Read Luke – Chapter 20
The religious leaders had their hearts set on destroying Jesus, asking him questions in order to trap him with his words. Yet Jesus saw through their questions to the real issues and was able to avoid their snares, while at the same time teaching truths about God’s Kingdom.
Perhaps you’ve had people ask you tough questions about God. Maybe they asked why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Or, how can a loving God send anyone to hell? Or, isn’t it arrogant to claim your religion is the only right one? As followers of Jesus who want to think and act like he does, we need study his answers and see how we might follow his example in how we answer.
When people ask you tough questions, whether they are genuinely curious or skeptics trying to trap you, pray for wisdom and discernment as you answer the best you can. Don’t be afraid: the Holy Spirit is right there with you, helping you to say what they need to hear.
Look beyond the surface to the motivation behind the question. Maybe they’ve experienced a deep hurt or fear based on their experiences. You might get the opportunity to help them connect with God because you listened and cared.
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