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Dismiss or discuss?
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
January 8, 2022

As a teenager who read the Bible cover to cover, I had lots of questions about God. What does that mean? But how could a loving God do that? My unanswered questions filled a notebook; until one day, I brought that notebook to my pastor. 

In that moment, he had to make a very important decision. It’s a decision that you’ll have to make someday as a friend, as a parent, and/or as a Christian leader. The decision is—Do you dismiss it? Or do you discuss it? Do you tell the person to stop asking so many questions and “just believe”? Or do you take the necessary time to discuss the tougher objections to the Bible? 

Thankfully, my pastor chose the path of the apostle Paul: “So [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there” (Acts 17:17). Paul reasoned with people. He explained the evidence. He listed all the points that pointed him to Jesus. 

I hope you can do the same. Yes, there are many questions that can’t be answered in this life. But the Bible is filled with good reasons to believe that God exists and that Jesus, our Savior, is risen from the dead. So don’t dismiss tough questions. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and discuss them. A skeptical soul will one day thank you for your time.

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