My Questions Your Answers

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My Questions Your Answers

"My Questions Your Answers" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Many people assume the answer follows the question.

Not in our spiritual lives!

Healthy personal growth leads us further away from a dualistic view of the world and further into a more paradoxical one.

We are pulled, if we are willing (and even sometimes if we‚ not), out of the shallows and into the deep.

I'm not talking about yes-or-no questions, like is there a Hell? the story of Jonah and the whale true? the creation story literal?Do all paths lead to heaven?” Although these are often questions that may begin our more intense journeys into deeper and more open questions.

Questions like what if the bible is myth and metaphor rather than history and fact? How is my perception of God conditioned by my upbringing? Jesus wasn't a historical figure, then how does this change my understanding of Christianity? How does my brain‚ priority to protect itself play a role in my belief system? Can my feelings of God be manufactured by my mind‚ amazing ability to concoct these feelings? Scary but important questions!

(Hey! Did you know I've written a whole book on questions called "Questions are the Answer" available on Amazon?)

So, it is a mistake to believe people with questions are troubled, immature, rebellious, sinful, or possessed. In fact, I believe they are further down the road.

Just look at the scientific community! It is driven by questions. The best we can come up with is a theory. But never the final answer. In the scientific community, all claims are what is called "falsifiable".

It's the same in most serious psychological, personal, or spiritual growth models (all three are the same to me): living with questions is the end of the journey, not the beginning.

A perfect example is the Zen koan‚ an unanswerable question that provokes the mind to ascend above the black and white world of dualistic and therefore simplistic thought.

Even in the Christian tradition, one of the last words of Jesus is one of the most painful and existential questions that can ever be asked: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

This question, like any good question, cannot and should not be answered.

It can only be lived with.

But if we can learn to live with such deep mystery, learn to float in it, then this is where we find true life and communion with what is.

(If you want a safe community in which to ask your questions without judgment, join us at TheLastingSupper.com ‚ I'll welcome you myself!)


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