I love getting email. Although I hate getting email forwards. I do, however, love getting email forwards from my brother-in-law John. He’s the exception to the rule. John is an email forwarder extraordinaire. He’s not like these “I’ll-forward-any-and-everything-to-any-and-everyone-in-my-address-book” email forwarders. He takes his time and is very selective. I appreciate that. When I get an email forward from John I’m guaranteed that it will be good. He recently forwarded me just such an email that contained…
…a list of interesting and amusing questions that someone came up with. (Now, along with such activities as watching paint dry and watching NASCAR, this, I think, falls into the category of “People With Too Much Time On Their Hands.”)
1. How is it that we put a man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
2. How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
3. Why do you ‘put your two cents in’ but it’s a ‘penny for your thoughts’?
4. Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?
5. Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
6. If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there even a song about him?
7. If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?
8. Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
(And my personal favorite…)
9. If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME stuff, why didn’t he just buy dinner as well?
That list of questions might not help you discover the meaning of life (or the meaning of anything) but they’re interesting nonetheless.
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask a question remains a fool for forever.” If you think about it, we actually spend a lot of our time dealing with questions. Every quiz/test you took in school was basically answering a list of questions. Every time you use the ATM, you’re answering a series of questions. In the hospital, the doctors and nurses are repeatedly asking you questions.
Whether we realize it or not, we’re constantly barraged with questions. “Would you like fries with that?”, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” and “Could you please hand me another baby wipe…NOW?!” are just few (I hear that last one quite often). Some questions in life are simple, like “What is 2 + 2?”. Others are not so simple, like “Daddy, why did grandpa get sick and die?” But either way, questions are the pathway for the pursuit of truth, and without them we would continue to be fools forever.
It’s interesting that people ask scores of questions “about” the Bible, but rarely do we give thought to those questions found “in” the Bible. There are actually 3,294 of them. (And no, I didn’t count them myself.) There are questions asked from men to men, angels to men, men to angels, angels to God, men to God, God to men, God to angels, God to Himself (Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachtahani?), and even animals to men. (That’s right. Remember Balaam’s donkey? He just asked two simple questions, unlike Shrek’s donkey who talks nonstop).
Even the very first words recorded from the lips of Jesus, at the age of 12, were just two questions that He asked his parents. Speaking of firsts, do you know what the very first question in the Bible was? It was another one of those animal/man conversations. It happened in the Garden of Eden when the serpent spoke to Eve. He asked “Indeed has God said…?” And that seemingly insignificant, innocent, and innocuous query eventually became the catalyst to the fall of mankind into sin. And sadly, men have been questioning and doubting the Word of God ever since.
There are, however, some questions in the Bible that are life-changing and personally significant. These are questions that deserve our attention, time, and effort. These are questions like “Are you the one who was to come or should we expect someone else?”, “How can a man be born again when he is old?”, “What is truth?”, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”, and “Who do you say that I am?” These are the questions that all men, everywhere must be confronted with and consider for themselves. If you ignore these questions you will not merely be a fool for life, but you will ultimately be a fool for all eternity. Have you considered these questions? And do you know the answer?