A SAFE PLACE FOR YOUNG IRANIANS TO ASK QUESTIONS

Does the Bible contradict itself? Does God discriminate against women? Is sex outside marriage wrong? Why do bad things happen to good people? These are just some of the controversial yet common questions most people will struggle with at some point in their spiritual journey.

Can I Ask That? is a new SAT-7 PARS program that aims to address these challenging topics. SAT-7 PARS wants to assure its viewers that it’s alright to ask questions and encourages them to do so.

The concept and questions for this program are inspired by the book series of the same name. This apologetics program is divided into 13 episodes and presented by Mona Keihka – a young Iranian woman who challenges teacher and pastor Dr Sasan Tavassoli with questions that many young people have about their faith.

IT’S OK TO ASK QUESTIONS

Pastor Tavassoli, who has many years of experience in youth ministry among Iranians explains:

“Often, young, educated believers have lots of questions about God and the Bible. They have many struggles but feel that Church is not a safe place to express these questions or doubts. Many feel that they would be judged and or driven away.”

Growing up in a culture that does not portray a tolerant God, and requests faith, without doubt, is at the core of why people are discouraged from asking these fundamental questions.

“The purpose of this program is to create a safe space, especially for the young audience so that they can ask questions about their Christian faith,” says Pastor Tavassoli.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

Can I Ask That? Producer Moe Pooladfar explains that the series demonstrates the loving and accepting character of God to encourage discussions that will help people deal with their unanswered questions. By inspiring youth to be inclusive and open-minded, this program is especially relevant to people who are struggling with their faith. It is also useful to viewers who have a loved one or friend that has doubts and is searching for answers.

“We are paving the way for young people to start asking questions, in their families, in their church, their cell group. To stop letting their doubts take over but to search for the truth, because as the Word of God tells us the truth will set them free.”

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