Interviewing God

I have been thinking about something lately and I want to invite your feedback.  This going to be a short post as I am hoping to hear your opinions.  For the sake of continuity and discussion, if you are willing – please post your responses here on the blog if you are a FB user.  Here is the question…

If you could interview God while you were still alive (as opposed to when you meet God in the new creation), what is the one question that you would ask?

 

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  • Ed

    Why?

  • Dorothy Gillstrap

    Why didn't you leave clearer instructions so that we would not be so confused "down" here trying to figure it all out?

  • kimberly quinn

    Why create Lucifer in the first place; knowing he would rebel, knowing we would give into temptation and fall, knowing the pain our redemption would cost, knowing the pain you feel for those who do not choose you, why create Lucifer in the first place?

  • Steve

    Why grant me or even give me the deepest desire of my heart, aside from you, all for it to collapse at the last hour?

  • http://tellingsecrets-mks.blogspot.com Marti

    Since this season "while we're still alive" is so short and unique, I think I'd want to ask him a question that would help me see it through his eyes. Probably a clarifying, personal question on what it is that he wants me to know or do or be, e.g., "What do you have to say to me?" It's not a question I ask him sincerely, attentively, and often enough.

  • Barry Anglin

    Here's a good one. Why do so many Christians ask such presumptuous questions?

  • Tiffany

    What is the truth?

  • http://ballymennoniteblogger.blogspot.com/ Robert Martin

    I would ask "Can I come home now?" Anything else is a matter of me as a finite human trying to understand the infinite God and is hubris… Job got his answer to "Why?" and it really is not a very satisfying answer for those who want concrete… For me, it's wanting to know if I've done enough now to be able to go home because life is very wearing at times and I look forward to that permanent rest… "To live is Christ, to die is gain"… I look forward to that gain…

  • Michael Dise

    I don't think I would know what to ask…it's hard to envision such a scenario!

  • James

    It seems that he made things quite clear…

    Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

    I can't imagine that one question could make anything clearer then that (at least when it comes to our salvation).

  • http://officehourthoughts.blogspot.com Nathan McC

    Have you read "Can God be Trusted" by Stackhouse? In it he says he always challenges his students to find the verse that says that one day we will be able to ask God all our questions. hint: It doesn't exist. He points out that it is more likely we will be like Job, our questions will not be answered but God's presence will be enough. I think there is something there worth thinking about.

  • http://www.redeemercovenant.org Jack Brown

    How can we best understand the relationship between free will and your will?

  • Josh Westbrook

    "But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, why have you made me like this?" Rom. 9:20

    I'd say if I were given the chance to ask God a question it would be a "what could I do" question rather than a "why did you" question.

  • Louie

    I guess I would ask how He has had the patience to deal with those that are so blessed (like me) but still fall so short in trying to do the simple things He tells us to do…..

  • http://theholywild.wordpress.com graceshaker

    eloi eloi lama sabachthani?

  • artistjojo

    I think if I had the nerve to ask anything it would be "What now?"

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek

    I wish I had a "holy" question or a "self-less" question or a "godly" question or a "deep" question or a "Christian" question. Alas, I have only this:

    "God, why are things the way they are?"

    And in that one question, God knows I am asking a thousand others…

    • Hillary

      I also wish I had a "smart" or "sophisticated" question to ask God… But from the heart of a child to my Father, I think I just might ask the same…

      "And in that one question, God knows I am asking a thousand others…"

  • http://www.spoonfulofdreams.co.uk Chris Price

    I'm with Nathan. Meeting God is meeting God – 'when' is irrelevant. I cannot imagine asking one question. It would feel so crass and pathetic.

  • Karen Holt

    …."would You show me what happens in Your heart when we sincerely worship and pray?"

    • Zack Allen

      I asked God this exact question about four years ago.

      Whoa! Go ahead and ask Him now. But be ready for what comes next. It was overwhelming.

  • http://zeteokaiheurisko.wordpress.com zulianij

    God, are you ready for a rant?! : )

    I think all most of the harder questions about existence (particularly theodicy) can be answered in the truth of "libertarian freewill" (though natural evil – such as volcanoes and wasps – can be hard to "explain" away). Theodicy is ethically impossible if you assume God willed/desired the present suffering existence.

    BUT, the one issue that I have (the last theological mountain) is this:
    The Problem Of Hell
    "God, if you knew the (even) the likelihood (from an open future perspective) of most of your most-loved creation (humanity made in your image) were going to spend eternity in eternal torment/torture… why did you create at all?!"

