Monday, January 30, 2012

Chapter 6 Question

Greetings All,

I have been asked by several people about the possibility of using What If God Is Like This? as material for a small group study. To assist with that, I have decided to come up with a series of discussion questions for each chapter. That way, if you decide to use the book in a small group setting you can either come up with your own questions or use some of these that I provide. Remember one of the purposes of this book is not just to provide possible answers for questions but to generate new ones as well. This is the journey not the destination :)

Chapter 6 Questions:


1. Can anything be hard for an all powerful God?

2. If God is all powerful, why was the crucifixion needed?

3. Have you ever wondered why it was a big deal for Christ to die if he was back 3 days later? How do you feel about the possible reasoning the chapter presented?

4. Would you be willing to die for someone if you knew you would be back alive in 3 days?

5. Does the fact that Christ was crying and pleading for a different way in the Garden of Gethsemane imply that God is weak?

6. How/did this chapter cause you to look differently on the Crucifixion?

7. How does the crucifixion make Christianity different than any other religion?

8. Does the idea that the Crucifixion was hard for God change your view of Him at all?

As always feel free to ask your own questions as well.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Power of Children and How To Change the World.

A couple of years ago, I had my first encounter with the Westboro Baptist Church. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that particular church they are the group from Topeka, Kansas who go around and protest military funerals and just about everything else you can think of. They have a very strong message of hate that they spew anywhere and everywhere that they can. The content of the things they say are so bad that I won't post them here, but basically everybody is going to Hell and they want you to know it. They also have stated on their church website that they DO NOT want other people to be saved.

Anyway, a couple of years ago they came to Arizona to protest several events including a military funeral and a local high school. Due to the vulgarity of their message several hundred people showed up to counter protest the 4-5 people from Kansas, going so far as to follow them around town to their protest sites. What bothered me was that the Westboro group brought their small children to protest with them. Unfortunately the counter protesters were almost as hateful.

I began to consider what this sight must have been like from the perspective of a small child within this church. Your whole life you are taught that the world is evil and filled with evil people, then when your parents take you protesting you are confronted with a mob of people who spew hatred right back at you. At that point, I would probably start to think my parents were right. I saw a documentary on the church and at one of their protests, a group drove by in a car and threw a can out the window striking one of their small boys in the head. The people then drove away laughing and forever confirmed to that young child that the world really is filled with evil people who are going to Hell. How sad, that one act will now be remembered for a life time in the mind of that child and another generation of hatred has now been established.

Children are powerful creatures. If we want to change the world we need their help and have to understand it will take a while. What if whenever the Westboro people went out to protest there were no mobs waiting for them? What if people actually responded to their hatred with kindness? Imagine the conflicting message that would send to those children. Mommy and Daddy say everyone is evil but when we protest, everybody is so nice to us. The same can be said for our interactions with our enemies at war. I understand we have to fight at times but when we have prisoners, that is why we MUST treat them with decency. Let's face it, most of hate is bred by ignorance. And when we respond with hate we only validate and confirm the brainwashing they have experienced their entire lives. Loving our enemies will seem vain if we only have the short term in mind. In order for it to work, we need to love them for a couple generations. If we remember to have patience we really can change the world. I'm starting to think this sage that walked the Earth 2,000 years ago might have known what He was talking about.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Chapter 5 Questions

Greetings All,

I have been asked by several people about the possibility of using What If God Is Like This? as material for a small group study. To assist with that, I have decided to come up with a series of discussion questions for each chapter. That way, if you decide to use the book in a small group setting you can either come up with your own questions or use some of these that I provide. Remember one of the purposes of this book is not just to provide possible answers for questions but to generate new ones as well. This is the journey not the destination :)

Chapter 5 Questions:


1. Do you struggle with the concept of Hell as it is presented in the Bible?

2. Do you feel that the idea of a Hell has been appropriately addresses by churches over the centuries? Why or why not?

3. Do people tap dance around the topic today? Why or why not?

4. Is it possible to believe in both a loving God and a hell? Why or why not?

5. Does the belief in hell undermine genuine friendships for Christians with non-Christians?

6. Do people of any belief system treat other people differently when they believe someone is "going to hell?"

7. Is hell a misunderstood concept in the Bible? Why or why not?

8. Why do you think Hell would have to be such a tormenting place?

9. Is it arrogant for Christians to believe that everybody is going to Hell but them?

10. Can Christians be certain that they are "right" when it comes to Hell?

As always feel free to ask your own questions as well.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Why Bad Things Happen To Good People.

One of the biggest questions of all time in reference to God is how a "good" God could allow for so much evil in the world. In addition to that, why do "good" people get things like cancer, or have houses burn down, or suffer various trials? But have we ever taken the time to think of what the world would be like if the only people ever to suffer hardships were those who were evil? What would it be like if only the evil got swept away in tsunami's, or had health issues? How genuine of a world would that one be?

If we could draw clear evidence that if you are good, good things happen for you and if you are bad, bad things happen, then wouldn't everybody be "good." In a world like that you would be completely stupid not to be good. In fact, even people who were evil would still act good out of sheer common sense. In that world, people could manipulate God into granting them a better life simply by living decently, or vise versa, God would manipulate all people to live well by openly rewarding the good and punishing the bad.

