Friday, June 18, 2010

Problems With Asking Questions

Alan Knox at The Assembling of the Church asks good questions about asking questions, and wonders why some people who hear your questions create false dichotomies out of them. Quoting:

When I ask if the church should meet for worship or for edification, it’s sometimes assumed that I don’t think Christians should worship. Why is that?

When I question the validity of the modern day office of pastor, people often ask me why I don’t like leaders. Why?

When I ask why we put so much emphasis on the sermon (i.e., a unidirectional monologue), I’m occasionally asked why I don’t appreciate Scripture. Are they the same?

So, I think asking questions is very good. But, when you’re asking questions, sometimes your questions are misunderstood.

Sometimes much explanation doesn't do any good either. Now, why is that?


  1. Let me know when you solve this one. Sometimes simple questions turn into a full-blown problem. Of course, at times, we DO have ulterior motives, for asking a question.

  2. I think people just read into stuff what they want to. We all do. I know I'm reading Scripture differently lately, but I'm aware that some of my new lenses may also be faulty.

    Lately someone said that I said on my blog that Obama was the Antichrist. My blog post was making the opposite point, and questioning people who make such statements.

    I guess the only way to avoid being misunderstood is to say nothing at all. But that doesn't seem worth it.