    That isn't love.

    If any father or mother knew that most of their children were going to be kidnapped and tortured by an sadistic pedophile until their death ten years later (never-mind eternity…), would we have had children? I sure as "hell" wouldn't.
    The typical argument people give about us having children being a good reason for why God created us is not sound in light of the standard evangelical belief about God's eternal judgment. God didn't (and I definitely lean towards believing He didn't) have to create a world where spirit beings HAD to spend eternity in eternal torment. For an example, He could have a create a reality where there is an end to their judgment and existence.

    This is why, I must confess, the typical understanding and "doctrinal statement" of hell is the one thing I cannot affirm. I think we got off in our interpretation of the symbols and severity particularly with Augustine in the West. Much of pre-Augustinian/Dark Ages theology was more hopefully inclusive of God's salvific grace, and did not paint the portrait of a sadistic (creating for torture) God.

    I think God is much more wise, loving, just, and good than to create a world where most of His "loved" creation spends eternity in eternal torture – God-perpetuated, conscious torment. Annihilationism seems much more fitting for God's dealing with evil. But I'm still journeying on my reading and thinking on this topic.

  • Katie

    It would have to be either:
    "What have you planned for me to be and do?"
    or
    "How can I bring more of you into my life and the lives of those around me?"

    • Zack Allen

      I love both of these. Particularly fond of the second because I think it is the answer to the first.

  • http://n/a Charlie

    Lord, I accept there are many things I simply will not understand until your Day comes. Will you please help me to be an effective servant in and for your kingdom to work toward that Day? Thank you, heavenly Father.

  • http://www.betweenleafandsky.wordpress.com Tasiyagnunpa Livermo

    I think in His unmitigated presence, I would finally be speechless.

  • Juli

    I honestly can't think of one question. Just trying to imagine what you are saying is difficult, because I can't create a proper image of it in my mind. How would God appear to me? As a human? A male? A female? Androgynous? As a genderless spirit? As a light? Depending on my experience, I would react in so many various ways that what I would say, or ask, or think, would be spontaneous in that very instant.

  • Zack Allen

    Why not ask Him now?

    Anyway, I've thought about this some in the past and I used to always say I'd ask, "How am I doing?" but I've since come to realize how immature that question is.

    As much as I love theologizing I don't think I need certainties in those types of questions to feel satisfied. I'd much rather keep my sense of awe and wonder in regards to most of the question I think I'd like answers to. And frankly, just because He answers me doesn't mean I'm guaranteed to understand so these might be wasted questions anyway. And I don't need answers to theodicy (as much as I like thinking about them) for similar reasons.

    So with that, I think I might ask Him why He loves us so much. I know that He loves us because He is love and it is simply who He is and what He does, but I think I'd like to know that in a deeper way. But even this seems like it would be a wasted question. Why not simply rest in the knowledge that He loves us and has our best interests at heart?

    So I think I may ask one of the following two things:

    "I want to fulfill the role you've called me to in this life beyond my own means. How can I pastor and lead your sheep better?"

    But I think I already know that answer to the question…

    I would ask, "Will you show me your glory?"

  • Seán

    "What day is it today?"

    • Zack Allen

      Awesome.

  • Loyd N Dunaway

    Humm, is this going to be like before? Will there be anything new and interesting?
    (two questions, I know; but, just had to express myself this way.)

  • Luke Thomas

    Why do you love me in my dreadful sinful state that is not worthy of you?

    What joy could I possibly bring you?

  • kimberly quinn

    You know a thought comes to me in reading these posts..why are you all so afraid to ask God the hard questions? I have seen several of you saying it's presumptious of us to even ask or compairing it to Job's questioning. Is your God so weak that He can't handle honest questions from honestly confussed but still seeking people? Check out the Psalms and some of David's rants to God, yet he is described as a man after God's own heart. I believe God can handle our human emotions, the good, the bad, the angry or sad. After all He knows us through and through, He is all knowing, and He hasn't wiped us out yet. I don't know that even if we had the answers it would help, but I think we grow in our faith by asking, seeking and knocking. I know when I got honest with God, when I pour out my heart to Him, it is freeing and I experience a connection with Him that is beyond what I could have imagined.

    • http://zeteokaiheurisko.wordpress.com Josh

      I hear ya Kimberly!

