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Questions young people ask christians

These are some sample questions that young people ask panels. How would you answer them? 

Why not discuss a couple a week with your team or with your young people, to encourage them in answering questions people have about Jesus, the Bible and Christian living? 

 

It’s fair to say young people will still surprise us, but you can get better at answering question panels by prayerfully thinking through some of these questions which have been asked over recent years on youth question panels. Some of them will be familiar; others will force you to think really seriously.

 

Old Testament

  • If God created the Garden of Eden, then why would he create a forbidden fruit, which would send humanity down the path of sin?

  • Why did God even give Adam and Eve the temptation of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

  • If God is all-knowing then why does he allow the fall of man?

  • How did Adam and Eve birth the whole population without forcing their children into incest?

  • How binding are the 10 commandments? Does someone have to follow all of them to the letter or is it more of a choice?

  • Is the Design Argument valid?

New Testament

  • How is Mary a virgin but still has a child?

 

God the Father

  • Where do you think God came from?

  • Does God look like someone specific?

  • Is God male or female?

  • How do you know God’s real?

  • If God created everyone in his image, why do criminals exist?

  • What is the Trinity?

  • Does God exist in non-Christians?

  • Why do people call God by he/him?

  • Is God a man, woman or both, or none of the above?

  • How can we prove God’s existence?

  • What does God's voice sound like when you hear it?

Jesus

  • Did Jesus have siblings?

  • Did Jesus die a virgin?

  • Was Jesus ever married or in a relationship?

  • Why is Jesus white when he lives in the Middle East?

  • Is Jesus black?

  • Is Jesus of any race?

  • Who is Jesus?

  • What’s Jesus’ last name?

  • What is the most important aspect of Jesus?

  • Is Jesus Jewish?

  • Is God or Joseph Jesus’ biological father?

  • Will Jesus return?

 

The Bible

  • How long does it take to read the Bible?

  • How thick is the Bible?

  • Will you make a more modern Bible?

  • Do you think another Bible will be created?

  • What is the most interesting teaching or story in the Bible that not many people know about?

  • If God is supposed to be all loving, why does the Bible contain so much inequality (e.g. sexism)

  • The Bible gives good messages, how do you feel about its contradictions?

  • What are your thoughts on liberal churches/Christians who don’t think the Bible is literal - perhaps it’s metaphorical or needs updating?

  • How can you take guidance/inspiration from a book that condones sexism, homophobia and racism?

  • What is the most powerful teaching from the Bible (in your opinion)?

  • Who is your favourite writer of the Bible e.g. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John?

 

The Church

  • What is the most sacred thing you do in church?

  • Are you a Christian if you don’t go to church?

  • Are you a Christian if you pray but don’t go to church?

  • How often do you go to church?

  • How are your bathroom facilities (1-10)?

  • Why is there a box around the drums?

  • Do you need to be Christian to go to church?

  • How many churches are there in the world?

  • What political ideology is the church? (Ed’s note: or maybe the Church?!)

  • What is the biggest event held at the church?

  • What is the most important Christian celebration to you?

 

The Church Year

  • Is Christmas the most important time in Christianity?

  • What is your favourite holiday? [Ed's note: Maybe they meant holy day?]

 

The Christian faith

  • How long ago did the faith start from?

  • If you believe in God and have christened, yet you don’t go to church or study the Bible, is there a relationship between you and God?

  • What is the most important thing about Christianity (in your opinion)?

Our Christian Life

  • When did you first find God?

  • What gives you faith? And how is it unique to you?

  • How did you become a Christian (e.g. from birth, your decision)?

  • What is it like to be a Christian?

  • How do you pray and when do you pray?

  • Do you have to have a religion?

  • How old do you have to be a Christian?

  • Is there anything that you can’t eat?

  • Do you ever wonder if it’s real? Do you ever question whether it’s true or not?

  • When did you become Christian?

  • What made you believe in Christianity?

  • Have you ever sinned?

  • How long have you been at this church?

  • Do you get punished for swearing?

  • Have you all been brought up Christian? If yes, then couldn’t it be said to be brainwashing, rather than your own choice?

