We’ve all been there. We’ve been on the receiving end of a question we have no clue what the answer is. What makes it more difficult is when it’s a spiritual question and you are seen as the spiritual person. Many times the world wants us as Christians to answer questions that quite honestly the Bible doesn’t answer. As the Church, we have often marketed the Bible as the book that answers all of life’s questions, but I’m a Bible guy and I still have questions.
Just recently a question like this came up in my weekly discipleship group. A friend said he had trouble sharing the Gospel with others because he wasn’t sure he could answer people’s questions. For instance what do we say to people when they want to know if their dog will be in Heaven?
I mean when Jesus come’s back and restores all things will dogs be there? I believe so, but will your dog be there? I don’t know.
I looked back at him and said, “That’s when we look at them and tell them. I don’t know if your dog will be in Heaven or not. The Bible doesn’t answer that, because the Bible isn’t a book that answers all our questions but rather tells us the story of mankind’s redemption thru Jesus Christ.”
I drove home that night very intrigued by that answer because honestly it’s very freeing. Many times as believers we are scared to say “I don’t know”. But I think as believers we need to understand the purpose of the Bible and what it is really telling us. I’m not sure about you but I have felt pressure to answer all kinds of questions. But thankfully because I know what story the Bible is telling, I know what questions it answers. Anything outside that I’m free to say “I don’t know”.
Don’t get me wrong, the Bible does answer lots of questions that impact all areas of life. It tells me that no amount of good works or righteous living will make me right with God, rather it is faith/trust in Jesus righteous living and substitutionary death that will make me right with God. The Bible answers a whole list of questions. I just don’t think it tells me whether or not your dog will be in heaven.