Kids are amazing. They question everything. Why is the sky blue? Where does Grandma live? Who is that person? What does that machine do? When are we going to eat? Frequently there questions catch adults off guard. There are also times adults are not quite sure how to answer without risking being bombarded with a whole new set of who, what, why, where, when and how. So, why are questions so important?
Learning results from the questions we ask. We learn to discern the difference between truth and lies. It is asking the right questions that will help us develop and practice new skills. It is also the way many of us decide who or what we will trust. Jesus would often ask questions. So, why question?
“My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.” 1 John 4:1 MSG
“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 NLT
““Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” Matthew 7:15-20 NLT
If it’s worth listening to, it’s worth questioning until you understand it. Seth Godin
The word ‘why’ not only taught me to ask, but also to think. And thinking has never hurt anyone. On the contrary, it does us all a world of good. Anne Frank