What’s Your Question?

I’m so excited about the new series we’re launching this weekend at Cross Point Nashville entitled “Q”.  It’s a series addressing some of the biggest questions you have about faith and God.

This week I’ll take a shot an answering “How do I discover God’s will for my life?

But here’s the deal. The following 4 weeks we have no idea what we’re going to tackle, so we need your help.

What questions are you wrestling with these days that you would like to see us include in this series?

Here’s the series promo. Feel free to add this to your facebook or blog. You can also go HERE and send an evite to a friend.


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64 Responses to “What’s Your Question?”

  1. *~Michelle~* says:

    Great promo…….can’t wait to watch the series.

    Hmmmmmmm, I wrestle with alot of questions.

    I guess one would be…..how do I know when it’s God leading me in a direction or if it’s myself looking inward and being led by my own desire(s).

    *~Michelle~*’s last blog post..Sad Day

  2. Tony York says:

    Ah.. Pete.

    You are going to need a longer series if you want to start answering my questions. :) Its funny because I posted one of my questions last Saturday that I thought of as I drove home from work on Friday evening. It is probably not a popular question so I won’t repeat it here.

    Hmm… what would be a good ‘squirrel’ question??

    Uh Oh.. just thought of a stumper…

    So it would take 10 billion dollars to make it possible for every inhabitant of this earth to have access to clean water. That lack of clean water is a contributor to the approximately 1000 children who die every hour of every day. In America, churches hold real estate valued, I believe, just over half a trillion dollars which takes an estimated 60 billion in debt services each year. 60 Billion. 6 times more than what would be necessary to give access to clean water to every person. 60 Billion each year that goes into buildings that are used a few times a week or grossly underused most of the time. 60 billion that goes into heating or cooling empty buildings while homeless people walk by in freezing temperatures or excessive heat.

    So here’s my question: Is this what church was supposed to look like?

    Tony York’s last blog post..My Twisted Mind

  3. sherri says:

    On my blog each Sunday, my Pastor addresses questions sent in by my readers. I love this sort of thing.

    My question would be:

    Where do I draw the line with “toxic” people?

    sherri’s last blog post..Where it all began…

  4. Amy says:

    How does free will, prayer, God’s omnipotence, will and predestination fit/work together? In other words, does prayer make a difference in the outcome of a situation?

    Amy’s last blog post..Open Letter to a Little Girl

  5. Pete Wilson says:

    Oh man, this is going to be tougher than I thought. :)

  6. Tony York says:

    yeah, Pete, you should have titled the post, “I’m a masochist”. :)

    Tony York’s last blog post..My Twisted Mind

  7. Love that promo! Awesome! And the questions so far are great.

    Robin~All Things Hea’s last blog post..Strawberry Trifle!

  8. Annabelle says:

    How do you deal with people that choose to search out the boundaries you set in place and purposely push them? (I have family members who do this)

    Annabelle’s last blog post..Tugging at my heart

  9. Christi R says:

    Well, I can think of a ton, but I’ll start with this one:

    Are some churches more right than others? Same for some Christian religions compared to others? And if so, how does one figure it all out?

  10. denise says:

    These days I’m struggling to wrap my mind around the idea of God’s will and how it relates to prayer. If God’s plan is set before we are even born, how does prayer and free will enter into the equation? Should I get away from praying for the sick to be healed, the jobless to find work, the addicted to recover, the lost to be found? If God has a plan, does my prayer for a situation really matter?

  11. Wes Howard says:

    Did Judas ever have a chance in life? Or was he always destined to be who he was.

    I know that could open up the door to many other interpretations of free will, etc… but I have always wondered that.

    Wes Howard’s last blog post..You got Churched!!!

  12. Sally says:

    Does God ever regret starting this whole thing called life?

  13. What does the phrase “take up your cross” mean? What is our cross? Is it obedience?
    Is it suffering? Or maybe it’s constantly changing … a neighborhood bully … a financial downturn … an illness?
    I’d love to know.

  14. Joan says:

    Would love to hear these sermons.

    Question? Would Jesus vote Democrat or Republican? Would Jesus be a conservative or a liberal?

  15. Cheryl says:

    @Tony York AMEN! Why does a walk with Jesus feel and seem so inconsistent? Why do I stray so easily, or so quickly deafen myself to his voice? Why is it so hard to stay in relationship with God?

