Putting the tough questions in perspective

As we go through life exploring and developing our faith deeper and deeper we are bound to come across questions and crises of faith.  Sometimes those questions do not get answered in a way that we like, if at all.  Questions like:

“why does evil exist?”
“Is God subject to what is Good or is Good whatever God says it is? and can make evil good?”
“What about contradictions in the Bible?”
“What about evolution?”
“Why did God demand Genocide in the Bible?”
“why does god permit atrocities to children in this day?”
“why doesn’t healing occur today like they did in the bible times?”

Fortunately there has been much progress in apologetics and philosophy in christianity in the last couple of decades. One of my personal favorite people in this field is William Lane Craig. Actually the pic of me that Victor chose for this site is of me and Dr. Craig with the Good doctor cropped out (after much protest to victor from me.)

What is the question that would or should cause us to lose our faith? What is out faith dependent on?

There was some very recent comments on this board where some statements are made about why certain people don’t believe in the God of Jesus Christ, or don’t have faith in scripture.

While some of the content of these comments are valid concerns, a lot of them have been wrestled with for the past two millennia and there are answered readily available with simple internet searches.
But even if these questions were still not answered, would it be cause to lose our faith?

According to 1 Cor 15:15, our faith seems to be to be very dependent on the resurrection of the dead, and in particular, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And what is our hope for the future? That Jesus Christ is coming back to establish the kingdom of God here on earth.

And why do we have hope to take part in this future kingdom of God?
Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

When struggling with the tough questions that cause doubt’s and crises of faith, i ask myself if the questions

Does this mean that Jesus was not raised from the dead?

Does this mean that Jesus is not returning to earth to establish God Kingdom?

Does this mean that Jesus’s death on the cross was not the sacrifice for my sins?

I have never really found anything that causes me to answer either of these questions in the affirmative, especially the first one. There has been much work done on the historical accuracy of the resurrection, especially by Dr. Craig and N.T. Wright.

This is not to say that all other questions are not worthy of response or consideration, but I personally have found these questions to be the Biggest Big picture questions that trump all others and to not be overwhelmed to the point where I question my faith in God.

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One response to this post.

  1. I think this is a mature attitude to have. When we are challenged, sometimes the temptation is to thrown everything else out the window – that is not a mature attitude. If we see a potential contradiction or ethical dilemma, that doesn’t negate other things that are true. Thanks for brining this point to light JP.

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