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Embracing Curiosity in Faith

  • May 9, 2024

Embracing Curiosity in Faith

One of my favorite people in the world is my 18-month-old niece, Zoe. My sister and I often take her on hikes, strapping her in as we navigate paths, climb over rocks, and brush past trees. While her vocabulary is limited, Zoe never fails to wonder about the world around her, often pointing and asking, “why?”

As a Primary College Pastor, I’m regularly approached by inquisitive children echoing Zoe’s curiosity, particularly on the topic of God. Their questions range from the whimsical, like “Where do the angels get their sparkly dresses from?” to the profound, such as “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?”

Here’s a glimpse into some of the most common questions I hear:

  • Who made God?
  • What happens when we die?
  • Why does God allow bad things to happen?
  • How do we know God/the Bible is real?
  • Dinosaurs! (anything to do with dinosaurs)
  • Did God create the devil?

Answering these questions forces us to engage with the depth of curiosity and wonder that children possess. It’s a reminder that adults, no matter their stage of faith, wrestle with similar questions. While I won’t attempt to answer these questions here (for that would take hours), I would like to acknowledge that questioning is an integral part of faith and faith growth.

I’ll be the first one to admit that at times, it can be challenging to accept the seemingly fantastical stories of the Bible with our understanding of the world. For instance, how did Jonah survive in the belly of a big fish for three days?! Doubting or questioning aspects of our faith may seem wrong, but it’s not inherently sinful. Instead, it’s an invitation to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God.

Consider the prophet Habakkuk, it doesn’t take long to read that even this mighty servant of the Lord still has questions. “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” (Habakkuk 1:2) Habakkuk is a true wrestler of faith, yet his journey demonstrates the transformative power of questioning—moving from uncertainty to profound trust in God. Just as children like my niece Zoe navigate the world with innocent curiosity, we too can approach our faith with a childlike openness, embracing questions as opportunities for growth and deeper understanding.

In our pursuit of faith, let’s not shy away from questions but instead lean into them, trusting that through exploration, we may uncover the beauty and majesty of God in ways we never imagined.

Jacqueline Newell, Primary School Pastor

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