Church looks at questions for God

If you could ask God any question, what would you ask?
Matt Westerhold
Feb 23, 2013

Will I be saved? Does everything really happen for a reason? Are my deceased loved ones doing OK?

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Send these queries, and more, to a local church's leaders, and they'll try to provide the answers.

Grace Community Church in Fremont begins its third "#GodQuestions" series today, kicking off a month-long program dedicated to tackling tough issues surrounding religion and faith.

Comments

thinkagain

Dog’s Law - To err is human, to blame it all on Bush is Obama.

ose56

I'm praying for all of you......

Licorice Schtick

I am saddened by the false piety and schadenfreude of those who declare their prayers for others but in truth feel smugly self-satified that they are holier. They would better pray for their own souls.

4shizzle

Twisted.

John Harville

If two identical people (for discussion's sake) have the same identical illness and all other things are equal except that 100 people pay for the one and there is no one to pray for the other....

Does God choose to heal the '100' and let the 'one' perish?

Prayer is comfort for the the one who prays and the one for whom prayer is offered.

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DEEPsix

Interesting you guys ask this question of all days... Tonite, actually 18 minutes ago, the Holiday of PURIM started... Sundown tonite thru sundown tomorrow, is the actual day that ESTHER - yes the Esther from the Book of Esther - occured over 2000 years ago.
Read the Book of Esther tomorrow, teach it to your children, and you'll know what God really means. Esther faced death, saved a whole race, and destroyed the most evil of people. The evil "Haman"....
Esther was the strongest of woman, and of people, so learn what her story means today.

HAPPY PURIM, Good Yom Tov to my Jewish friends.

John Harville

haddassah... YET ANOTHER interfaith marriage...

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DEEPsix

Yes that was her real name, but, NO IT WASN'T AN INTERfaith marraige as you state. Actually King X was a pagan. Esther taught the King that there actually was ONE G-d.

John Harville

Where DO you get this stuff DEEPsix? Pagan just means he didn't believe in Esther's Yhwh but in Zoroastrianism. Sunworshipers are considered pagans by Christians. The Maya were considered pagans - though they had an extensive religion.
Jews definitely considered the Romans to be pagans.

reporter54

When you all find out we're just a weird alien experiment, what you gonna say then? I do believe in God and in reincarnation. We are here to learn various lessons and return several times until we get it right. There is no hell, except those chosen by your soul here on earth. The bible, unfortunately, does not have all the answers, is contradictory, purports violence against women and then there's the passages concerning homosexuals which you can take in various ways (as goes with many bible passages). The whole bible was not written by God or Jesus. Much of it depends on interpretation and even scholars aren't sure.

reporter54

When you all find out we're just a weird alien experiment, what you gonna say then? I do believe in God and in reincarnation. We are here to learn various lessons and return several times until we get it right. There is no hell, except those chosen by your soul here on earth. The bible, unfortunately, does not have all the answers, is contradictory, purports violence against women and then there's the passages concerning homosexuals which you can take in various ways (as goes with many bible passages). The whole bible was not written by God or Jesus. Much of it depends on interpretation and even scholars aren't sure.

Licorice Schtick

Dear God, people who think starlight that took millions of years to get here was created just 7000 years ago, want to rule mankind in your name. Is there hope for us?

Good 2 B Me

NICE!

Don't forget that if you disagree in MOST Gods, you should be killed in their name! Yeah, that's cool too.

queenjhb

People created [God] because facing the fact that this is all there is, is too difficult, loved ones will never be seen again[after death] to control the actions of others [ god ,s rules for life] Yes, you can be a good moral person w/out a [God] perhaps choosing good w/out fear of God is more noble . You can have love,empathy,trust and justice w/ out God. Godspeed,godbless, and blessed be to all.

Good 2 B Me

Absolutely!

freethinker1

I agree 100% with Queen. It is true that we can live moral lives without the Bible. The 10 commandments are more striking for what they DO NOT mandate. Several of them are basically an insecure god demanding allegiance, but nothing outlawing slavery, nothing about treating everyone with respect (including women, gays and minorities) and nothing against child abuse?

John Harville

My question: Did you speak to Abraham? SERIOUSLY. Because we only have his word for it.

John Harville

Another question: Did you seriously tell Abraham to choose Isaac over his firstborn Ishmael?
And Another: Since Jacob/Israel stole his older brother's birthright and had children by four women - including sisterwives - why did you set him up as the head of the church?

thinkagain

From the beginning the human mind has grown in experience and knowledge, from the simplest understanding of its surrounding universe, to an ever increasing understanding. The minds of this time have a vast array of scientific instruments to pursue questions ranging from the inner mechanisms of atomic particles and DNA molecules to the stars at the edge of the universe. It is this pursuit of concentrated thought and energies that will one day have man a total comprehension of the physical reality which has surrounded him from the beginning. He will stare face to face with the universe and understand all its intricacies.

