Wednesday, January 02, 2008

More questions

Why don't most people ask the difficult questions about faith? "Questions that need to be asked. Questions that sometimes we are too afraid or too comfortable to ask ourselves. Questions that propel us into a search for something deeper, something fresher, something more real. Questions that actually require truth as their answer."

Is there a safe place for people to ask the most scandalous of questions, and offer the most unorthodox of answers for consideration?

Sometimes it's necessary to answer a question with another question, not to be difficult, but because sometimes the best answer is another question.

Jesus asked some of the most profound questions and not all were comfortable for his disciples or for us to consider:

"You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Matthew 8:26, Matthew 14:31
"Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?" Matthew 14:3
"Who do people say that I am?" Matthew 16:13, Mark 8:27; Luke 9:18
"But what about you? Who do you say I am?" Matthew 16:15
"What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" Matthew 16:26
"What are you looking for?" John 1:38
"What do you want me to do for you?" Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:36, 10:51; Luke 18:41
"Who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:29
"What is truth?" John 18:38

There are more. Not always easy to answer. Not always comfortable, but there, waiting for an answer or perhaps...a question in return.

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