Big Questions

We all have questions. Some are really deep, like questions about God, faith, and the meaning of life. We have questions about the trustworthiness of the Bible, and the traditions of church. Some of our questions are less deep but they’re the sort of thing that keeps us up at night, like: What was God’s plan for the dinosaurs? How did Cain flee to a city when he and his parents were the only people alive in Genesis 1 & 2?
 
 
 
The thing is, we often don’t feel comfortable asking these questions in church. We are afraid of what others might think. We are afraid we may look foolish if we ask them. We are afraid that maybe our questions show a lack of faith. 
 
I believe that God is big enough, and the church is big enough for all of our questions, big and not so big. 
 
When he was asked what the single most important thing people can do in this life is, Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength…” (Mark 12:29-30).
 
Here Jesus is paraphrasing Deuteronomy 6:4-5, ” Israel, listen! Our God is the Lord! Only the LordLove the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength.”
 
He changed something though. 
 
To that list of the ways we are to love God, with our all our hearts, all our beings, and all our strength, he added: all our minds.
 
God does not want us to check our brains at the door when we come to church! 
 
Asking questions, seeking answers, and yes even doubting, are ways we can love God with all our minds.
 
So, I am inviting you, ask your questions- big, small, silly or serious, and once a week we’ll tackle some of them here! 
 
You can send your questions to: paul@ccctexas.org, or tweet them to me @revappleby. 
 
I may not know the answers, but I would love the chance to find them together.
 
Peace in Christ,
 
Rev. Paul Appleby

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