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By Dr. Jeff Zweerink
“How does this work?” “Why did that happen?” “Is this really true?”
I love questions. I enjoy learning from insightful responses (either spoken or read) and delight in providing a helpful answer to questions others have. Even questions for which I have no answer provide pleasure through pondering how I might find a good response. Questions can indicate a desire to learn, a willingness to challenge authority, and even a lack of confidence in a particular explanation or belief. Many believe that Christianity is threatened by questions. The example below illustrates this idea that questions dishonor God and that faith suppresses questions (just search for “faith vs. science quotes” for more examples).
One of my favorite passages addressing this mischaracterization of true faith is found in Matthew 11:2–6. John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus with this question: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
On one level, the question is ridiculous. Consider the background of John the Baptist. While he was in his mother’s womb, he recognized when Mary entered the room, pregnant with Jesus (Luke 1:39–45). John’s primary mission in life was to proclaim the coming of the Messiah so that people would repent in preparation (Matthew 3). When Jesus came to John for baptism, John declared that it was Jesus who should baptize him (Matthew 3:14). When Jesus persisted and John baptized him, John saw the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus like a dove, and a voice from heaven declare, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” (Matthew 3:16–17). John the Baptist, of all people, should have known who Jesus was!
On a deeper level, the question reflects a genuine desire for truth…
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