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Is it OK to ask Almighty God Questions?

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  1. Alan McDougall

    Alan McDougall New Member

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    Is it OK to ask Almighty God Questions?
     
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    epostle1 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's good to ask God questions, and people too.
     
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    lforrest Well-Known Member Staff Member Admin

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    Definitely. God is limitless in his capacity to deal with our questions. He knows the hairs on our head after all. Matthew 10:30
     
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    DPMartin Well-Known Member

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    yes, if you are born of the Holy Spirit surly it is as legitimate as a son asking his father anything about anything. nothing would shock Him, remember, He has made and designed all life and parts of life, and expects a relationship with His children. just show proper fear and honor within your heart and soul, and then you shall come to know.

    Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
     
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    I think it is a good thing as long as we have the right motive and objective.
    That is not to change God's mind but to adjust our thinking.
    I think if we have the right approach then we are also able to receive the reply.
     
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    Guestman Active Member

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    Many among God's loyal ones have asked him questions. In about the year 1919 B.C.E., when an ancient man named Abraham (at 99 years old) was told about the possible destruction of Sodom (where his nephew Lot was living) and Gomorrah by angels (Gen 18:20, 21), he asked questions concerning the city of Sodom and its surrounding area: "Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked ? Suppose there are 50 righteous men within the city. Will you, then, sweep them away and not pardon the place for the sake of the 50 righteous who are inside it ?.......Will the Judge of all the earth not do what is right ?"(Gen 18:23-25)

    Abraham asked even further questions concerning Sodom and Gomorrah, dwindling the number of "righteous men" down to 10 and pushing God's patience, and in which the angel, who spoke for God, answered: "I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten".(Gen 18:32) Or the prophet Habakkuk of the 7th century B.C.E. who asked: "How long, O Jehovah, must I cry for help, but you do not hear ? How long must I ask for help from violence, but you do not intervene ? Why do you make me witness wrongdoing ? And why do you tolerate oppression ? Why are destruction and violence before me ? And why do quarreling and conflict abound ?"(Hab 1:2, 3)

    Or David of the 11th century B.C.E. wrote concerning "the wicked one arrogantly pursues the helpless one": "Why, O Jehovah, do you stand at a distance ? Why do you hide yourself in times of distress ?"(Ps 10:1, 2) Or the prophet Jeremiah of the 7th century B.C.E. who said: "You are righteous, O Jehovah, when I make my complaint to you. When I speak about matters of justice with you. But why is the way of wicked ones successful, and why are the treacherous unworried ?"(Jer 12:1, 2)

    Many have sought to ask God questions that had been "bugging" them for a long time, such as why people get deathly sick, as in the case of 7 year old Susan (who wrote her story in 2013 to the New York Times) regarding a friend named Al who was hospitalized with polio at the age of 9. After visiting him in the hospital, Susan asked her mother: "Why would God do that to a little boy ?" Her mother responded: "The priest would say God must have his reasons, but I don't know what they could be". Two years later, in 1954, when Jonas Salk's polio vaccine became available, Susan's mother suggested that perhaps God had guided his research.

    But Susan then asked: "Well, God should guided the doctors a long time ago so that Al wouldn't be be in an iron lung". Susan summed up her childhood experience by writing: "[Al] was to die only eight years later, by which time I was a committed atheist".(source October 2015 Awake ! magazine entitled "3 Questions People Would Like to Ask God", pg 3, at JW dot org)

    The article further said: "Like Susan, many people who have suffered from tragedy or have witnessed it are unable to find satisfying answers to their questions about God. Some become atheists. Others may not entirely deny God's existence, but they become skeptical". It then pursues three questions for God (1) "Why do you allow suffering ?" (2) "Why is religion full of hypocrisy ?" (3) "Why are we here ?"
     
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    of coarse
    why wouldn't you?
     
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    Yes God wants a personal realationship with you. Go to the secret place, close the door where no man can see you, and talk to your Holy Father. God wants nothing more than to have time alone with you. Someone said and men. You have need of no man. The Holy Ghost will lead you into all truth. You dont need men. I would recommend not asking men. Just look at the shambles on every forum arging fighting and dissagreeing. Stay away from mans wisdom.
     
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    Isaiah 1:18
    "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
     
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    For sure. How else can you have a relationship with Him?
     
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    ha funny you say that, because we are advised not to ask questions that proceed from "why?"
     
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    Where?
     
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    ha good question, lol. been a few years since i read that; i just did a quick search, but can't find it at the moment. i remember "why" was a keyword, i'll keep looking.
     
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    what this usually means is that i read some alt version, that doesn't search very well or something...the closest i have come so far is "don't ask why yesterday was better than today" from Proverbs, but that is not the passage i am remembering. I was kinda hoping someone would come to my rescue here lol
     
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    Do you refer to Romans 9:20?
     
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    "Why".

    Ask God tha tall teh time. He once told me to stop trying to figure Him out, so i did,
     
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    the point, as i remember it, was not that asking "Why?" is bad per se, but the frame of mind that usually accompanies the question, as in the way of an accuser who has no interest in learning from the answer, even if they do not realize it.

    Iow it can be easy to find yourself in the position of satan talking to Eve, asking "why?" so as to formulate a more compelling argument, with your agenda in mind as the ultimate objective, rather than trying to understand.
    i guess so, but i remember it being more direct than that; may have just been a different version.
     
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    "How" is a question seldom answered. It usually goes along with unbelief. "How" as in, how could you possibly do that?
     
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    i would argue that that is a question asked from the pov of "why?" also, in a sense. Meaning "challenging," perhaps, rather than seeking understanding. Seeking only a reply that might bolster whatever premise of yours is being questioned, so that you may continue in your premise, and not have to change your mind, iow.

    Of course a child might ask the same question from a completely different perspective, see; that of actually wanting to know "how" you could possibly do that, in order to learn something. But generally speaking even the syntax of your question up there suggests a "calling into question," meaning "a challenge of the correctness of your position." (for "you," nonetheless; although we changed persons in there somewhere).

    Iow i might ask how a person could possibly subsist on whale blubber and little else; nonetheless thousands of people do, every day, virtually never eating a fruit or veggie, etc. Are they somehow "wrong?"
     
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    the point, hopefully, being that it is ok even to ask "why?" if you really want to know why, or how, but when you reveal that you were only asking like a lawyer, in order to affirm your own beliefs and discount another possibly valid position, your heart is also going to be revealed there, and it is even obvious--to others, if not to you--in your rejoinder, wherein you will obfuscate or be unable to acknowledge some premise in the argument.

    And how are we to tell if the position is valid or not? By the fruit. If you told me that i could live an entire life on whale blubber, i might not believe you; but if you showed me some Eskimos who do just that, i am then led to reconsider, or further deny in some way.
     
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