Reasons to Believe

50 Questions on Christian Teenagers’ Minds

Adapted from ChristianMomThoughts.com

This list is featured in the video, “RTB Live 17: Teach Us to Number Our Days.” These are questions that are on the minds of many Christian teenagers and should be discussed with parents and leaders as a normal part of the spiritual formation.

Questions about God

  1. What key arguments are there for (and against) God’s existence?
  2. Why would a good God allow evil and suffering?
  3. Why would God command the death of so many people in the Bible (e.g., the Canaanites)?
  4. How can a loving God send people to hell?
  5. Why does the “Old Testament God” seem different than the “New Testament God”?
  6. Why would God need people to worship Him? Isn’t that egotistical and arrogant?

Questions about Truth

  1. What is the difference between objective and subjective truth?
  2. What is the danger of using “common sense” in evaluating truth claims?
  3. Isn’t hell an unreasonable punishment for not believing in Jesus?
  4. How can Christians think their personal religious experiences with God are any more “true” than those of other religions?
  5. Do all religions ultimately point to the same God?
  6. Why would God need people to worship Him? Isn’t that egotistical and arrogant?

Questions about Jesus

  1. What extrabiblical evidence is there that Jesus existed (as a historical person)?
  2. What major Old Testament prophecies did Jesus fulfill?
  3. Was Jesus wrong about the timing of His second coming? Why or why not?
  4. What are the key biblical passages that show Jesus claimed to be God?
  5. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins to be forgiven? Couldn’t God have just pardoned sins without a gruesome death involved?
  6. What is the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection?
  7. What are the main theories nonbelievers have about the resurrection?
  8. Why does it matter whether or not Jesus was literally resurrected from the dead?
  9. Did Jesus claim to be God?
  10. What do other religions believe about Jesus?
  11. Why does the virgin birth matter?

Questions about the Bible

  1. Who selected what books to include in the Bible?
  2. How were the books of the Bible selected?
  3. Why were some “books” we know about today (e.g., the Gospel of Thomas) left out of the Bible?
  4. How can we know that the Bible we have today is a reliable record of the original writings?
  5. What major “contradictions” exist in the Bible (and what are the explanations)?
  6. Does the Bible support slavery?
  7. Does the Bible support rape?
  8. Does the Bible support human sacrifice?
  9. What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
  10. How do Christians determine which parts of the Bible are prescriptive and which are descriptive?

Questions about Science and Christianity

  1. What are the major Christian views of science and the Bible?
  2. What are key pieces of scriptural support for the different interpretations of the creation days?
  3. What areas of science have implications for the age of the earth?
  4. What method do scientists use to estimate the age of the earth, and what is their consensus on the estimate?
  5. What does it mean that the universe appears to be “finely tuned”?
  6. What is evolution (from a scientific perspective)?

Questions about Science and Christianity

  1. What are the key pieces of evidence for evolution?
  2. What are the key questions evolution has not answered?
  3. Why do evolutionists reject the theory of intelligent design?
  4. Who were the hominids (Neanderthals, Lucy, etc.)?
  5. Were Adam and Eve literal, historical people?
  6. How can Christians believe miracles are possible, given what we know about science?

Other Common Questions

  1. What does it mean (biblically) to have faith and how is that different than the popular definition of faith?
  2. If Christianity is true, why are there so many Christians whose lives look no different than those of nonbelievers? Aren’t many Christians hypocrites?
  3. Why are there so many denominations and does their existence invalidate the truth of Christianity?
  4. Is Christianity “responsible” for millions of deaths throughout history?
  5. What happens to people who have never heard the Gospel?

Subjects: Worldviews, Youth

Adapted from: Christian Mom Thoughts.