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It’s Ok To Question…

August 22, 2010

I have to say, that rarely, if ever, have I had a pastor or someone in spiritual authority tell me that it was ok to question what I was being taught. Growing up I was taught, if a preacher or teacher would ever say anything that wasn’t biblical you wouldn’t approach them about it… it just wasn’t worth it. Take that and add to it the education system that America has, you are raised NOT to ask questions. Basically asking questions meant you were going to be in trouble, or at the very least frowned upon.

Through out the years, one of the things I have enjoyed the most in life is asking questions. For the most part asking questions has lead to positive things, although there have been times where I have asked the right question to the wrong person and it has gone terribly wrong.

I bring all of this up to say this, one of the biggest ways for someone to grow in Christ is to ask questions. On a regular basis I tell my students to question what I am saying, dig into the Scriptures and figure this Jesus out for themselves. If someone is left to live out  their Christianity through someone else it won’t work. Trust me people do this all the time and then leave churches because they are not “being fed.”

In a way I think this thought goes against what we are normally taught, but don’t you think this might be better for all of us if it were the norm?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2010 9:31 pm

    I like it Ben. You are right! This is a big reason for many issues in churches.

  2. August 22, 2010 9:32 pm

    Socratic method baby…

    …a Christianity that refuses to answer questions is not Christianity at all.

  3. Jason F. permalink
    August 22, 2010 10:09 pm

    “Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” -Thomas Jefferson.

    The problem with the modern church is that we fear questions. It’s almost like we fear that someone is going to ask something that will shake the foundations of Christianity to the point that we have nothing; ironically if that is the case then we do have nothing.

    We should welcome questions, admit when we don’t have an answer, and not accuse the questioner of wrongdoing if the question is difficult. If what we say is true then it will stand up to any questioning, and if it can’t then perhaps what we say isn’t the truth.

  4. August 22, 2010 11:25 pm

    I agree with you 100%! My whole christian walk, up until when I went away to school to study youth ministry, I was told to not ask questions. I was told that no matter what, the pastor/teacher/preacher/etc was right and that I needed to listen to them!

    In college I learned how ridiculous that truly was. Although I am currently churchless/jobless (please pray), when I did have a youth group I would always make sure to tell my students to question me and not just take my word for things! This helped them to grow and it also helped me to grow.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts man!

  5. August 23, 2010 7:14 pm

    Once again great blog Ben, in my last experience I had a lot of questions that never got answered and my pastor told me just to follow him. My wife was fed up with it all and just told him that things going on where wrong and we questioned him and he told her she wasn’t right with God. We also spoke with the elders and they told us we should follow the pastor. I think questions are good; they help you to understand and to grow. Just another great blog bro, thanks for the good read.

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