    Cheryl’s last blog post..Seeds of Light = Trees of Life

  16. Pete Wilson says:

    @Joan, are you trying to get me killed?? :)

  17. Michelle says:

    Oh boy. So many possible questions.

    How can I know that the desires I have deep down inside are God’s desires for me? How can I know, with confidence, that I’m actually hearing the Lord and being directed by Him? If the enemy comes as an angel of Light, and God speaks as a still, small voice, how is a person supposed to actually hear clearly and be genuinely obedient in the particulars of walking out this thing called “life” when there are so many voices speaking?

  18. ttm says:

    All of the questions asked have been ones I’ve struggled with at one time or another. Here are the ones most pressing to me at the moment:

    Why would a reasonable, logical God of order do things in such a way that rational people have trouble “getting” it? Why didn’t God keep it simple and provable?

    If God really does love everyone, how come it seems as if He shows up tangibly to some and not at all to others (even when they beg)?

    Why do most Christian parents continue to disclipline with authoritarian, physical methods and emphasize “consistency” when God Himself does not appear to strike us with lightning bolts each and every time we step out of line? (In a round about way, that question is about God and not Christian parents…sort of.)

    And, (I am totally on the same wavelength with Tony York on issues of institutional church, I think.) what is “church” and its purpose?

  19. Wes Howard says:

    Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

    Why are they called APARTments if they are all together?

    Whose cruel idea was it to put a “S” in lisp!?

    Ok, get to it Pete….

    Wes Howard’s last blog post..View from the wheelbarrow.

  20. Brooke says:

    Hi Pete,

    I’ve been following your blog for some time now, and just finished my first set of Crosspoint’s podcasts (Paralyzed Series). I’m in my late-20s and am currently trying to figure out the place God and religion will have in my life (after being raised in a non-relgious, non-spiritual household I know that this is not how I want to raise my own family or live my own live).

    One of the questions that I continually struggle with and that keeps me from being able to embrace God fully is the question “why me and why not them?” I live such a blessed, priviledged life (I am by no means financially rich, but I feel that I am so fortunate for what I have in terms of family, friends, education, opportunities, etc). I feel that what holds me back from fully embracing God is wondering how He can allow others (especially children) to be born into/go through horrific circumstances, while others, like myself, are spared?

  21. vince says:

    Does God actually love every person on the planet? Because some of them are pretty messed up.

    vince’s last blog post..Last hike before I head to the hill country

  22. Rebecca says:

    Looks awesome! xo.

    Rebecca’s last blog post..turning a frown upside down.

  23. Robert says:

    Pete, I sent this question to Miranda. But thought I’d add it here as well:

    Yesterday morning, my cousin’s four-year-old son died from a brain tumor. He was diagnosed just 55 days ago, went into a coma ten days ago, and passed away yesterday. The family was on their last day of a Make A Wish trip to Disney World when Josiah slipped into a coma. This family’s life has turned upside down in less than two months. The most obvious question is what is God’s purpose in this…in allowing a little child like that to die from such a detestable disease? But, more than that, why does God’s timing and answers to prayer sometimes seem so random? Thousands of people were praying for little Josiah, and thousands more have prayed for other kids with tumors, cancer, etc…some get healed, some not. Is it a prayer contest? Does it come down to who prays more passionately? And if not, how does prayer factor in at all…is God going to allow what He’s going to allow and there’s not much we can do about it? I know that God answers prayers. I believe that. But sometimes there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to it.

    Robert’s last blog post..Amy Mickelson Diagnosed With Cancer

  24. gitz says:

    I want to know how to find acceptance without giving up on hope. It seems contradictory for me to pray for His will to be done, and yet pray for healing on the flip side.

    How is it that we’re supposed to believe in and ask for the miracles, and yet we’re also not supposed to want life to be anything other than what He wants for us?

    gitz’s last blog post..The Origins of George

  25. Tony York says:

    @Robert,

    My heart goes out to the family of this child. And Pete, praying for you as you get questions like this.

    Robert, my daughter came home from school a few weeks ago and asked me a tough question, “Why is God so mean?”. A friend in her fifth grade class passed away suddenly over the previous weekend.