At that point man will have only one question remaining to be answered. Why? Why this cosmic existence is here and more importantly why am I here. What am I, only a branch off the root of the Big Bang? We are also capable of understanding the beauty of Creation. If the human mind is alone in this ability, I can assume this universe is here for my benefit, perhaps only for me to enjoy.

Having struggled and climbed to the pinnacle of knowledge, we can only ask, what is the meaning of Life?

luvblues2

Agreed thinkagain. Only one question. Why?

freethinker1

The meaning of life can be found intrinsically. You dont need anything or anyone else to define your own self worth. I challenge each of us to stand on our own two feet, and live this life to the fullest, because it's the only one we are each going to have. There is no afterlife, although I can certainly understand people's need to believe that they will somehow see their loved ones for all eternity. Nobody wants to believe that when you die, that's it. I think, deep down, we all know the truth. Otherwise, people wouldn't go out of their way to AVOID death. If the afterlife is this place of perfection and love, why do Christians look both ways when they cross the street, and why do they wear seats belts. Furthermore, churches with lightning rods on top are another obvious example of the faithful not having much faith in their beliefs....

thinkagain

Freethinker1 has solved the riddle of the meaning of life that has perplexed philosophers through the ages.

Once and for all Gods hidden purpose for creating man in His image is finally revealed!

“God created this cosmic existence just so man could walk out into traffic.”

Boy oh boy, who’da thunk it?

John Harville

And my big one: Several persons in your Grace Community have 'souls on ice' - in-vitro embryos languishing in labs somewhere because their parents made a 'choice' to implant only some and now don't know what to do with the remaining children. 1. Do they have souls? 2. Are these parents 'pro-choice' even though they claim to be pro-life?

donutshopguy

Why do you let people kill other human beings in your name? Most wars or other conflicts over the centuries have been over religion.

grandmasgirl

I am just glad that I believe in a God. I believe that this world would really be bad off if more people did not believe. I do wonder if those people who do not believe had parents that also did not believe or if something happened to make them not believe. My question to God would be "why have so many forsaken you?"

ladydye_5

My mother believed. My mother also had issues with the Catholic church and the CONSTANT begging of money. She had issues when the priest and nun came to our house to tell her she was a bad mother for allowing my brother and I to believe SCIENCE and question the Catholic Church teachings. She raised me to read, learn, be independent and to make my own choices. As a teenager/young adult I read MANY MANY books on religion. ALL religions. I thank my lucky stars everyday my mother gave me options in life and gave me a mind of my own to think for myself.

freethinker1

For the same reason I no longer believe in the easter bunny, tooth fairy and Santa claus. Because it's been documented that the Jesus myth was stolen from about ten older religions. Because I will take critical thinking skills and science over unsubtantiated faith any day of the week. As Chris Hitchens often said, "extraordinary claims such as the resurrection and virgin birth require extraordinary evidence".

happyfeet64

I was raised in an evangelical church, was baptized at 15 and believed in God for a long time. Thru the years I have studied numerous religions. I have come to the conclusion that there is an energy that we put names to. It can be used for positive or negative. The same can be used for healing,serenity and peace or it can be used for hatred and murder. What I live by and what I've taught my children is basically what ever you put out comes back 3fold. I identify myself as Wiccan because I believe everything is connected and here for a purpose.I do not ever discount the idea of a christian God the same as I do not discount other religions. They are here for us to realize that everything we do has a reaction to the action. Why would I be so arrogant as to tell someone what they believe and live by is wrong? That is not my purpose while I am here. Just saying.

starryeyes83

Dear Father / Mother God, ( if you're there)

Is it true that the Bible was made up in the Catholic church to scare the hell out of everyone in order to control them? Is it true the Jesus' story is modeled after the Egyptian story of Horus (?) and pre-dates it by some 10,000 years earlier?

Why do most of the people who claim to be "Christian" look down their noses to people who are not in the same income bracket as they are? I know of a few. Why are they two- faced ? They have one face in public and another in their personal lives where they just love to put down and condenscend to family members they claim to love. And yet, they NEVER do anything wrong , it's always someone else's fault and negativity - all the while they just keep bashing people?

If that is today's definition of a so called "Christian".... I'm so glad I'm not one. For I do not believe in organized religion and most of the crooks who run the shows.

I do believe in a higher power. And hope one day to find out what all it entails. I don't need a book or someone on a pulpit or to sit in a church to tell me how to live my life or what's right and wrong.

And I certainly don't believe in having to Pay to Pray!!!

Enough said.

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luvblues2

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