I’ve found that, many times, the best thing we can do in a situation is to ask a single, good question. It can get everyone around us thinking. Not all questions need to be answered because, sometimes, the purpose of a good question is to just get us started in processing a new idea.
Questions also help us to arrive at truth. One thing I always tell people isTETE: Test Everything and Test Everybody. If we would test whatever people say against the Scriptures, then it would be very, very easy to spot a false teacher. Another thing I say is QEQE: Question Everything and Question Everyone. If we wouldn’t take carte blanche everything that others say as factual, but actually asked questions instead, then we would arrive at truth more quickly and not be fooled into siding with error. Just because someone says something or a reporter reports something or a crime scene video shows something doesn’t mean the information is accurate. If you will question everything and question everyone, then you can figure out what is really going on.
Now remember, the point of questioning isn’t just to ask questions. That ends up being a waste of valuable time. We need to ask questions to find answers. God has given us the privilege of discovering the answers to the ultimate questions of life, which makes our journey on earth much more exciting.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
As I was studying the topic of questions, I found some very funny questions out there as well!
Can you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
If money doesn’t grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?
Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?
Why do you have to “put your two cents in“. . . but it’s only ‘“a penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?
How come we choose from just two people for President but from fifty for Miss America?
Why is it that our children can’t read a Bible in school but they can in prison?
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but why do fat cells live forever?
How can you tell when you run out of invisible ink?
Did Adam and Eve have navels?
How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?
If a chronic liar tells you he is a chronic liar, do you believe him?
If all those psychics know the winning lottery numbers, why are they all still working?
If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?
If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
Those of you who know me, know that I love a good laugh. Humor, done correctly, is one of God’s great gifts to us. But there is a time for humor and a time for seriousness as well. As I was thinking about all of this, I wondered,What are the best questions that have ever been asked?
One person put together the following list of his ten greatest philosophical questions of all time:
What am I supposed to do?
How can we know anything?
How do I know what is right or wrong?
Who am I?
Why all of this stuff and not some other stuff?
Why is there something rather than nothing?
What happens next?
What is the relationship between mind and body?
What is the meaning of life?
Does God exist?
Many people are asking questions about their existence, and philosophy is not the place they want to turn to for answers. A lady named Cindy contacted the ministry one day. She told me that she had been sitting in a philosophy class at Chapman College one time, when the professor asked this question: “Why do you believe what you believe?” Cindy said this question rocked her world. It hit her like a lightning bolt. She had been raised Christian, but after being asked this question, she really began to consider what it meant to be a Christian. So she pulled out her Bible and started reading and studying, sometimes up to five hours a day. She was shocked to discover how much she didn’t know. Her search for truth prompted her and her family to look for a church that preached about Jesus, although they had a hard time finding one. She was 20 years old when she first heard that question, and now at the age of 68, she has never, ever forgotten that single, profound question! When she saw the “What If?” tract we offer, she loved all of the questions it poses.
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