Contemplating a pizza miracle and other brain-ticklers

I’ve been thinking a lot about questions without easy answers. I know that some of the Christians in my life seem to have all the answers, and to be honest, that kind of scares me. You see, when we have all of the answers, we tend to not really need God as much in our lives.

On that note, I’m not going to write a column today telling you what to think or how you should live your life in accordance with a certain set of biblical principles. I have learned that many Christ-followers (conservative, liberal and all points between) have already determined what they believe according to certain parts of scripture, while choosing to ignore others.

Instead, I am deciding to simply write a list of thought-provoking questions — both serious and not so serious — in order to get you thinking about why you believe what you believe. I challenge you to contemplate (most of) them. With that being stated, proceed at your own risk.

1. Why did Jesus choose to allow the first miracle of his ministry to be providing an abundance of wine (about 150 gallons) for a wedding party so the guests could get more drunk than they already were following three days of continuous revelry?

a. Why, after this particular instance, does scripture indicate that his disciples put their faith in him?

b. Did the disciples enjoy too much of the wine themselves and hope for a repeat performance?

2. Why didn’t Jesus talk specifically about homosexuality?

3.Why don’t more followers of Christ love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us?

4. Did Jesus ever laugh so hard that he accidentally peed his toga?

5. If God didn’t want women to be preachers, evangelists or church leaders, then why did Luke write in Acts, Chapter 2 (quoting the prophet Joel) that God would pour out “my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy… Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days”?

6. Do we fully realize that we will one day stand before the judgment seat of God?

7. Who would win an arm-wrestling contest between Jesus and the disciples?

a. If it wasn’t Jesus, would they always wonder if he’d let them win?

8. What do I currently believe to be true about God and the Bible that I might not in 50 or 100 years?

9. Do we realize that eternity is not a long time?

a. Do we realize that eternity is not a short time?

b. Do we realize that eternity is not bound by time?

c. Did your brain just short-circuit?

10. If people will know that we are disciples of Christ by how we love one another (according to the disciple John), is it really any surprise that many are wary of the church?

11. Why do some people equate loving someone with blindly condoning their actions?

12. If the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, why do we work so hard to accumulate it?

13. Did the disciples secretly wish for a pizza miracle instead of the multiplication of fish and bread?

a. Why have I never made a breakfast mountain pie with eggs, sausage and cheese?

14. Why am I so good at picking out specks in other people’s lives, but so bad at ignoring the planks in my own?

15. Is human life inherently valuable because we are created in the image of God?

a. Does this pertain to unborn babies in the mothers’ womb?

b. Does this pertain to a convicted criminal on death row?

16. Why do I struggle, realizing how much God truly loves me?

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Scott Garman of Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church, Mill Hall.