Living the questions

A couple of months ago, I was sitting in my office working on a lesson plan when Veronica, a freshman student at my high school, abrasively stormed through the doorway.

“So, Ms. Stapleton Smith,” she began rather brashly, “I have a few questions that the guidance counsellor told me I should come to see you about.”

My eyes widened with nervous anticipation. She took a long deep breath in and said:

“Is Jesus Christ really the Son of God? How can he be the Father and the Son at the same time? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? Is Satan really the fallen angel? How did he get to be like that?

“Are we born as good people or as evil people? Would I be here if it wasn’t for Jesus? Would God forgive the Devil if the Devil asked for forgiveness? Is Jesus going to come back to earth? When?

“Why do we need churches if Jesus wasn’t a priest? Also, this whole Adam and Eve thing – explain that.”

I sat there utterly perplexed. Continue reading.

Meg Stapleton Smith is Director of Campus Ministry and a Theology teacher at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in Theology. 

Source: Daily Theology

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