    • http://ballymennoniteblogger.blogspot.com/ Robert Martin

      For me, it's not a matter of asking presumptious questions… I do it frequently… but if it's a matter of a question that I will actually get a semi-clear answer…Questions of "Why did you do this?" or "Why didn't you do that?", while God wants us to cry out to him, the answers to those will still be the answers to Job which we already have… So… my questions "Can I come home now?" I'm actually expecting "no" but usually God gives a "no" with qualifiers…

  • http://criticalbelief.com/ Marc

    How can you just let evil continue?

  • http://ephphatha-poetry.blogspot.com/ Brian

    Do you believe in God?

  • Barry Anglin

    Kimberly – Maybe I should clarify my earlier comment. When I asked why do Christians ask such presumptuous questions, I meant questions that start with preposterously presumptuous premises. Questions based on premises regarding the existence of Lucifer, or Hell, or even Kurts initial question which included the premise of "meeting God in the new creation."

    • http://zeteokaiheurisko.wordpress.com Josh

      Doesn't "theology" ask these "presumptuous questions"? Do you happen to be "anti-theological"?

      In 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul writes:
      “Who has known the mind of the Lord
      so as to instruct him?” (from Isaiah 40:13 – read that passage in context!)

      Paul answers boldly!
      "But we have the mind of Christ."

      I am not saying that we will know ALL things, but God has given us His Word and Spirit in order to know Him, the kind of world He created, and how we should live… Asking questioning and seeking Him (in both Spirit and truth – experience and revealed Word) is one of the most important calls of a Christians life. I cringe at "anti-intellectual" spirituality, what Roger Olson calls "folk" religion or Christianity (as opposed to a mature "reflective Christianity"). Let's ask these question together, seek Him together, and find the answers in the depths of His love and truth as we journey together.

      • http://zeteokaiheurisko.wordpress.com Josh

        As Kimberly mentioned: Is "God so weak that He can’t handle honest questions from honestly confussed but still seeking people?"

        To quote Daniel Taylor's The Myth of Certainty:
        "Nonetheless, questioning the institution is synonymous, for many, with attacking God – something not long to be tolerated. Supposedly they are protecting God, an almost humorous notion if its consequences were not so hurtful. Apparently God is fragile, His feelings easily hurt, sort of like Mr. Snuffleupagus on "Sesame Street" who feels sad and frustrated when people don't believe he exists. Actually, [those in places of power] are protecting themselves, their view of the world, and their sense of security. The religious institution has given them meaning, a sense of purpose, and, in some cases, careers. Anyone perceived as a threat to these things is a threat indeed.
        The threat is often met, or suppressed before it even arises, with power…"

        I'm not saying your trying to "protect God" Barry, I'm just offering this quote in order to get a wider picture of what often happens when people question within the Christian community.

  • ken d janzen

    Why do we keep trying put you in a box that you never fit into? …and thx for your humor, by the way.

  • http://www.ecksermonator.com/ Jason Hess

    Why do you allow the deterioration of the mind?

  • http://thoughtloose.blogspot.com Maria Kirby

    Do you love me?

    The Bible tells me so, nature sometimes tells me so, he gives people who say that for him, but I would just love to hear him tell me so in a very personal way. And I want him to tell me that he does over and over again. I don't think I could ever get tired of hearing his affirmation.

  • http://nailtothedoor.blogspot.com Dan Martin

    I guess for me the question is "Where've you been? Why does noplace look at all like what I read in Acts?"

    • http://zeteokaiheurisko.wordpress.com Josh

      I believe the Spirit is reviving us from our religion. Around the world organic, redemptive communities are rising up and leaving behind the old ways of being "Christian", of being the "church". For too long we've lived our Western "Churchianity" in the shadow of secular Rome (lifestyles of consumerism, capitalism, and greed) and religious Rome (an unholy mixture of Roman pagan religion and castrated, non-communal "Christianity) rather than following the community of disciples living life of God together (i.e. a life of inclusive, self-giving love).

      A community of love that is committed to Christ-like discipleship, spiritual fathering and mothering, is the central pillar of what separates Christianity from both the corrupted secular world and the trap of dead religion. The organic, house church movement and even much of the emergent, (post-)post-modern emergent church is capturing the heart of the NT, the heart of the Spirit's revelation of the Body of Christ's nature, and the ultimately the heart of God (His ultimate desire to create a community, a greater family of love – enlarging the love and life of the Trinity).

  • Kurt

    I would ask God: Where am I wrong?


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