Questions For/From God
I feel this song fits the theme of this piece perfectly. PRESS PLAY to listen as you read.
Is God a man or a woman?
Will God love me less if I don’t go to church every Sunday?
If God is all-powerful, then why doesn’t He just kill Satan and get it over with?
Why do we have to suffer and die here in order to live forever with Him later?
If God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree, then why did He put it there in the first place?
If God loves His children so much, then why would He send them to hell?
As a child, I remember asking these and all sorts of other questions about God and the Bible. Some of my questions were answered, but most were not. Most of the time I was told that I should never question God. At first, I chalked my questions up to simply being those great mysteries that no one will know or understand. We just had to accept what was written and told to us and leave the rest alone. I feared even asking these questions at all for fear that God would get mad at me for questioning his authority and being all up in His business. So, I stopped asking and wondered to myself.
As I grew older, I learned that many of my questions weren’t answered simply because the people I asked just didn’t have the answers. They too were taught to not question God and accept whatever they were told or read in the Bible as truth. It’s not their fault. It’s what they were taught and is what they believe. But for me, the questions still lingered.
After a while, I grew impatient and I wanted answers. So, I sought them. And who better to ask than the Creator Himself, right? So, I prayed and amazingly I got some answers. I say amazingly because I honestly did not expect to. I expected some giant hand to point down from the sky and say, “Stay out of my business or so help me, ME, I will smite the hell out of thee!” But it wasn’t like that. Some of the answers were quite simple like “Umm, duh!” while others were mind-blowing.
It started with some basic understanding of different scriptures of the Bible. There were things that I once believed should be taken literally that I now understand are simple allegory. Other beliefs I have completely discarded because they just didn’t stand up to truth and reason. Soon, I felt myself being led outside of the Bible into other holy books like the Quran, Tao Te Ching, the Kabbala, and so much more. And what’s really amazing is that everything seemed to fit together like pieces to a puzzle. It was as though God had already prepared some sort of curriculum or lesson plan for me to follow. And then it hit me…
My questions weren’t disrespectful to God. On the contrary…what I believed to be me questioning or testing The Creator was actually Him opening my mind and expanding my perception so that He could reveal Himself to me. My curiosity was my reaching out to the Source Of Life who not only heard my call, but gave me answers to questions I did not even think to ask. I discovered that God is both the question (Divine Inspiration) and the answer (Divine Wisdom). And had I not traveled the path of curiosity, I never would have arrived to the place of understanding the things that I do now. I truly once was blind, but now I see.
Maybe you have questions. Maybe you have doubts. That’s perfectly normal. But if there is one thing that experience has taught me it is that testing our beliefs is how we learn to distinguish what is true and what is false. I encourage you to question all that you are told about God and your religion. Your relationship with your Creator is YOURS. Don’t allow others to dictate your relationship with the Source of your life. Would you allow someone outside of your family and home to tell you about your mother when you live in the same house with her and could very well observe her or ask her yourself? I would hope not.
One of my favorite quotes from The Matrix is this: “It’s the question that drives us.” Don’t be afraid to ask The Creator anything. Don’t be afraid to question your pastor, priests, spiritual advisor’s or whoever’s interpretation of scriptures or even the scriptures themselves. Don’t rely on gurus, bloggers (like me), shamans, or anyone to tell you about the very same Spirit which lives in you. The God who revealed Himself to them will reveal Himself to you if you would only ASK. Those nagging questions that you believe to be disrespectful could actually be the Source inviting you to ask what you will so that He might reveal Himself to you. Again, don’t ask your neighbor. Take my advice and go straight to the Source. You’ll thank Him for it.
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