VIEWPOINTS: Jesus asked God lots of questions. If you could ask God a question, what would it be?

The crucifixion scene from Northside Baptist's Easter production "How Love Wins."

The crucifixion scene from Northside Baptist’s Easter production “How Love Wins.”

In the weeks leading up to Jesus’ betrayal and death on the cross, the Bible quotes Jesus speaking with God many times and possibly asking lots of questions.

In his counsel with God in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus makes a statement of request to God: “Father if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)

On the cross, Jesus asked, explicitly:

“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama

sabachthani?”-which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46

 But if given the chance, what question would you ask of God?

2 Responses to “VIEWPOINTS: Jesus asked God lots of questions. If you could ask God a question, what would it be?”

  1. JoAnne Silvia

    Just ONE question! Can I have more questions, please? What I should ask is: What is your will for me? Hopefully I would have the courage to ask that. I also want to ask: What do you like to be called? Is it okay if I occasionally refer to you with a feminine pronoun or call you mother? I believe God might say: It’s okay, as long as you call me. Or perhaps something more profound like: be still and know that I am God.

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  2. David Scott

    I have so many questions, limiting them to one is beyond impossible. A few I would be caught asking are:

    1) Do you exist and, if so, why do you keep it such a mystery? Is religion supposed to be some guessing game?

    2) Are you the Universal God of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and other religions or do you pick favorites? If so, why?

    3) If you are a merciful God, why do you twiddle your thumbs during war, natural disasters, and plagues when millions of innocent people are suffering and dying?

    4) Why are so many of your followers so antagonistic and intolerant toward other religions and non-believers? Is this what religion is all about?

    5) How can someone live a sin-filled life and then be privileged to a death bed conversion? Isn’t this cheating?

    6) Why isn’t religion more focused on solving worldly problems instead of putting so much emphasis on an afterlife?

    7) Religious (or some say “blind) faith is by its very nature irrational, counterintuitive, and unscientific. Why must one divorce himself from critical thinking, science, and history to be a “true believer”?

    8) Did you really create man, or did man actually create You?

    9) If religion is a force for good in the world, why are so many wars, acts of terrorism, and hate groups motivated for religious reasons by people who claim to believe in You? How can you be on BOTH sides in wars?

    10) Why do you get the credit for all the good in the world but never get blamed for the horror?

    11) Do you answer prayers? If so, how do you choose which ones?

    12) Why do bad things happen to good people, and the bad guys often finish first? Is this justice?

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