Unless you have grown up in a Christian or religious home your first contact with the Bible was probably when you where looking for answers. You where either going through a difficult situation in your life and you where looking to make sense of it or you where looking for answers to life in general.
There is nothing wrong with this approach and the Bible does provide many answers. It also provides us with most important answer of all which is “What must we do to be saved?” which I recently put an article up about. This is all good and well, but for me the Bible is more a book of Questions. Maybe it is because of my job but I am usually more interested in the question people are asking and why they are asking it rather than finding the answer (although eventually the answer is important).
The very first question asked in the Bible was not asked by man but rather by God, “Where are you?”. Why would God ask such a question? Is God not all knowing? Did God not know where Adam and Eve where? Of course He did. God asked this question more for their and our benefit than for His. Questions are fundamental part of Scripture. Examples of this can be found in Jacob struggling with God; Moses at the burning Bush; The whole book of Job; The Psalms; the prophets; Pilate asked “What is Truth?. This goes on and on. Sometimes God gave an answer and sometimes He didn’t. Philip Yancey in his book “Reaching for the Invisible God” tells a story about Him driving in Texas in the 1960’s. He saw a Bill Board with the phrase “Jesus is the answer” written on it. Underneath someone had written “Yes, but what was the question”. For some people, especially some Christians this would have offended them, they would have even found it blasphemous, but obviously they hadn’t read the book of Job or some of the Psalms. God invites questions because he wants to interact with us. Obviously on many questions there are absolute answers but along the way God wants us Questioning Him and He questioning us.
All this questioning is good for us. If you like me have grown up all your life in Church you have not had to search much because everything was given to you on a plate. But do you know why you believe what you do? Do you know how it fits into scripture? Or do you just repeat what you Pastor tells you each Sunday? A good Pastor will not only teach you but send you away to search it out yourself. He will make you question everything until you make the belief your own. Many Christians say they believe the truth and a lot of them do but when asked to explain the truth they believe they can’t. The reason being that they have never searched these things out themselves. We need more depth to our faith. The only way that this can come about is by Studying more ourselves and questioning everything until we make the Truth our own and not someone elses version of the truth.
At School I never liked subjects like Math, Science etc (unlike my wife and daughter) simply because the answers where nearly always right or wrong. I prefered subjects like History, Politics, Religion etc. Because it wasn’t matter of being told how to solve a problem and then solving it, rather you had to work the answer out yourself and explain yourself with backing material in your favour. Many Christians treat the Bible like maths where the expect to be told how to solve something and told what the answer is instead of studying it themselves.
So I say always Question, even question your questions and in the process you will come closer to God. Just look at people like Job, Jacob, David etc etc.