Lady Nancy Astor awoke briefly and saw her family around her bed. She asked, “Am I dying or is this my birthday?” San Diego U-T, 1/23/18 If she had Jesus as Savior, it really was her birthday—another child of God entering eternal life.
Questions people ask employees in National Parks. In Yosemite: when do they let the deer out? Or, can we visit Yosemite and Yellowstone in one day? Or, when do they turn the waterfalls on? In Colorado National Monument: at what altitude do deer turn into elk? In Bryce Canyon, Utah: opening a map of the Grand Canyon, a tourist asked: where am I on this map? In Disneyland: what time is the 2 o’clock parade? On a cruise ship: do elevators only go up and down? Etc. Westways Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2018, 48-49
These aren’t as silly as questions we ask God. Such as, are you serious that only Jesus can save everyone? Or, how can one person’s sacrifice of himself offer forgiveness for everyone? Or, how can you fail to appreciate the many sincere religious leaders throughout history? Or, are you sure we must seek the Bible for our life-directions and ignore the knowledge humanity has accumulated through the centuries? Or, why can’t culture determine what’s most useful for it at any given time in history?
The questions are silly because God has already answered them and left no doubt what he meant. We’ll never stop asking such questions because we won’t learn to accept God’s priority in life; God’s presence in history; God embodied in Christ; God finalizing history in Christ’s Return from Heaven. Until we learn these truths, God will scorn, ridicule and mock any silly questions we ask. Do we really want to ask questions that make God laugh and scoff? When the only interrogatives he’ll entertain are those which deal with our ignorance and his wisdom; our inability and his capability; our need of his guidance and our despair without it; our lack of any potential and his complete empowerment?