As a child grows up, the most persistent question he or she will tend to ask is ‘why?’. As human beings we not only ask what things are but also why they are. The philosopher Aristotle said that this desire is universal, “All people by nature desire to know!”.
The question ‘why?’ can also be applied to the whole universe and to human beings. Why is the universe here? Why are we here? What is the goal of human life? Men and women throughout history have attempted to answer these questions. When these questions are closed to the human person life is impoverished and rendered incapable of discovering its goal.
It is good for all people to ask all kinds of questions about God, life and religion. Jesus shows us in the Gospels, “After three days they found him [Jesus] in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Lk 2:46-47).
Questioning is important because, as Jesus tells us, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field” (Mt 13:44). In other words, we have to work to uncover the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, a task which in practice involves questioning and thinking through the implications of what God has revealed to us in our faith.