    I think her question is the same one that us adults ask in a much different way. Ultimately we want to understand the whys of God but we are also questioning why He seems to be so unfair. My answer to her was, “I don’t know. But we can be thankful that we had the time we did to know her in this life and that its just a temporary separation.”

    I know that is a simplistic approach but that was all I had.

    Tony York’s last blog post..Love Movies & Theaters but Hate the Movie-Going Experience

  26. Anonymous says:

    Does God give us choices in life and based on the choice we make he takes our lives down one path? Or is our life predetermined to the ‘inth degree and we only think we have choices to pick from?

    I struggle right now with a marriage to a man who is not a Christian… and I wonder did God put him in front of me to marry or should I have walked away knowing I was marrying someone unequally yoked? So there in lines my question….did God give me that choice to marry or walk away and based on the one I selected I would be living a different live… I wonder if I’m struggling now with my discontentment in life too because of this choice… So there in lies a multitude of problems but one question I’ve always wondered.

    Thank you for this opportunity to ask…

  27. Kels says:

    Pete,
    You silly silly boy! These questions so far are amazing and DEEP! I am so tickled at the hunger for the Word and understanding that I am seeing. It blesses my soul.
    My questions lie in God’s permissive and perfect will. For example, I was married to a man who abused me. I fled from him when my life and the life of my newborn daughter was threatened. I waited and prayed for 5 years then I divorced him because he disappeared. My daughter, now 21, has begun looking for him. She has successfully done so. Now I am wondering if I gave up on him too soon. I am happily remarried to an awesome man. So, is it ever possible for me to live in God’s perfect will?
    Also, in the concept of sowing and reaping. Is there ever an end to the reaping of poor choices?
    I know, gotta love me anyway. Sorry, dude.
    Kels

  28. Kelly says:

    What does God want out of my everyday, ordinary days? I mean, I wake up, go to work, come home and take care of the kids, and pull myself into the bed. Besides the normal spend time with Him, prayer, etc (not discounting that at all, by the way)—my “normal” days just seem so unproductive in the grand scheme of things. So, how to I make my ordinary days extra-ordinary for Him?

  29. joseph says:

    Even though I do not go to crosspoint here is one….

    Where do I start? Where do I start learning to pray or read the bible? Where can I go and feel comfortable asking a question about how?

    I know it seams vague but I know we just started a bible reading plan not long ago and there are several people not participating because they did not start at day one and now feel they can’t. Not the case but are afraid to ask how.

    Sounds like one cool series

    joseph’s last blog post..as I travel

  30. Carolyn says:

    Where does the pursit of holyness end and ‘Holier than Thou’ begin? And likewise, where does accountability end and ‘just being piggin mean and judgemental to fellow christians’ start.

    I don’t follow Christ any more and those were two of the three or four ‘big’ reasons for my decision, I’d genuinely love to hear your (and everyone else’s) thought. :-)

  31. Carolyn says:

    Sorry, that should read ‘Pursuit of Holyness’ not ‘pursit’.

    Carolyn’s last blog post..Travel Tuesday – Gulf of Papagaya in Costa Rica

  32. Pete Wilson says:

    @Robert, Oh man! I don’t think any answer I could give you or the family would be enough to take away the pain you guys must feel right now.

    Please know I’m praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  33. ttm says:

    Carolyn,

    I know what you mean (I think.) I find myself railing against the church’s emphasis on holiness and accountability, too.

    I still follow Christ and attend a small group Bible study, but I am no longer a churchmember and I no longer attend instiutional church services.

    Even in the sphere of my small Bible study, it is a constant struggle to remain free in Christ. I am amazed at the number of times my Christian friends are so ready to rein in my freedom and play God in my life. I am astounded by the variety of ways that we all can rationalize our attempt to have power over people–conveniently forgetting those scriptures that indicate God alone is the Master, Christ alone is the Head, the Spirit alone knows our hearts and motivations and best paths.

    I am praying that you will find the answers you need…and hoping that in them you might once again consider following Christ. But I’m also celebrating your freedom to come to your own conclusions in your own time! :-)

  34. T. Rousey says:

    Hey Pete!! It’s been awhile, I hope things are going awesome for you!! I’m really planning on making a trip up to your Church this summer! I’m still trying to find a good job and get back on my feet but when I do I’m definitely coming up!

