Almost all Christian beliefs and traditions come from the Bible — but where did that come from? The cultural traditions of the Bible are radically different than today’s social norms, so how do you use scripture to address current issues such as gender roles, gay marriage, abortion, immigration reform, and gun control? We use the generic term 'God' all the time, but have we stopped to ask ourselves who we believe God really is?
What are God's powers, characteristics, and attributes? A million different people have a million different definitions of God — what's yours? Many Christians feel secure in their faith until something bad happens; then this question becomes painfully relevant. Eventually, all believers must tackle the paradox of how an all-powerful and all-loving God allows extraordinary amounts of pain, hurt, and evil to exist.
9) How can you believe in something that can't be scientifically proven?
The discussion of free will usually devolves into a Calvinism vs. Open Theism discussion — all of which talk about how faith relates to choice, intellect, and controlling our destiny.
This question strikes at the heart of how our actions, communication, and relationship with God is structured.
Should the relationship evolve, there will be plenty of time to get into weighty topics. When a person reveals too much too soon, it can give a false sense of intimacy.
In reality, premature or exaggerated revelations are due more to boundary issues, unresolved pain, or self-centeredness than true intimacy. Maybe your first date questions will lead you to discover that this person is your soul mate—or maybe not.
These are some seriously good, hard-hitting questions that should be asked of guys who are trying to seriously date a lady.
So, ladies, pay attention to the type of questions you should be considering of your future mate (whether you ask them – or whether your father asks them on your behalf – which would likely be even better…). Guys, you should also take this test and see if you can answer these questions… Do note, ladies, that these should probably be asked after a couple has had time to get to know each other a little and not on a first-date scenario.
7) Why is God so morbidly violent in the Old Testament?
Christians are great at promoting the loving Jesus of the New Testament, but very few can convincingly explain the horrific portrayal of God in the Old Testament — how do you explain it? Believers eventually encounter the age-old question that continues to be debated today: Do I choose God or does God choose me?
In each of these sections one item could be added that I have not listed, namely, How do you handle and live with differences?
How do you decide what can remain differences without jeopardizing the relationship?
During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Do you choose your own salvation or is it predestined? The idea of salvation is extremely complex, and our concept of it directly influences how we live, evangelize, and interact with the people around us. Is your faith the result of a cultural or family tradition — something you were raised with — or because you know it makes your girlfriend happy, or because your seminary scholarship depends on it, or because you live in a religious society where it's advantageous to be a "Christian? Is following Jesus your decision, or are you vicariously living out Christianity because of an allegiance to someone — or something — else? This question fleshes out the simplistic "The Bible is from God" answer.