10 Points About Faith and Questions

1) Questions do not imply doubt. A timely question might be the greatest showing of faith.

2) The fact that someone questions something you no longer question does not mean your faith is stronger than theirs. It just means you have different questions.

3) Jesus tells us to ask in order to receive. Asking is a showing of humility, an acknowledgment that God has and knows more than you.

4) James says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God” but he also adds, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” Questions asked in faith are good; questions not asked in faith are bad. Note again, this is a command to ask!

5) The Pastoral Epistles have four verses warning pastors to avoid foolish questions proving that A) there is such a thing as a stupid questions and B) Paul knew pastors would hear them.

6) Foolish questions are what questions without faith become.

7) When Jesus was a youth and left behind by His parents in Jerusalem, they found Him in the temple “sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.” If that’s not a divine sanction to ask questions, I don’t know what is!

8) At one point Jesus Christ explained to His disciples that He was going to be crucified and then resurrected. The disciples did not understand what He was talking about and were afraid to ask him.” Imagine if they had gotten over their fear and asked a clarifying question, how many of them may not have taken off running when He was betrayed.

9) Fear of looking stupid is the main reason most people don’t ask a question about something they don’t get. Since they don’t know what they are doing, they will inevitably mess things up and look incredibly more stupid. Don’t let the fear of losing your smart-guy reputation keep you from asking a clarifying question.

10) Most churches frown on questions because they know their cover is thin and they don’t want you poking around. They are afraid your questions will make them look stupid. They will use intimidation, peer pressure and ridicule to keep you off their trail.

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