    But if there’s one question I’d ask that I haven’t heard too much about it’s what do you think the Bible says about Interracial Dating?

    T. Rousey’s last blog post..NewSpring Church Web Campus!!

  35. Jenn says:

    Pete,
    I seriously struggle with the previous poster’s comment about why we pray. I understand that it brings us closer to God, but if His decision is already made, then what is the point of asking for specifics…like healing a loved one.

    I would also like to know why Christians give God all the praise when things are going well but rarely any of the blame when things fall apart….just God’s will.

    I will admit that I haven’t attended church in a long time, but lately I’m thinking a lot and watching some of your services online…..I’m getting closer….but still so many questions

  36. JS says:

    It is ok to have questions but Hope is the reason we carry on.
    My question – where do you summon Hope?

    Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 This is tough to do when I want to know the ANSWER to “why?” not an OPINION to the question.

  37. britt says:

    1. Do you think Revelation was to be read as more figurative, sort of a warning but not necessarily literal?

    2. If Christ’s new covenant focused more on our faith than the law…and He said the most important thing was loving God and loving each other…. can we just just hang out in the right side of the Bible and not worry too much about the left side?

    3. … If not, if we’re supposed to follow the Old Testament, then why don’t we? There are dozens of rules we don’t follow. And why are churches so quick to find the homosexuality verses in the Bible but they ignore the other laws we’re not following. As far as I can tell, Jesus never specifically condemned homosexuality.

    4. Just as we now know the earth is not flat but telling us that we were standing on a spinning ball would have freaked Moses and his contemporaries out. Do you think there’s a chance that a loving God might have spoken to man in a way he could understand. (in other words, if God told him about evolution it would have been very upsetting and confusing)

  38. Tony York says:

    Hey guys.. I spouted some numbers in my first post off the top of my head and after being prompted to check into them, I have a couple of corrections:

    The 10 billion is correct.

    The church owns about a quarter trillion in real estate not half a trillion. The 60 billion is the tithes given by Americans to churches each year. These numbers come from George Barna.

    I wanted to make sure you all had the best numbers that I could supply.

    By the way Pete, these questions are Great questions. Looking forward to your responses! :)

    Tony York’s last blog post..Love Movies & Theaters but Hate the Movie-Going Experience

  39. katdish says:

    Okay. I’m going to try this one more time! AHEM!

    The 12 disciples followed Jesus around every where he went. So here’s my question – Do you ever think He just turned to them and said, “WHAT?”

    katdish’s last blog post..Clean your Room!

  40. Cheryl says:

    I think one of the toughest issues for me is eternal life and knowing who will and will not inherit. I don’t know that any human being can look at another and say “He is going to hell.” My question is followed by info. that has brought me to this point – most comes from a group paper written in college: http://kl.am/UnderSameSun

    Q: What is the “Christian response” to eternal life for people who have never been exposed to the gospel?
    (i.e. The Aborigines. “The Bushmen dancers have experiences from a whole other realm and interpret the invisible: It is ‘…an actual experience of transit through the earth to the realm of mythological imagery, to God, to the seat of power’ (87). Moreover the ‘God’ that is talked about, philosophically refers to ‘…an intelligible sphere—a sphere known to the mind, not to the senses—whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere’ -Joseph Campbell: Power of Myth)
    ^^^In short, as my professor stated: Seeing them dance and praise, one can’t say they aren’t experiencing God.

    I took a religion class at Belmont and we wrestled with issues on free will how to deal with moral dilemmas, but the most difficult was: “How can multiple relgions all claim to be true”?

    We watched the film Kingdom of Heaven (seen it?) and read the book Things Fall Apart to back up our argument, for which we chose inclusivism, over particularism and pluralism (based on the material in the book and film…not saying I agree with everything in our paper, it was a response to those materials).

    Pluralism is when a person believes that all religions are correct, and there is not one path to eternal salvation. This belief seems very accessible and understandable to most people, mainly because it is such a loving, open-minded belief.

    Particularism, which is what one would expect most Christians would agree with, is when a person believes their religion is the one true religion and their God is the one true God. The biggest question that comes up with this viewpoint, though, is what happens to the person who is never exposed to the “one true” religion? Is that person damned to hell for eternity just because they did not believe in the particulars of the religion?

