Can Churches and Questions Be Friends?

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"Pastors and Questions" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

When I post a cartoon like this, I often get responses like, "Not at my church! We're allowed to ask questions."

Sure. Okay. Your church invites questions.

BUT... what KINDS of questions?

I've asked questions and they've evoked different responses... anything from "This is the answer" to "I'll get back to you on that" to "You're fired!"

The questions you are allowed to ask:

Are they harmless ones? Like, "How hot is Hell?" "How many angels are there?" "Can a divorced person get ordained?"

Or, are they more serious? Like, "Is there a Hell?" "Did Jonah really get swallowed by a whale?" "Was there a flood?" "Is the earth 6,000 years old?"

Or, will your church welcome even more dangerous questions? Like, "Is becoming a Christian the only way to be acceptable to God?" "Was there a real historical Jesus?" Is the church an instrument of society to keep people under control?" "Does God exist?"

Pastors and churches that provide a place for ANY question are the best spaces.

I wrote a whole book dedicated to the efficacy of questions, QUESTIONS ARE THE ANSWER on Amazon.