The purpose of any journal is to give you a place to keep a record of the work you are doing. In this case the “work” is studying the Bible. This journal is meant to be a private record of your thoughts, questions, and even arguments with God. Rest assured that it is all right to have questions about the Bible. It’s all right to have doubts and even arguments with God about what you read. By voicing these questions, doubts, and disagreements, you are more likely one day to get the answers you seek. Even Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7 If you don’t ask, seek, and knock, you’re less likely to obtain that which you seek. Most of the time what you seek is in plain sight, but that is not always true. Jesus spoke in parables sometimes to keep the insincere from treating truth lightly. Also, with the Bible a lot of time, history, and revelations have altered the cultural landscape of the Biblical world, as well as the contemporary world. You may keep this record entirely to yourself, since there are some, even those close to you, who may not understand why you would question God or the Bible, but asking questions is healthy. It’s far better to ask honest questions than it is to stuff your doubts and trust blindly. If you approach your beliefs this way, when your faith is tested, you may find that t¬¬he entire structure crumbles under the weight of unanswered questions and unvoiced doubts. Better to ask questions and voice doubts now than to wait until you are under fire by the trials of life. If you have only pat answers to the difficult issues of life, then you may be totally unprepared when something transpires in your life that is contrary to how you think life should be.