“But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
—Mary, the mother of Jesus (in Luke 1:34)
“Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t
I die as I came from the womb? . . .
Oh, why give life to those who are in
misery, and life to those who are bitter?”
—Job (in Job 3:11, 20)
“Lord, if only you had been here,
my brother would not have died.”
—Martha of Bethany (in John 11:21)
“O Lord, how long will you
forget me? Forever? How long
will you look the other way?”
—David (in Psalm 13:1)
“I won’t believe it unless I see the
nail wounds in his hands, put my
fingers into them, and place my
hand into the wound in his side.”
—Thomas (in John 20:25).
The Good Book is jam-packed with questioners—with people who ask, who weep, who wonder, who push back, who investigate. Some of these are questions stemming from confusion or curiosity. Some are longings born of grief or pain. Some are doubts stemming from skepticism or uncertainty.
God’s people, from the earliest records of Scripture throughout church history and into today, have always included questioners. Skeptics. The curious. The wrestlers. And yet, somehow still, these people are also part of the faithful.
There are times in each of our lives, too, when questions may assail us—and when it is critical for us to know that there’s a difference between faith-shattering doubt and faith-buoying honesty. We may ask:1
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