  • Have you ever had second thoughts about being a Christian?

  • Would you force your child into Christianity?

  • When did you become Christian? Was it your choice, or were you born into it?

  • What age were you when you decided to become a Christian?

  • Why are you Christian?

  • What type of Christian are you?

  • When God does not answer your prayers, does it make you question God’s love for people?

  • Where do you pray most often?

  • Do you ever get bored or lose hope?

  • Has being a Christian influenced your career choices?

  • Have you been Christians your whole lives?

  • What is your main aim in life e.g. to please God, to follow Jesus, and how do you display it?

  • Have you ever had a religious experience to confirm your faith?

  • What miracles have you experienced?

  • What’s your least favourite part of Christianity?

  • How do you find the time to practise your faith?

  • Do you feel like you have any restrictions in life?

  • Would you say being a Christian has improved your lifestyle?

  • What does being a Christian mean to you?

  • If you could relive any day of your life, what day would you choose and why?

  • What is most important thing about being a Christian?

  • What do you believe is the most important aspect of Christianity (and religion in general)? Community? God? Something else?

  • Do you think it’s important for everyone to be a Christian?

  • What made you join this church?

 

Eternity

  • What happens when we die? Is heaven and hell real?

  • Is it hard to get into heaven?

  • What do you believe about salvation and life after death?

  • Does heaven change with time?

Issues

  • How do you feel about different communities such as race, religion and sexuality?

  • What’s your opinion on the death penalty?

  • What, in your opinion, is the worst sin?

  • What is the church’s view on animal testing? 

Science and Faith

  • Do you disagree with scientists about the theory of the Big Bang?

  • Do you believe in evolution?

  • How would you oppose the idea of evolution?

  • Do you believe in the creation story literally?

  • What’s your view on evolution?

  • Do Christians believe in the Big Bang (the theory)?

  • Is science part of your belief?

  • Do you think genetic modification is right or should life be left to run its course, no matter how short or uncomfortable that life is?

LGBTQIA+

  • What do you believe God’s view on homosexuality is?

  • Do you support transgender people?

  • Is LGBTQ a sin?

  • Is homosexuality a sin?

  • Is Christianity homophobic?

  • Do you like gays?

  • What are your views on the LGBT+?

  • What does the Bible say about gay people? 

  • What are your views on homosexuality?

  • Why don’t Christians accept gay marriage?

  • What is your opinion on homosexuality?

  • What’s your opinion on gay marriage?

  • Is homosexuality allowed in the church?

  • What is the church’s opinion on transgender people?

Suffering

  • Why does God let bad things happen?

  • How does God allow natural evil to exist, for example… hurricanes, tsunamis that hurt people?

 

Other religions

  • What is your opinion on Mormons/Jehovah’s Witnesses?

  • Do you teach any other religions here? E.g. Judaism, Hinduism

  • Where do other religions go after death, even if they are good people but not believe in God?

  • What do Christians think about other religions contradicting Christianity?

Other

  • Is Christmas the most important time in Christianity?

  • How involved are Christians in politics?

  • Why is giving birth when unmarried bad?

  • What do you think of autistic people?

  • Do you believe that mental illness is a punishment from the devil?

  • What are your opinions on the morality of euthanasia? And what is church teaching on this matter?

  • Do you think pilgrimage helps faith and why?

  • What is the point of life?

  • What is the meaning of life? (in your opinion)

  • If Satan punishes sinners, then why is he portrayed so negatively in Christianity?

  • Why are there only white angels and no black angels?

  • Are sins always forgiveable?

  • What does the fox say?

  • What do you think of the Catholic Church?

  • Do you think certain types of mission are more important or effective than others?

  • Do you feel you have to do mission to be a good Christian?

  • Do you believe that sex before marriage is o.k?

  • Are men and women equal?

  • If somebody who had sinned all their life prayed for forgiveness on their deathbed, would they go to heaven?

  • What’s your opinion on The Simpsons making fun of Christians?

  • If you could go back in time, would you:

    • Stop Hitler, or

    • Meet Jesus?

  • Does pineapple belong on pizza?

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