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James Merritt grew up in a Christian home never questioning his faith.  That changed when he walked into a class being taught by an atheist professor in a Christian college.

When the professor stated he didn’t believe God existed, Merritt met with the professor with the intention of “leading him to Christ.”  During that meeting, the professor asked Merritt several questions about his faith for which Merritt didn’t have answers. That encounter “rocked” Merritt’s faith:

It shook my faith in everything. It shook my faith in the Bible. It shook my faith in the existence of God. It shook my faith in my faith. It was really a critical time in my life. Looking back on it, it was probably the biggest crisis I ever had. The first time you come face to face with a real doubt about your faith, it really rocks us, especially if you are raised in a Christian home where you aren’t taught to question anything.

In his book, God, I’ve Got a Question, Merritt discusses responses to hard questions Christians and those seeking to know whether God exists hesitate to ask or answer such as:

  • If God is good and is in control of everything, why is there so much suffering in the world?
  • Why is Jesus the only way to God, and how can I defend this?

© 2012 by Andrina G. Hanson
Published: July 4, 2012 / Last Updated: April 28, 2013


James Merritt, God, I’ve Got a Question: Biblical Truth for Our Deepest Concerns(Harvest Home Publications, 2001)


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