to explore them with you.

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      4. Thx for the response. I’m not sure you understood my question though. I’ll try again.
        If you ultimately believe “by faith” without the need or desire for evidence if what you believe is actually true, ie. You say you don’t want to ask God where he came from.. and possibly other things.. is Faith a reliable way to determine Truth claims?
        What could you not believe by Faith if that’s the case?
        And a follow up, what if two people, Christian or otherwise, hold two different and even contradictory beliefs by Faith.. how do you determine which is correct? Or are they both “correct”.. by faith?
        I admit, these are tough questions, but I’m not trying to troll. I appreciate your kind responses and I’m being kind and respectful as well. Thx in advance for your answers and consideration

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      5. Hi, sorry for not getting back to you sooner – I’ve been unwell.

        First question. I’m still not sure I’m getting your meaning. Therefore, my answer might not hit the spot – but I respect you, so I’ll give you my best answer. You asked, ‘is faith a reliable way to determine truth claims’. It’s a very important and valid question – thank you. I’ll be honest with you – I don’t fully know. I could have argued with you or ignored you out of frustration, shame or fear – but I refuse to treat you how I’ve been treated when asking tough questions. My best shot at an answer is a question, ‘does a lack of faith make something that is true, less true, for not being believed?’

        First question part b. You asked, what could you not believe by faith if that’s the case?’ That question feels like a trap. I don’t like traps. I’m going to have faith that your not trying to catch me out and answer you as honestly as I can, hoping that you really do want to know. My faith waivers a lot, in a lot of areas. I’m human. I’m fragile. I have a very difficult past. I struggle to trust anyone. God is no different. What I’m trying to do is put down my doubt and fear and letting Him teach me His truth. It’s a daily struggle. I became a Christian a couple of years ago, so I’m relatively new to all of this. I’d hate for my struggles or lack of faith to influence anyone or cause someone else to stumble. That is why I’m choosing not to answer you fully. I’d like you to respect me in that please.

        Second question. You asked, ‘what if two people, Christian or otherwise, hold two different and even contradictory beliefs by Faith.. how do you determine which is correct? Or are they both “correct”.. by faith?’. Christians are no different from any other human being. By that I mean that we are NOT infallible. I’ve learnt recently that we all hold a variety of core beliefs. Our core beliefs stem from a mixture of factors – upbringing, life experiences, what other people close to us believe, cultural influences, media influences, what we’ve read etc. When our core beliefs come up against new information that unsettles us, or causes us to have to think again, we might call that ‘cognitive dissonance’. That happens a lot in churches. When that happens it can be very difficult to resolve – some might even give-up and leave (boy, I’ve been tempted to do that too!). However, one of the things that I speak about in the book I’m writing, is that dialogue untangles mess. Also, acceptance of other people doesn’t rely on understanding them. Unity is still possible – and is much more healthy – when it is accepted among humans that you don’t have to agree with everything that the other believes in order to be in dialogue and ‘relationship’ (united) with them. Unity is not the came as conformity or uniformity. We can’t eliminate disagreement, even within the church, but I hope to demonstrate another way – a way where acceptance and freedom and grace and agape and forgiveness wins over any contradictions, differences, and conflict. That is the way of Jesus.

        Blessings.

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