Q and A
Reading the history of Jesus' life and ministry in our Simply Christianity groups brings lots of questions to the surface!
Simply Christianity participants can ask questions during the discussion, or they can submit questions that are then distributed with answers. We thought that since someone has aksed these questions, probably there are other people also wondering the same things! So the questions that have been submitted in our two current Simply Christianity groups, are listed here, along with the answers that have been provided.
We'll add questions from subsequent sessions as we progress through Luke's gospel together, and we'll also include questions from last year's Simply Christianity groups.
Why doesn’t God just make everyone good and get rid of crime?
Yes! Don’t we all wonder this?! The short answer is that we don’t know every detail of why God works the way he does.
However, if we think about the idea of “good” for a moment. For all of us to be truly good, sin would have to be done away with, which would mean that no one is any longer in rebellion against God. Everyone would be treating God appropriately in every decision, honouring him, thanking him for the good stuff he’s given us, etc. But God doesn’t force that decision on anyone. If people don’t want to stop rebelling against God, he’s not going to force them to. If people don’t want to honour God in their decision-making, he doesn’t insist they do.
God gives people this choice, which mean we live in a world where sin and crime are a reality.
Did people actually find Noah’s ark, if so, where?
Here’s my answer from an earlier, similar question: The Bible records that as the flood receded, “the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4). There is a Mount Ararat in Turkey, where some people believe the ark still rests, but Genesis just says it was in that area somewhere, not necessarily on the mountain with that name.
While lots of different people claim to have found the ark in the last couple of hundred years, either on Mount Ararat or in other nearby countries such as Iran, there is no evidence that anyone ever has. It seems unlikely that several thousand years after it was built, there’d be much of the wooden boat left to find, anyway!
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