Throughout the Bible there have been questions asked by God and Jesus , not because they do not know the answers, but in order to bring people back to a closer place. Questions like “Where Are You,” asked in the Garden of Eden, wasn’t asked because the God didn’t know the whereabouts of Adam and Eve (he created the universe and everything in it, so he definitely knew where they were), but to get their attention .
In her book The Inquisitive Christ ( Faith Words, 2020), Carla L.T. Murphy looks at the questions that Jesus asked throughout the Bible, which are meant to bring awareness to create a point of decision making in the Christian’s life of getting truly intimate with Christ.
The opening of the book tells how the author and her family packed up their belongings and moved to Ireland , where throughout the book she references situations while comparing them to the Biblical references such as learning the reasons behind sheep shearing among other things. Several chapters start off with some lifestyle rituals and scenery commentary about life in Ireland, which gives a wonderful setting to the writing. Murphy also discusses how Socrates was known for asking questions and was considered one of the greatest thinkers of all time because he pondered reasons using his mind.
Some of the questions discussed in the text begin with the Garden of Eden, where the serpent temps Eve by asking “Did God say not to eat from the tree?” , to God asking “Where are you,” and “Who Told you you were naked?”, using the points that questions always lead somewhere, either to doubt and mistrust , or to the source of truth. Other questions tackled are Jesus’s quotes “Do You Want To Be Healed,” “What Do You Want Me To Do For You,” and “Why Are You Trying To Kill Me.” Murphy uses these quotes to examine not only the reasons for asking these questions, but how they affect the Christian relationship in preventing a closeness with God, answering some of the ideas with solutions like God never sleeps on his followers although they sleep on him, how Christians want a guarantee in following God, and how human pride affects the relationship.
The concept of the book is wonderfully thought of, and at times, too much thought is put into it. Murphy is an instructor at Liberty University’s School of Divinity, and her writing shows that she is very intelligent in her topic. Several times throughout the book some of the points being made were over this reader’s head that made me wonder what I just read. This is not a bad thing, but for one who prefers simple down to earth ideas, some of this was too much for my liking. I enjoyed the writing of the Celtic lifestyles she throws into the chapters, and would gladly read a book about more of her Ireland living with her family, and her references to the Lord of The Rings and the Narnia books are well placed. This book is not geared for beginning Christians, although some of the points are well made, as someone who grew up in the church since an early age, again, some of the writing was over my head, with very descriptive details and wordiness.
For those that would like to dive into an intense study of several questions in the Bible , similar to signing up for a Philosophy course, the topic will appease to those, however for some that are not ready for a intense mind dwelling read, this book may be too much at times for newer Christians.
The Inquisitive Christ by Carla L.T. Murphy (Faith Words, 2020) ISBN: 978-1-5460-3837-5 (hardcover) 978-1-5460-3838-2 (ebook) can be ordered at: http://www.faithwords.com .
Geared Towards: Mature Christians
For Fans Of: Philosophy, Christian Living, Christian Studies, Biblical Studies