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Do You Really Want to Know the Answer?

October 31, 2013

Question Mark 2Last week, I used a quote from Bishop Lesslie Newbigin. He talks about the importance of asking questions. He infers that asking questions is essential to be spiritually alive.

One of the questions people like to ask about God is, “If God is all powerful, can he make a rock so big that he cannot lift it?” The inference is that if he has the power, he could do it. But if he does it he is not all powerful, because he could not lift it. We cleverly think we have got God cornered and thus have proven something very significant.

The above exercise points out a second insight in Bishop Newbigin’s quote. We have to really want to know the answer to our questions. The rock question is closer to a riddle or brain teaser than a serious question with spiritual depth.

Here is a crucial consideration. What is the motivation for my question? We may have questions of profound depth or of only casual significance. The key to any question is not so much our mind but our heart. A deep and serious quest does not need to shy away from hard questions, but it must be open to God’s divine response. We can use questions to keep God at arm’s length or to invite him into our lives.

God welcomes honest doubts, genuine curiosity, and passionate struggles. His answers will give us deeper faith, more understanding, and a clearer perspective. However, we must remember he can only teach an open heart. The real question we need to answer before we ask our question is, “Do I really want to know the answer?”

What do you think? I would really like to know your answer!

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