    Personally, I don’t even care for the term “religion” (yes, I’m a “relationship”er :->), and sometimes lean toward the inclusivist view: people who follow other religions may still experience Christ, even if they do not acknowledge Him to be their savior…the “true religion” is not exclusively true. Karl Rahner emphasized that “‘Christ is present and efficacious in the non-Christian believer through his Spirit.’”

    Joseph Wong states: “Wherever persons surrender themselves to God or the ultimate reality, under whatever name, and dedicate themselves to the cause of justice, peace, fraternity, and solidarity with other people, they have implicitly accepted Christ and, to some degree, entered into this Christic existence.”

    In Kingdom of Heaven, Nasir (Muslim) recognizes godly qualities in Balian (Christian) and says “…if God does not love you, how could you have done the things you have done?” When they parted ways, each acknowledges and respects the other’s religion when Nasir expresses “May peace be with you,” and Balian expresses the Muslim greeting, “As-Salaam Alaikum.” In this situation they are showing that the two religions can coexist and share similar values. This supports inclusivist ideas. They both consider their religion to be correct, while accepting that God is at work in the other.

    From my understanding, the Vatican (http://kl.am/inclus) takes the view of inclusivism, stating: “that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues” (Pope Paul VI).
    “From ancient times down to the present, there is found among various peoples a certain perception of that hidden power which hovers over the course of things and over the events of human history; at times some indeed have come to the recognition of a Supreme Being, or even of a Father. This perception and recognition penetrates their lives with a profound religious sense.”

    Having said all that, I definitely agree with the Karl Rahner, who says that other religions are not equal to Christianity. They simply allow individuals be saved in the absence of full revelation of Christ. However, once Christianity comes to people, it is better for them to follow it rather than their old religions.

    What is your take?? :-)

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  41. Jody says:

    Why do we have traditional, legalistic churches in America when we left Great Britian over 400 years ago to avoid exactly that?

    Jody’s last blog post..Generation Xill

  42. Love it. Love reading some of the comments in here too. Good stuff. You’re going to have your hands full. :)

    Daniel Decker’s last blog post..The Making of a Best-Selling Book: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

  43. Rachel Way says:

    @Robert my heart goes out to this family. I know lost my daughter died at 5 weeks of SIDS! I ask why her? I have never been angry with God, because He never wanted any of us to die. I know that sin brought death an as tough as it is and through the lost of my daughter which I miss everyday for over 13 years now, I have learned that we all have bitten the apple and believed the lies of the serpent. I know this doesn’t bring comfort to you or the family that is going through all of this. God loves all of us and Hates Sin, praying does work and God still heals I have seen it many times in my life. I will keep you all in my prayers
    My Q…
    Can I remarry? Is that a sin?
    (My husband left me and even though I tried to make it all work..He remarried!)(He cheated on me, I forgave him, he beat me I forgave him, porn, strip clubs, drugs became apart of his life after we married..to be honest looking back he went to my church just to date me) That is the passed so my Q is Can I remarry if God would send a christian man my way???..

    Rachel Way’s last blog post..If everything comes your way, you are in the wrong lane

  44. Alyssa says:

    Pete,
    I’m praying for you as you seek wisdom and discernment in choosing which questions to turn into sermons.

    I’m just praying.

    Alyssa’s last blog post..When…

  45. Pete Wilson says:

    @Alyssa, thanks so much for your prayers. Praying this series is helpful to a lot of people.

  46. Bethany says:

    The biggest question I have been trowing arond in my mind lately is about Calvinism. There seem to be a lot of verses in te Bible to support it. However, if it has all already been decided and God chose who was going to go to heaven before there was even a breath, what’s the point in striving to live a holy life and evangelizing to others?

  47. ttm says:

    I second Rachel Way’s question with a slight twist: I was married to a man who called himself a Christian. I do not know if he committed adultery while we were married (He vehemently denies it, but I do not KNOW.) He chose to divorce me even though I wanted to stay married. He quickly remarried.

    My former pastor said that he his actions proved him to be an unbeliever, therefore I was not bound and was free to remarry. Some people I have encountered have said that while I am not bound to continue to act as his wife, I am also not free to remarry because all remarriage is sin.

