As long as I can remember, I’ve been a curious person; wanting to know why things are the way they are, or how things came to be that way. However, as I grew up, I came to understand that there were some things that you just didn’t ask questions about. One of those off-limit topics was my Christian faith. This fear of questioning the things of Christianity was not something that was taught to me, it was just something that I and many others came to believe.
Looking back, it likely grew out of the convergence of several different factors:
First, Christians believe in the importance of faith in Christ for salvation.
Second, we believe that there are some things that we simply cannot understand about a God who is Spirit, and whose ways are above our own.
Finally, in the Evangelical tradition, there is a tendency to be suspicious of the new findings of archaeology, textual criticism, and biblical history, as some of these findings challenge some traditional Christian understandings.
These and more factors combined to create a general sense that questions could be a sign of a lack of faith or trust in God, and could lead the questioner to wrong or dangerous conclusions, and ultimately away from faith.
Now, not every belief listed above is wrong, or bad. Faith in Jesus is necessary if we want to be reunited with God, and there are some things about God and our world that we simply cannot understand. But that doesn’t mean that we should be afraid of asking hard questions for fear of losing our faith. In my own experience, the opposite is true. Unanswered questions have driven several of my own friends away from the Church because they have come to believe that the Church discourages questions because we have no answers.
In truth, a life spent following Jesus will make us ask questions. Take a journey through the book of Psalms, or the book of Job, and you’ll find people who follow God closely asking all kinds of questions of Him. Every person who is following Jesus is being confronted by a God who is not content to leave them as they are. God wants to transform you and show you a new way of doing things. There will be times during that journey where things won’t make sense; where we won’t understand who God is, where He’s leading us, or why He does the things He does. In those times, the path forward is not by avoiding those questions, but by asking them of God, and by doing this in community, where others who have struggled with those questions can bring comfort and understanding. That is the kind of community we want WMBC to be. We don’t have all the answers, but we’ve seen the amazing, transforming work of God, and experienced His goodness, and we’d love to walk with you through your questions, and into the new life that God has for you.