OMEsaythatitiswrongtoquestionGod.They may feel that it is disrespectful toask why God does or does not allow certainthingstohappen.Isthatyourview?If so, you may be surprised to learn thatmany good people have questioned God.Note the following examples of questionstheyhaveaskedhim:The faithful man Job:
“Why is it that thewickedthemselves keep living, have grown old,also have become superior in wealth?”
—Job21:7.The loyal prophet Habakkuk:
“Why is it that you look on those dealing treacherously,that you keep silent when someone wicked swallows up someone more righteous than heis?”
—Habakkuk1:13. Jesus Christ:
“My God, my God, why have youforsakenme?”
—Matthew27:46.Ifyoureadthepassagessurroundingthosequotations, you will see no indication that Jehovah
God was oﬀended when askedsuch sincere questions. Really, his tolerance
Jehovah is the name of God as revealed in the Bible.
isnotsurprising.For instance,Godisnot in-sultedwhenweaskhimtosatisfybasicphys-ical needs that keep our bodies healthy. Hegladly ﬁlls those requests. (Matthew 6:11,33) Likewise, he willingly supplies informa-tionthatcankeepusmentallyandemotion-allyhealthy.(Philippians4:6,7)Infact,Jesustoldhisdisciples:“Keeponasking,anditwillbe givenyou.” (Matthew7:7) The contextof Jesus’ promise shows that he was talkingaboutreceivingnotonlymaterialthingsbutalsoanswerstoimportantquestions.If you had the opportunity, which of thefollowing questions would you like to askGod?
Whydoyouallowmetosuﬀer?Since “all Scripture is inspired of God,” you will ﬁnd the answers God gives in hisWord, the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16) Considerboth what has prompted some to ask thequestions listed above and the answers thattheBibleprovides.
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