You’ve got questions we’ve got answers so do we!
In our small group this week one of our members said something like “I don’t like how Paul always singles out women when it comes modesty and dress. I thought that question was a new high water mark in group transparency.
Is it ok to question the Bible?
Questioning Biblical writers is necessary if we are going to engage in honest discussions about Scripture. The Bible was not written with the finger of God. Real men were inspired to write, but they were real people. Just like us, these people were products of their times and of their families and of the part of the world they lived.
Don’t answer too quickly
I’ve been in groups where everyone rushed to defend the Bible or give what they thought was the “right” Christian answer to a given question. Allowing the question to be examined can lead to a rich discussion.
It’s ok to have unresolved questions
I still don’t know why God killed Ananias and Saphira for lying about how much they gave to the Lord. It seems harsh and I’ve not witnessed anything like it in modern times. It frankly sounds more Old Testament than New Testament. I also don’t understand the Scripture about dead people getting out of their graves and walking into Jerusalem after Jesus death and resurrection. I love being in a church where it’s ok to ask. And for the record, it does seem like Paul picks on the women a little much.