Easter is traditionally that time of year to consider the implications of the question:
“What if Jesus really did what people said He did?”
The answer to that comes with more questions and doubts.
Here’s what I’m learning…
Doubt is quite natural. Even one of Jesus’ closest followers had major doubts, right after he was resurrected. So it’s natural for many people coming to Christianity for the first time to ask:
How do I know God is real?
Why is there suffering in the world?
How do I know the Bible is true?
These are all good questions to ask, (and questions we’ll address next week).
On the other hand, when it comes to Christians, many people are raised in communities where those questions are not asked. They inherit their beliefs. As a result they have not made Christianity “their own”. Here’s what I am getting at.
Both doubters AND believers need to examine their doubts and the fundamental beliefs underneath them.
But what is the best way for that to happen?
If skeptics only gathered with skeptics to express their doubts, then they won’t examine their doubts. If believers only gather with other believers to express their faith, they won’t examine their faith.
See… both groups won’t express and examine their doubts and faith as well as if they were together.
So… what if they were in a learning community where believers AND doubters are coming together regularly, to examine their beliefs and their doubts alongside each other?
If you call yourself a Christian then you’re in that kind of place. If you have questions about Christianity, you are in the right place to explore that.