There Are No Stupid Questions

Krin Baer
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There Are No Stupid Questions | April 24th, 2013

There Are No Stupid Questions

Stupid QuestionsReally? Is it possible this statement has its roots in someone’s quick attempt to justify what they’ve already recognized to be a question that is less than helpful or valuable?

If we’re honest, I think we can concur that questions of this sort do exist. And in fact our thoughts and words are filled with queries devoid of any real substance and lacking in any helpful deduction.

Some examples include:

Can God create a rock too heavy for him to lift?
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Jesus recognized some questions can be fraught with misguided assumptions and faulty conclusions that distract from the ultimate truth that we are trying to discover. It is interesting to see how he fielded them.

In chapter ten of Luke’s biography of Jesus, a lawyer comes to ask Jesus a very good question, What shall I do to inherit eternal life? In typical Jesus fashion, he answers with another question about how the lawyer interprets the law. The lawyer answers correctly with the greatest commandment given to man:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.

But then in verse 29 the lawyer goes on to ask what might be considered a stupid question:

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

Amazingly, Jesus never directly answers the man’s question. Instead, he tells a provocative story that completely re-orients the lawyer’s thinking.

Like the lawyer, maybe our questions to God are misguided, selfish, and unhelpful in discovering greater truths about the identities and natures of both God and man. If this is the case, should we be surprised when we don’t receive direct answers to our questions? God isn’t going to tell us who our neighbor is when we should really be asking what we should be doing to love our neighbors as ourselves.

So today, let’s ask Him two great questions:

What does it mean to love You right now? And what can I do to love everyone I come in contact with today?

These are questions worth asking. If you ask them, you can expect answers filled with grace and truth.

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  • sanj

    If any of you readers ever get a chance to ask Krin questions about his faith you will be blessed. I saw him handle my own father with such “gentleness and respect.

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