The other day I saw this sign outside of a church:
“God doesn’t question your existence!”
Which I find very interesting for a couple of reasons.
1. I’m pretty sure if God ever questioned my existence I would cease to exist. I only exist because at every moment God is thinking of me and loving me.
2. My God doesn’t question my existence because He is an omnipotent, omniscient being…and I am not.
3. But, gosh, why is it so wrong to question the existence of a Creator? Why are our questions so often stifled? There is something engrained in us as humans to ask questions, to wonder and imagine. Kids ask why the sky is blue, which is an excellent question and I’m still unsure of the actual answer (something about…reflection and prisms?) and then when we get older we ask what the meaning of life is, what’s our purpose here, what should we do with our lives?
I feel like our society is full of such apathy that we are totally fine accepting what is broadcast as truth so we don’t have to put forth effort to discern its validity.
Let’s start with a rather silly example: awhile back there was a video on Youtube of a hawk swooping down, picking up a toddler, and then dropping it back down, unharmed. Now, in our rational minds that doesn’t seem like something that would actually happen, however, because it was on the internet, on youtube, and fairly well-made, people believed it (it turned out to be a special effects project some kid did for a class, so hopefully he got an A).
Like I said, this is a pretty harmless example, but I think it leads to a serious issue. We are no longer taught to question, and I mean really seriously question things. I feel like this is especially true in college and even more so true in certain classes (religion, sociology, philosophy, English, etc). The opinions of the teacher are often taught as fact and students are not encouraged, and often penalized for questioning.
So if we aren’t taught to question, we accept things at face value. Furthermore, what happens when what we believe is questioned? We either end up sounding unintelligent or we doubt our own beliefs.
And then we get trapped in the vicious trap that is moral relativism; whatever is true for you is true for you, but not for me. Don’t question my truths and I won’t question yours. It echoes Pilate’s question before Christ, what is truth?
But, there is objective truth and we should always be striving to find it. We should never reach a point in our lives, especially our faith lives, where we are no longer growing or improving. We should always fight the good fight and have a hunger for truth.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
“As a result of that mysterious original sin, committed at the prompting of Satan, the one who is “a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44), man is constantly tempted to turn his gaze away from the living and true God in order to direct it towards idols (cf. 1 Thes 1:9), exchanging “the truth about God for a lie” (Rom 1:25). Man’s capacity to know the truth is also darkened, and his will to submit to it is weakened. Thus, giving himself over to relativism and scepticism (cf. Jn 18:38), he goes off in search of an illusory freedom apart from truth itself.” – Blessed Pope John Paul the Great, VERITATIS SPLENDOR