It’s simply a question, but it’s bothersome already isn’t it? Blasphemous, heretical, misled. Or is it? It’s just a question. In itself, it’s innocuous. But questions that challenge our beliefs get us so very bent out of shape.
Read some of these questions and pay attention to what comes up in you just by reading them (anger, relief, tension, frustration, etc).
What if what you believe is wrong?
What if there is a God?
What if there isn’t a God?
What if macro evolution is the way things came to be?
What if everything was created by God in 7 literal days?
What if neither is right?
What if the church is a sham?
What if the church is God’s intention for humanity to experience him on earth today?
What if Democrats are right?
What if Republicans are right?
What if they’re both wrong?
What if being a good person is enough to go to heaven?
What if being a good person doesn’t matter at all?
What if Jesus loves everyone regardless of who they are or what they do?
What if Muslims are right?
What if Christians are right?
What if Jews are right?
What if Atheists are right?
What if Buddhists are right?
What if Hindus are right?
What if none of them are right?
What if all of them are right?
What if heaven is only attainable if we follow a set of rules or guidelines?
What if there’s not a hell?
What if hell does exist?
What if asking questions should be discouraged?
What if asking questions should be welcomed?
What comes up in you as you read these questions? Do some put you at ease? Do others make your blood boil? Remember, these are just questions. In fact, they are paired together to ask the question on the same subject with both a positive and a negative.
Did any questions make you uncomfortable? Which ones, and why?
These really are just questions. What do you assume about me for asking them? What do you assume about others who ask them?
Do you find yourself quickly moving to polarize your view against the question? Why?
What if we could learn to hold the tension of a question regardless of our firmly held beliefs? What if we could hold that tension and enter into a conversation?
*if you’re interested, a great book on the art of inquiry by Warren Berger is A More Beautiful Question. I highly recommend it.