The first poppy I ever planted... what a beauty!
I was at the ALPHA course at our church last night. We are encouraged to bring the "tough" questions of Christianity. The questions that those who do not yet know or believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior might ask. And truth be told... the questions that even mature Christians wonder to themselves but are afraid to ask for fear that they might be judged as not having enough Bible knowledge... or faith.
My question? Why the cross? Why did Jesus die on a cross? Why the resurrection? Wasn't there another way? And even as I thought more about it... I wondered to myself... Well, what would I have chosen to save sinners from hell? And you know that I didn't have a good answer... at all.
And then someone else humbly asked the question, "If God is such a loving God who went to such great detail to send His Son to Earth and that Son died (and ultimately raised from the dead) to save people from their sins... If that God is so loving, how could He let anyone go to hell?
I have been wrestling with this question all night. Why wouldn't God want everyone to be in heaven with Him?
This morning as I lay awake in bed, I thought, What if God didn't let anyone go to hell? What would that look like? Ultimately? If we knew we weren't at risk of hell, would we long for a relationship with Him? We would do what we wanted. We wouldn't need God. We would not yearn for a relationship with Him. Would we?
And then I started wondering... Why would God let us sin at all? But then I guess we wouldn't have a free will or a choice. And I guess we wouldn't be very interesting would we? We would all be perfect essentially. If we didn't have free will and we were perfect. And I guess in the end... we wouldn't need God at all either... would we?
Whew! Sometimes we are afraid to even think about these "tough" questions. Afraid to think that we might look stupid. Afraid to think that we might not like the answer to the "tough" question. Afraid to think that if we ask these types of questions that we don't have "enough" faith. But we need to know that we can talk about these questions... and encourage one another... and dig deeper into the Word of God. And it is good to have a place to discuss these questions like the ALPHA course.
Do you have a "tough" question? Would you share it with me? You can leave your comment via my blog as an anonymous comment.
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said,
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life
—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.
For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.
Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest
or store food in barns, for God feeds them.
And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that,
what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow.
They don’t work or make their clothing,
yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed
as beautifully as they are.
And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers
that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow,
he will certainly care for you.
Why do you have so little faith?
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink.
Don’t worry about such things.
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers
all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else,
and he will give you everything you need.
Luke 12:22-31 NLT