When Jesus was asked a question, He often gave an answer that only led to more questions. He would take it to the next level with by answering a question that wasn’t really asked. When we stop and listen, we’ll catch ourselves asking, “Jesus said WHAT?”
- What is God’s? EVERYTHING
- What does it mean to be in the IMAGE OF GOD?
- How do we WORSHIP God, here and now?
It is only the infinite mercy and love of God that has prevented us from tearing ourselves to pieces and destroying His entire creation long ago. People seem to think that it is in some way a proof that no merciful God exists, if we have so many wars. On the contrary, consider how in spite of centuries of sin and greed and lust and cruelty and hatred and avarice and oppression and injustice, spawned and bred by the free wills of men, the human race can still recover, each time, and can still produce men and women who overcome evil with good, hatred with love, greed with charity, lust and cruelty with sanctity.
Jesus asks questions, good questions, unnerving questions, re-aligning questions, transforming questions. He leads us into liminal, and therefore transformative space, much more than taking us into any moral high ground of immediate certitude or ego superiority. He subverts up front the cultural or theological assumptions that we are eventually going to have to face anyway. He leaves us betwixt and between, where God and grace can get at us, and where we are not at all in control. … Maybe this is why we have paid so little attention to Jesus questions and emphasized instead his seeming answers. They give us more a feeling of success and closure. We made of Jesus a systematic theologian, who walked around teaching dogmas, instead of a moving and engaging transformer of the soul. Easy answers instead of hard questions allow us to try to change others instead of allowing God to change us.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
- If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? (Matthew 5:46)
- If you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? (Matthew 5:47)
- Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
- Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4)
- Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matthew 15:3)
- Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? (Mark 4:40)
- Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
- Who do you say I am? (Matthew 16:15)
- Do you love me? (John 21:17)