“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?”
Luke 24: 35-48
I’ve yet to meet a believing person, traditional or progressive, who doesn’t have questions on a secret list of Things to Ask God About in Kingdom Come because we all know the world doesn’t add up. History is full of horrors. Life isn’t fair. And innocent people often get caught in the crosshairs of injustice. Most thinking people are quite capable of holding tow distinct and contradictory ideas at once: 1) I believe that injustice in this world will be answered with perfect and divine justice in the next. And 2) Why in the world does God allow these things to happen? Why doesn’t God do something right now to stop it?
In theology school, my friends sat up nights arguing about the necessity of the crucifixion and why God, who can do anything, didn’t seek an unbloody way to save the world. Then half of us became lay Church workers. The questions are asked because they are real , not because we’re all cynical. Jesus answers all questions with the frank presentation of himself, glorified wounds and all.
Do faith and questioning coexist in you? How is a questioning faith useful?