How do you respond to the "trivia" or "only God knows" type questions which cannot be answered from the Bible or science (yet)? This is more of a general question, such as do you blow them off or provide a generic "Only God can truly know the answer to that, and I have faith that he does" type answer?

For example (you don't have to answer these ;) ):

  • What was there before God created the universe?
  • Can God make a rock He can't move?
  • I have to give credit to @El'endia Starman for asking the rock question and blowing my mind.
    – a_hardin
    Aug 25, 2011 at 21:07
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    What exactly are you asking here? This sounds like a question better suited for meta. Maybe you need to reword or clarify.
    – dleyva3
    Aug 26, 2011 at 0:19
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    Ask a physicist what was there before the Big Bang... ;-) Aug 26, 2011 at 10:06
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    @Steve Moser and dleyva this wasn't necessarily meant as a question of how to handle these on Christianity.se, but more general when they're asked in real life. I'll try to put in more of my thought behind them.
    – a_hardin
    Aug 26, 2011 at 13:25
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    I believe this belongs to META.C.SE.
    – user13992
    Feb 10, 2015 at 20:21

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My general response is to redirect the questioner to what their real issue is - most often, these questions are asked as a way of attacking fringe aspects of Christianity, and the real issue the questioner has is at his heart: he's not yet saved, and is scared that God's not happy with him, so to make himself feel better, he posts strawman and fringe-topic questions to make the Christian he is speaking with look like an idiot.


Most of them contain logical fallacies, like the one you mentioned "Can God make a rock He can't move?" In other hand a valid "trivia" gives an opportunity to test your faith. Personally I wouldn't like to know that there is answer to any question. This give great meaning when I talk with other people, with honest motivation, about a topic which is not very clear with result to have great discussions and exchange of different opinions and views.

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