How to Handle Dumb Questions
Sometimes people ask distracting questions about God in order to avoid facing truth.
The Sadducees and Pharisees regularly attempted to distract Jesus from His message and His ministry. For example, in Matthew 22, They asked Jesus a random hypothetical question: “If a woman marries seven times and each husband dies; then who will be her husband in eternity?”
Jesus didn’t let the question cause a detour. In fact He responded by saying:
“You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 NIV)
As believers we often face hypothetical questions. Instead of allowing the hypotheticals to hijack the conversation, it is better to stay focused on the truth and reality of the moment.
Not every question CAN be answered. In fact, not every question SHOULD be answered.
But remember, there is a difference between a skeptical question and a sincere question. The same question can be asked from different perspectives. Sincere questions should always be entertained; but you need not feel obligated to dance around a conversation with a sceptic.
Give me wisdom to answer sincere questions.
Give me wisdom to deflect skeptical questions.
And help me to discern the difference.