Questions of Another Kind

Before the sail started, a week and a half ago, many people departed from the ship, including the leader of my dining hall team, Aafke.  So, everyone (but me) thought it would be a good idea to make me the team leader, a little later than the two weeks that Mary Lou had said it would take. 

It’s been a struggle.  Some of the people who have been put on my team constantly challenge everything that is done.  Why do we have to do that?  Why can’t we do it this way?  Why do we have to start work so early?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?

To tell the truth, it gets a little annoying.  Now I know a little on how church leaders feel.  How God feels.

At times, it is healthy to question things.  When someone quotes scripture, go and look it up, read it in context and see if how they used it fits in with the whole scripture.  When the church does things that seem to go against the teachings of Jesus, do research, look at the traditions and at the word of God.  When something just doesn’t settle right with you, look into it and figure out the reasons you feel that way.  Don’t accept someone elses word for it, go and discover it yourself (whatever ‘it’ happens to be).

One of the things that I have noticed about the modern-day church is that nobody questions.  Or if they do, they settle with the answer ‘it’s always been done that way’. 

I started questioning the way things were done in the church while I was still in middle school, at the age of twelve, thirteen and fourteen.  I asked why the church preached to sell everything you own and give to the poor, but yet had chalices and plates made of solid gold, silver and platinum, priests wore fancy clothing, and the church had plenty of money hidden away to buy and purchase all these fancy things.  I  questioned why the church that I observed did not practice what they preached. 

I find that it is healthy to question your own faith.  Why do you believe what you believe? Was it because of your parents?  How you were raised?  Do you agree with everything your church preaches?  What about their traditions?  What don’t you agree with and why? 

Some questions are harder to swallow, and many people avoid them like a plague.  Questions like:  Are you really a Christian?  Are you living the life you want to live?  What is holding you back? 

In questioning your faith, you find answers for yourself.  You find them in scripture and in your own personal experiences.  In doing so, you strengthen what you believe and reveals the truth of these beliefs. 

If you hae never questioned your faith before, I challenge you to start asking questions.  It doesn’t matter what faith you have, Christian or not, you must know why you believe.  If you have questioned before, I challenge you to continue to question and to grow in your faith. 

If you don’t question, how will you ever know what you believe?

God Bless and PEACE

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