Category: Hard Questions

10. How can we understand the Trinity?

Belief in the Trinity has often been a stumbling block in interfaith dialogue between those in the Abrahamic faith traditions (Jews, Muslims and Christians).  Many Muslims and Jews either misunderstand what the Trinity is trying to affirm or are confused … Continue reading

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9. Is it unfaithful or unbelieving to want a way to end life when the quality of life is gone, ie: alzheimers, etc.?

I hesitate to respond to this question given how sensitive any response must be to avoid misunderstanding.  Certainly this question must be responded to on a case by case basis.  It would be irresponsible to say it is always appropriate, … Continue reading

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8. Will I see my loved ones in heaven? How will we look?

 It is natural for those who have lost a loved one to wonder about the afterlife or heaven.  Do we truly go to a place called heaven?  Where is it?  Does one have to believe the right things to get … Continue reading

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7. What is grace? What is sin?

I find it easier to respond to specific theological questions like the ones in previous articles.  When it comes to defining specific theological words I end up turning to people like Frederick Buechner, an ordained Presbyterian pastor, writer, and one … Continue reading

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6. How do we know and live out God’s will?

On one level there is an easy response to this question.  We can live out God’s will by following the way of Jesus.  Jesus showed us what a life of compassion looked like.  He showed us that caring for human … Continue reading

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5. If God is not an “interventionist God” how do I pray?

Many “Progressive Christians” are finding it more and more difficult to believe in a God that intervenes in the world and human affairs.  By intervening I mean a God who chooses to act to change circumstances, manipulating events for a … Continue reading

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Will non-believers be saved? Should we pray to bring them into the fold?

This question raises some important issues about what it means to be a Christian.  If we are Christians because we want to get into heaven and think those who are not Christian cannot get into heaven unless they confess that … Continue reading

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When does financial comfort become unchristian?

This is an excellent question, especially in these days of the Occupy movements around the country.  We hear the complaint that 1% of the population has more than their fair share of the country’s wealth and the rest of the … Continue reading

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What part of the Bible is literal and what part is story-telling?

What part of the Bible is literal and what part is story-telling (virgin birth, heaven, etc.)? This question gets at the nature of truth. Is truth all about facts, about literal history, or is truth bigger than facts? Can truth really … Continue reading

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If God is all forgiving why did Christ have to die for our sin?

If God is all forgiving why did Christ have to die for our sin? This question gets at the meaning of the cross and how it relates to forgiveness. One of the more traditional approaches interpreting the cross is called … Continue reading

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