Leaving Church #2: Unanswered questions

[ This post is the second post in this series.  ]

Leaving Church series: Intro 1, Intro 2, Part 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5, Pt 6, Pt 7.

2. Too many unanswered questions

[Added: when I’m teaching a class, sometimes I feel pressured by a time limit to just get through the planned lesson and I try to answer the occasional question that comes up. There have been times when a flurry of questions arise but I just didn’t have the time because time was up.  In cases like this, I wonder if I should I just skip the necessary materials and just answer their questions? ]

Some people were brought up in church and have attended for years or even decades but have never found answers to their questions.  I wonder if they ever will.  Leavers of Church leave because they are not able to ask the tough questions that have always troubled them. Simple answers and clichés about God and the bible are given because it’s easy to take our people for granted–thinking that they will not leave the church…but really deep inside, they are wondering if there is more to this Christian religion.

  • Are there deeper answers to my spiritual, emotional, and personal problems?  Is God really listening?
  • What happens when I pray?
  • Am I really loved by God?
  • Are miracles and healing really possible?
  • Why do I have to continually suffer for so many years?
  • Who is God really and how can I know God?

I remember sitting in Sunday school myself as a 12 year-old, looking up at the Sunday school teacher, and wondering if Jesus really was who he said he was… and if God was real… or if this Christianity stuff was all made up.  These are simple but common questions any young person will wonder about but are very much afraid to ask because we would be seen as doubters.  Do we ask them what “dumb questions” they may have?  Do we skip the planned lessons and entertain these seemingly simple questions, or ignore them due to time constraints?