Asking bold questions leads to stronger faith
So I began to have fun in the rediscovery of Buddhism. I’d taken a world religions class in college, so I had a few books on the shelf — of course, there is so much information online, and I had some background knowledge I’d forgotten that returned to me.
Questions arose within me, such as What is this system? Is it a good thing for people? How do people live it out? What size is this lifestyle? Who is the founder and how did his teachings develop? Where do people practice these beliefs? What are the beliefs and how are they acted or not acted upon?
I absolutely love knowledge — whatever it may be. In this quest, I began to reflect on my zig-zags, getting the big picture and I realized and pondered, as a Christian, that this may be what it is like for people who are learning about Jesus. To many here and across the globe, Jesus is an unknown entity. When I tell people “Jesus loves you” or “God is with you” at Christmastime, a large portion of people are confronted with an unknown set of characters, beliefs, practices and even misconceptions.
To those who have grown up in a culture that is predominantly Christian, this might come as a surprise, but I find it to be more and more true. Those I care about and minister to here in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas often are discovering Jesus for the first time. I mention Abraham, King David or Matthew, Mark and Luke and in return I receive blank stares. It is then I know that I am living among the questions rather than the knowns.
I find this exciting because I know that I will be able to rediscover what I believe with new groups with fresh perspectives.
As you journey, remember to grow in knowledge and goodness. Accept that we will have questions, because discovery always opens up new frontiers. As one who follows in the footsteps of Jesus, I try to remember this passage from the second book of Peter: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In a world full of people asking questions, my prayer for you is that your journey will never end, that you will continue to meet new and interesting people, that you will discover the hidden angels (messengers) across our universe, that God’s love and wisdom will shine brightly and that love and goodness will increase in our world.
Let’s make it so.