    I’ve been reading Scripture and researching various interpretations of this issue. What’s your take?

  48. amy says:

    Pete, you pretty much know all my questions. If you takle any of them I’ll be thrilled. Lol. Although you have answered some.

    amy’s last blog post..My dad

  49. Harold says:

    Pete,
    This is not a typical what can God do for me or me for God question but one that I have always been curious about. In Genesis chapter 6 it says this.

    “Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.[5]

    Other translations call the Nephilim “giants” or other things. While this question doesn’t seem to have any consequence to my relationship with Jesus it does peak my curiosity. They are mentioned in a few other places in the OT. I think all in a pre-flood context if I remember correctly.

    So the question is who the heck were these guys and why are they mentioned? (and no I don’t expect this to be one of the burning questions on the hearts of CP attenders nor most any other rational follower of Christ)

    Harold’s last blog post..A Couple Making The Difference

  50. I’ll be praying for you ! Looks like you have your work cut out for you.

    The only time I find myself asking why to God when he allows children to suffer….or maybe the real question is why does he allow us to let children suffer ?

    lisa gardiner’s last blog post..Little girl Big moment

  51. rhonda says:

    Okay, Pete, been following your wife for awhile…just found you. Here is my question (please let me know if you decide to tackle it). Do you have any guidance on when to issue grace to someone and when its best to go with “tough love”…ie. if someone (say a husband or a wife) has a drinking problem- when is it best to say okay- you get help or get out- even if they are saying they are sorry, won’t drink again, etc….after all- we are called to forgive “7 X 70″? This can go for any boundary issue- lying, stealing, namecalling etc…..when does it cross the line of forgiving to enabling??? When does the extension of grace become a possible hinderance to someone getting help? Thanks in advance!

  52. katdish says:

    The 12 disciples followed Jesus around every where he went. So here’s my questions: Do you think He ever just turned to them and said, “WHAT?”

    katdish’s last blog post..Different Christians (by Jake Lee)

  53. katdish says:

    The 12 disciples followed Jesus around every where he went.

    So, here’s my question: Do you ever think He just turned about and said to them, “WHAT?”

    katdish’s last blog post..Different Christians (by Jake Lee)

  54. katdish says:

    Well that was worth waiting for wasn’t it?

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  55. Wes Little says:

    Hey Pete,

    Great idea for a series, although I do not envy the work that you have ahead!

    But, I think that to have a dialogue like this is excellent.

    I recently had a long talk with a long time friend of mine in NYC, Thomas, aptly named, for he was brought up in the Southern Baptist Church, even took Christian Theology courses in college, and now has turned away to more of an agnostic or deist approach.

    In our conversation, I found myself lacking in knowledge of the Bible, even though I can recite certain verses and know the larger points. This inspired me to read it for myself again, as I had tried to do as a kid. But, “the begats” and the whole Nephilim (giants) sleeping with human women in Genesis was too much for my 11 year old outlook.

    So, this time, I started with the New Testament, finished it, and then continued with Genesis. I’m up to 2nd Chronicles now, and I hope to finish the whole thing in another month or so. I’m doing this because I want to know the Bible as best as I can for my faith and then to bring others to Christianity. So, here’s are a few questions….

    1) How do I/we bring back a person who has a hardened heart by the world even after they’ve gone to church, read the Bible and studied it? On a personal level, this would be for my friend Thomas. On a national level, this would be Bill Maher.

    2) How do you convince an atheist or a Darwinist/naturalist that science is an observation of God’s creation, and not a contradiction to it? And, moreover, can we as the church be open to God revealing himself to us through science as he sees fit, while still gleaning his messages from his word in the Bible? I guess that when I see E=MC2, I think biblically, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Of course, man would turn that into a bomb first. And, Galileo, the father of modern science, was Roman Catholic. So, what is this rift all about?

    3) With the New Covenant of Jesus, we see by his teachings that there are really only one Greatest Commandment, consisting of two parts, that is the most important, and furthermore, they encompass all of the other laws of the Old Testament. So, did God give all the Levitical laws to Moses because we as humans had to be disciplined as two year olds since that was the way God’s chosen were acting at that time? I guess that the culture of the day was something that I can’t even imagine, but some of the laws in the Old Testament were really severe so I don’t know if I’m getting the context right.

