Is Questioning God A Sin?

July 10, 2013

Is Questioning God A Sin?“How do we know God is real if we cannot see Him?” I asked my sister this one afternoon when I was around the age of 8 or 9.  I still remember her response, where we were and what we were doing.  She was in the bathroom and I was hanging over the stairs. As soon as I asked this question she ran out of the bathroom and looked up toward heaven and said, ” Don’t say that!”  and that was the end of the conversation as I can remember it. In short my sister was saying don’t question God.  How many of us Christians have every questioned God?  Or his existence?  I would dare to say most if not all Christians have at one time or another.

I believe that it is impossible to know God is real until he reveals himself to you.  In my opinion that is why we see people who profess to be a Christian and then they are able to walk away from God.  If he has not revealed himself to you, you do not know him so it is easy for you to fluctuate in and out of being a Christian.  God revealed himself to me when I was in 9th grade and I explain in detail in a previous post, how I finally got my answer to the question I asked in the first paragraph.  No matter what I face I know for myself that God is real but that doesn’t mean that I never question his methods or timing.

It is critical that we who are Christians understand that questioning God is not a sin.  Jesus our ultimate example questioned God when he was being crucified.  In Matthew 27: 45-46 Jesus called out to God saying, ” my God, my God why has though forsaken me?”  There is no sin in questioning God.  Sin occurs when we begin to doubt God’s word.  I would urge you to search the bible pertaining to your trials and see what the Lord has to say about them.  All throughout the bible God makes promises especially to those who are being wrongly persecuted.  Mediate on his word and the promises he has made regarding the trials you are facing.  Believe God’s word and read scripture that will encourage your soul.  Scripture such as this one found in 1 Peter 5:10 ” And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 

We must understand that every trial that we are facing is not an attack from Satan.  We have to be honest with ourselves. Some of the harvest that we are reaping right now is because of the decisions we’ve made in the past, and are just not facing the consequences of our actions.  In a previous post regarding divorce,  I posed the question ” what part of this marriage falling apart was because of you?”  Well today I pose a similar question.  What part of the trials you are facing are a direct consequence to the decisions you’ve made in the past?  It is only when we are honest with ourselves that restoration and healing can occur.

Challenge:  Exam the trials that you are facing right now.  If it is unjust search the bible for promises from God.  If you find that your trials are consequences ask God to forgive you and begin to live a new life in Christ Jesus. 

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