We get a lot of questions from people of all different beliefs and in all different places through our CU events on campus. To be honest many of them are put on for the purpose of questions being asked like ‘text a toastie’ and ‘text a pancake’ where people text a question about God/christianity and we deliver the toastie/pancake with an answer. And then there’s question for a cookie where we have a stand of cookies and we engage in conversation with students and explore their questions of faith. And generally the questions we get are great and we have some amazing conversations and these are the things we pray for!
Some examples of questions we had at text a toastie on Friday…
Is there a prominent duck in the bible? Does God change clothes? Why is Jesus white in paintings?
And more serious ones like: If God was human what would he look like? What are the difference between the various versions of the bible? Why do bad things happen to good people? Where was Jesus in the 3 days between his death and resurrection?
All questions that I feel I could attempt to engage with.
But nothing prepared me for last nights and tea and toast.
I think the drunkeness of the people we’re talking to must defintely bring out the more difficult questions.
But what do you answer to someone asking about setting up a pagan society? And can you spread the word about it?
And someone asking what you think on the thought that without religion there would be nowhere near as much war?
And the girl crying on you and talking to you for an hour who has been thrown out of churches because her sister is a lesbian and she loves and accepts her for that?
I don’t think I have ever left an event feeling so useless, overwhelmed and out of my depth.
Luckily it’s not about me knowing any answers…
Trying to rest in the knowledge today that God knows each of these people more than they even do and he can speak to them exactly where they’re at.