Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Big questions


There are a lot of big questions about God.  You know the ones I mean…

How could God allow so much suffering if He’s good?
Isn’t it pretty narrow-minded to say that there is only one way to God?
What about hell?  Can a loving God send people there?
How is the Bible relevant in today’s culture when it was written so long ago?

I thinks it’s good – critical actually – to ask these questions.  If our faith rests on Truth, we can find answers.  God isn’t threatened by our questions and I think He welcomes our honest search for faith. 

There are many good people who have dedicated their lives to helping others get answers to these questions and most of them began their own search in a place of extreme doubt and skepticism.  Many began in an attempt to ‘prove’ that faith in Christ was not rational but their careful study of God’s word led them to the opposite conclusion. 

We have been listening to several podcasts by Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City.  I can highly recommend them – they’re easy to listen to, very well-researched and well-spoken.  All of them are available for free download or streaming on iTunes or at the church website here.

Here are a few that I think are excellent.  Click on any title below for a link to that message.

Absolutism: Don’t we all have to find truth for ourselves?
Doubt: What should I do with my doubts?
Exclusivity:  How can there be just one true religion?
Suffering:  If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?
Hell:  Isn’t the God of Christianity an angry Judge?
Literalism:  Isn’t the Bible historically unreliable and regressive?

There are many many more messages with topics like Who Is God?, How Do I Experience God? and How Does the Gospel Change Me?

If you’ve ever had questions about any of these things (I know I have), this is a great place to start getting some answers.

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