Is It Okay To Question?

Question: “Is It okay to question? Should Christians accept everything without question? Is it a sin to ask questions, to wonder, to doubt?”

Answer: Yes, it is okay to question, even in matters of faith. The Bible even gives us illustrations of great men of faith who asked questions. Consider the following examples from Scripture: David (Psalm 13), Job (Job 2:10, 42:1-8), John the Baptist (Matthew 11:2-3).

Indeed, there is an entire branch of theology called apologetics. This is the science that teaches us how to defend the Christian faith. (See 1 Peter 3:15, Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:3, Acts 26:22-26). Apologetics addresses the issues raised by people’s doubts and questions.

It should also be stressed that Christians should not be gullible. We should not be easily taken in. We don’t fall for every “prophet,” “miracle,” or “revelation from God.” We should question where things come from. There are some things that rightfully are called into question. This is something we are instructed to do in the Bible. See 1 John 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, and Matthew 10:16.

There is a caution here, though. Although it is natural, and even healthy, to question things—this does not mean that we should be skeptics. We should not live our lives doubting. Faith is our goal. Our faith should be based on fact, and on reasonable understanding, but reason is not our goal. We strive to live by faith. Furthermore, in seeking answers to legitimate questions, we must be careful that we do not become overly proud of our reasoning. Finally, we must be wary of falling into endless arguments and debates. This is not beneficial to our spiritual walk with Christ. (See Titus 3:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 2 Timothy 2:23-26.)

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