A few years ago, I read a book written by Dr. Dave Earley, entitled The 21 Most Dangerous Questions of the Bible. Over the years I have returned again and again to those questions which impress me as having exceptional merit and grasp my attention. Eight of these questions stand out to me as questions the Bible asks Christians who are interested in really grappling with the Word in order to have a deeper understanding of their faith:
“Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15
“Do you love me?” (John 21:15)
“What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4)
“Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25)
“Will you really lay down your life for me?” (John 13:38)
“Who is it you are looking for?” (John 20:15-18
“Do you believe that I am able?” (Matthew 9:27-30)
and “Who shall separate us from the Love of God?” Romans 8:35.
These questions provide thematic elements for a study by a disciple who is interested in developing a deeper relationship with God through the Word. Indeed, we are confronted by some very dangerous questions in God’s Word – especially if we would answer them honestly. These questions allow the Bible to peer into our hearts and souls and minds as “the Spirit searches out everything and reveals God’s deep secrets” (1 Corinthians 2:10). These words are “not from human wisdom . . . but words given us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths” (v. 13).
Questions generated by God’s Word penetrate our deepest consciousness, and for the modern disciple willing to allow the Holy Spirit to help answer them, “these are questions that can radically alter your life and the lives of the people around you” (21 Most Dangerous Questions).
Accepting the challenge to answer the dangerous questions of the Bible requires faith. Such faith is not a “form of spirituality.” It is not a resolute belief that something good will happen, such as health and wealth because we have positive attitudes and believe God will bless. Biblical faith is not a blind leap against known facts. Biblical faith is a “confident action based on what God has made known in His Word” in worship and in a personal relationship with Him through the person of Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the power of God.
My prayer is that we will accept the challenge to study the Word which will answer these questions in faith; first, through a deep and growing personal relationship with Christ and, second, by responding to Him with behaviors and actions that reveal your trust in Him. Since God’s Word is absolute Truth, to promote a position or ideology contradictory to the Bible is to move away from the truth of God. That’s why Paul wrote, “. . . People who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them, and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means” (v. 14).
Blessings as you seek Him,