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Most Christians never question. This is a very bad thing. To Question is to desire to know. Without sincere honest heartfelt questioning people lose the desire, the passion,  to know and to learn, and to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally.

Religion generally has tried to prevent Christians from sincere honest questioning for centuries and has promulgated useless and often destructive "traditions" that take men away from the desire to know and love God, His Word, and His son, Jesus Christ.

The greek word for religion is threskia. This word means - "To be more concerned with the outward appearances of the flesh, than the inward matters of the heart."

Religion and politics, it has been said, are the two greatest evils known to man.

Jesus Christ had then and still has now a great disdain for religion and for religious leaders. Read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to see this. You may feel the same today, and with good reason.

It's important to know how, when what and why to question in life, because it's not always appropriate to question. 

Hey, I'm sorry to break it to you, but... There is such a thing as a stupid question. The Bible says in:

II Timothy 2:23

But foolish and unlearned questions avoid. Knowing that they do gender strifes.

But, take heart and hope, because we've all asked stupid questions in life.

Some people question just for the sake of questioning. The root of this is evil. The Bible states that such people are:

II Timothy 3:7

Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of The Truth.

It also states that such people have "itching ears" (II Timothy 4:3,4).

Learn to ask more smart questions than stupid ones. Don't give up. Keep asking with all your heart until you happen upon a smart question. Eventually you'll learn to ask more smart questions than stupid ones.

When you find a smart question keep asking it until you get an answer that makes sense.

The key is to ask questions about God's Word in life. This is where a word study can help you.

How do you know if something in life is true or not?

It depends on what you think of God's Word. If you think that God's Word is Truth, you should logically search for answers to life there.

If you do not think that God's Word is Truth then you don't need to keep reading here because you will not get answers to life in God's Written Word.

So question with all your heart. Desire to know The Truth. It's not "Out There" at all.  Truth is God's Written Word.

When you question a good technique to learn is to do a "word study" from God's Word.

You don't need a Phd in blah blah blah.

You don't need any worldly education at all to learn and study God's Word and to teach it to others.

You do need to love God and his wonderful son Jesus Christ.

You do need to read God's Word daily.

You do need a heart that is meek and willing to learn God's Word.

You do need a strong personal prayer life.

It can be as simple as doing a dictionary search of the word or words related to your question from The Bible. You can learn the difference between what The World says on a given matter and what The Bible says very simply by this method.

Take, for instance, the words "Follow after". We know what the world wants us to "follow after":

1. Money - The love of which is the root of all evil according to scripture (I Timothy 6:10).

All else derives from this according to the world.

We can use QuickVerse to find out exactly what God's Word says we should "follow after":

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Romans 14:19 KJV

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:1 KJV 

I have seen the word "charity" above translated as "The Love of God" and the word "gifts" as "matters".  

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect. But I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 3:12 KJV 

Paul is following after the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord in the context of this verse. Read it for yourself.  

But you, O man of God, flee these things. And follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1 Timothy 6:11 KJV

The Bible is specific about what we should "follow after".

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Date and Time Last Updated: 04/26/2008 11:12:26 PM