The story is told of a religious traditionalist who was asked, “What do you believe?” He responded, “I believe what the church believes.” “Well, what does the church believe?” “The same thing that I believe,” he said. The questioner continued, “Well, what do you and the church believe?” He stated abruptly: “The same thing!”

There are many reasons that religions questions remain unanswered. Sometimes, it is because the question contains a false assumption, like: “Have you stopped beating your wife?” “Yes,” would imply that you were beating your wife and “no,” would amount to self-condemnation. This type of question should be examined instead of answered. Another reason is pride. Some folks cannot face the fact that they have no answer (Hosea 4:6); Christianity’s claim exists but the “why” is fuzzy. An honest “I don’t know” might just open the door for a “Let me find out.” The least responsible response to religious questions is the cowardice of compromise, characterized by an unwillingness to commit to any position. Political correctness is especially tolerant of anyone willing never to take a stand, except those who actually take a stand (with whom many are hyper-intolerant). However, group hugs do not address religious differences (Revelation 3:16).

We must “be ready always to give an answer” for what we believe (1 Peter 3:15).You should “know the truth, (because) the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). A great many marginal Christians are miserable to their core because they don’t own their own faith but have accepted second-hand traditions, never once questioning why they believe what they believe. A Christian is a disciple: one who knows the Master and follows Him. There is never an acceptable reason for not answering a reasonable religious question with a confident “thus saith the Lord” or an honest “I don’t know,” with the promise to search the scriptures to find the truth.