Growing up in the church filled me with questions and often times confusion. When I went through confirmation at Burton Congregational Church, I spent the meetings with my pastor by pelting him with question after question. Unfortunately for those around me, I have always been this way. I want to know everything, and if something doesn’t make sense to me then I will think and read and think some more until it does.
A couple years later, I was in a new church and a new youth group and I still had a million questions. I met with my youth group leaders one time to try and get some answers. My doubts were at an all-time high. This was due in large part to the people I had surrounded myself with in High School. One of my best friends at the time was a very vocal atheist, who constantly told me that my religion didn’t make any sense — great friend, right?
At first, it didn’t bother me. I had questions but I had always been told that you just have to have faith. That we can’t understand God, at least not completely, and so you just have to believe in Him and his word. Well over time it got harder and harder to ignore my doubts, and this is what led up to my meeting with the youth group leaders.
I had dozens of things to ask, but in the moment the only thing I could think of to ask was something I had heard my friend complain about. It dealt this verse:
“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”