But could it really be said in a world like that if anyone was really, truly "good?" Or perhaps it would simply be a selfish world, with people willing to live however they needed to in order to ensure they only encountered a positive fate.

It is only in a world where things are truly random, a world where the rain really does fall equally on the righteous and unrighteous that we have the opportunity to see the true content of a man's heart. Only then do we know who the truly good are. Those who are good just because, whether they encounter good fortune or disaster, their true character stands as an unwavering testament to who they are. It is only in a random world of lucky and unlucky that we get a chance to see who is real and who is not.

Chapter 4 Questions

Greetings All,

I have been asked by several people about the possibility of using What If God Is Like This? as material for a small group study. To assist with that, I have decided to come up with a series of discussion questions for each chapter. That way, if you decide to use the book in a small group setting you can either come up with your own questions or use some of these that I provide. Remember one of the purposes of this book is not just to provide possible answers for questions but to generate new ones as well. This is the journey not the destination :)

Chapter 4 Question:

1. How or why would our sin be a problem for God?

2. Do you believe mankind really is "lost?" Why or Why Not?

3. Do Christians view the word "lost" differently than the rest of the world?

4. Why would God be concerned with us following "the rules?"

4. Is there evidence in this world that God really pursues us? Why or Why not?

5. If God really does pursue man, then how does that affect religion?

6. Do you believe that in this life it is up to us to find God or does God find us?

7. If God really does pursue us, how or does, He communicate with us?

Feel free to send in your own questions to add to the list!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Does God Watch Football?

I have a co-worker who will often call me and get my thoughts whenever an athlete attributes a win or a big play to God. He would call me fairly often when Kurt Warner was playing but surprisingly, he hasn't called much about Tim Tebow.....although he has brought it up a couple times.

His biggest question always seems to be whether I think God has better things to worry about than a football game. Each time we have a chuckle over the question and will visit for a while. It has made me wonder though, just how much does God interact with our realm? Would he really change the outcome of something as simple as a football game while there are so many other more serious issues affecting our world?

What do you think? How much do you think God tinkers with fate?

My friend and I have pretty much mocked the idea of God and football for the most part.......but have you seen Tebow play this year? I have to admit, even I am starting to wonder if God has a fantasy team.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Chapter 3 Questions

Greetings All,

I have been asked by several people about the possibility of using What If God Is Like This? as material for a small group study. To assist with that, I have decided to come up with a series of discussion questions for each chapter. That way, if you decide to use the book in a small group setting you can either come up with your own questions or use some of these that I provide. Remember one of the purposes of this book is not just to provide possible answers for questions but to generate new ones as well. This is the journey not the destination :)

Chapter 3:


1. Do you think that one must have the option of not loving someone in order to be able to love them?
2. Why do you think God created the Tree of knowledge of good and evil?
3. How important is choice when it comes to love?
4. If God gave us freedom so that we would have the option of loving him back, was that "selfish" of Him?
5. Could man have loved God without the Tree of knowledge?
6. Why did God create the mosquito?


Feel free to send in your own questions to add to the list!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

What If God Is Like This? Chapter 2 Questions

Greetings All,

I have been asked by several people about the possibility of using What If God Is Like This? as material for a small group study. To assist with that, I have decided to come up with a series of discussion questions for each chapter. That way, if you decide to use the book in a small group setting you can either come up with your own questions or use some of these that I provide. Remember one of the purposes of this book is not just to provide possible answers for questions but to generate new ones as well. This is the journey not the destination :)

Chapter 2:

1. What do you think God's greatest desire for man is?

2. Is blind obedience to any cause healthy?

3. Do you agree that man must possess the ability to sin in order to be free?

4. Does being "free" to sin remove/add/have any effect on temptation?

5. Do you thing God's rules are more freedom based or obedience based?

6. In your opinion, is sin more about good and evil or about freedom and lack of freedom?

7. If you answered that sin is about freedom, then does that change your perspective at all about what activities are/are not sinful?

8. In the story of Alex, how or does God really need to "punish" someone like this?

9. Do you feel religion has ever over stepped its boundaries in defining sin? If so how?

10. Is it ever dangerous not to follow God blindly?



Feel free to send in your own questions to add to the list!

Monday, January 2, 2012

What If God Is Like This? Study Questions: Chapter 1

Greetings All,

I have been asked by several people about the possibility of using What If God Is Like This? as material for a small group study. To assist with that, I have decided to come up with a series of discussion questions for each chapter. That way, if you decide to use the book in a small group setting you can either come up with your own questions or use some of these that I provide. Remember one of the purposes of this book is not just to provide possible answers for questions but to generate new ones as well. This is the journey not the destination :)

Chapter 1

1. Are there fundamental differences between Religion and Science?

2. Is Religion threatened by Science?

3. Is Science threatened by Religion?

4. How has Science helped/hurt your faith in the past?

5. Are there certain Scientific stances that Religion can bend on?

6. Are there certain Scientific stances Religion must not bend on?

7. Is it dangerous to look at the Bible as a Scientifically sound book?

8. Is it dangerous not to look at the Bible as a Scientifically sound book?

9. Is it possible that God hides in plain sight?

10. What are the dangers of assuming we have most of the answers as to how God interacts with the Universe?

11. If what we perceive as the natural world really is supernatural, does that change anything for you?

12. Does God violate the laws of nature that He's established?

Feel free to send in your own questions to add to the list!