    I mean, one law was borderline humorous to me in either Deuteronomy or Leviticus which was (paraphrased): “If two men are in a fight, and the wife of one man crushes the testicles of the other man, then her hands must be cut off.” I had to reread that a couple of times!

    4) Is some of God’s humor in the Bible, and perhaps it’s lost in translation? I would think that God would really be funny. I find the story of the guy falling asleep and then falling out of a high window listening to one of Paul’s sermons pretty funny, but only because then he was OK. Are there other examples of humor that I’m missing?

    Anyway, thanks for entertaining my questions!

    Oh, and after reading the blog, I have something to contribute. Please correct me if I’m wrong….

    • I think that Jesus said “What” to his disciples when he said, “How much longer must I be with you?” This is kinda funny to me, cause it seemed like they were just not getting it….like us, maybe?

  56. Rachel Way says:

    @Kels I believe that God loves all of us. My dad is a preacher. He talked to me about how David was forgiven for his sin. In those days he should have been stoned to death. I know we serve a God that forgives all sins. My dad said that it wasnt my choice my husband left. God made man and didnt want man to be alone. Also my dad looks at sex as marrying someone in the eyes of God, like the old testament, so if that is true God forgives people who have sex with more then one partner and they marry.
    I have a new Q!!
    Then what is the difference?
    Because the act of sex is for marriage if someone has more then one parnter before they marry is that ok. Does God forgive them? What is the difference if u save yourself for your husband and then he walks out on you? If God can forgive a person who has many sex partners and then that person marries. Then should it be ok if I would re marry since my husband cheated, beat me and then walked out on me not my choice..I begged him for 2 years to stay after I found out and then one day he just left for good..He checked out of the marriage before that bc he was still involved with the other women. He said he was saved to before we got married yet when we married revealed all he was involved in and I knew that I would never leave him. I always said his walk was between God and himself yet He in the end left me.

    Rachel Way’s last blog post..God is writing our story…..

  57. denise says:

    Hi,
    Your call for questions has been on my mind this week, and today I read something great! Do you read MckMama’s blog? If not, try to check it out today to read her post about God’s will. I think it’s a great analogy that really gives a good example in everyday terms.
    http://www.mycharmingkids.net/

    Hope your series is going well … can’t wait to hear/read more about it!

  58. Cindy B. says:

    Your most recent post ties into my question perfectly – how can I trust in a Church (and its people) again after being hurt by the people time after time?

    I’ve been to multiple churches in my life trying to find one that I feel comfortable in, but I always end up being hurt by the people at the church (both the leaders and the parishners in some cases) for acting in ways that I would consider un-Christian (gossiping, judging, lying, etc.).

    How can you be lead to a Christian life if the people you worship with aren’t leading the same?

  59. Pete Wilson says:

    Wow! I just wish I could get to 1/10 of these questions in this series.

    May have to plan a sequel to “Q”.

  60. Robert says:

    Thanks for the prayers, Pete. I’m sure my cousin and his family would really appreciate it.

    Robert’s last blog post..Swinging Like Rory

  61. Todd S says:

    Our church has been doing a series called “Fearless Questions” that is similar in nature to Q and our preacher has been knocking it out of the park. His talk on homosexuality yesterday was phenomenal.

  62. denawilliams says:

    I read this through some Internet research not too long ago and didn’t realize some of the most basic questions of all…millions out there are asking online.

    One of the top searches on Google is….”who is God?” In 2007 it was #1 of the top of mind item of Google’s Zeitgeist: http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2007/mind.html. “Who is Jesus?” was #4. “Who is Satan?” was #10. Now in 2008, these got bumped a bit due to the election, economy, etc. but regardless of whether it’s in the top 10 or not, questions like these get asked millions of times per day….wow!! I just wonder…who’s answering them?

  63. Domenica Brighton says:

    Pete. A non-believer here. But I think you’re a person of integrity. My question is why none of you from the Christian mainstream have devoted any discussion to the recent murder of George Tiller — a story that gets to the heart of America’s most passionate ethical divide. I imagine that most, though not all, of your parishioners oppose abortion on moral grounds. You believe in a gospel of love, not vengeance. Isn’t it important for spiritual leaders to comment on religious violence? And violent religious rhetoric? Even if those comments may draw ire from the flock?

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