19 July 2011
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Starting with a question seems like a good idea to most people: it helps to bring a sharper focus; it’s conversational; it reveals gaps in knowledge and it’s quite natural – kids seem to use questions instinctively to find out about the world. Of course, there are lazy questions and there are thoughtful questions. The difference is hard to explain, but anyone who has ever heard, or asked a great question, asked at the right time, will immediately know why good, careful, thoughtful questions are always worth asking.
Christians have often pointed to the example of God asking Adam and Eve, ‘Where are you?’ (Genesis 3:9), and the way in which Jesus interacts with people in the New Testament.
So, perhaps starting with questions isn’t such a bad idea after all, is it? Even so, some Christians are suspicious of starting with questions.