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Jesus and the Socratic Method1 min read

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Today’s Christian, a mag put out by the CT people, has a nice article entitled Ask Before You Answer.  It’s well worth a read, and may make me change my own style a bit. 

Isn’t it uncanny how often our Lord answered a question with a question?

When a rich man asked Jesus, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus responded, "Why do you call me good?" (Mark 10:17-18). When religious leaders asked him if it was right to pay taxes, he asked whose portrait was on the coin (Matt. 22:17-20). When the Pharisees were "looking for a reason to accuse him" and asked him "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" Jesus’ response was a question, "If any of you has a sheep, and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not lift it out?" (Matt. 12:9-12).

But the most likely reason for my use of questions instead of answers is that I’m tired. After years of answering questions that non-believers posed to me, I’m simply tired of seeing that an answer is not really what they want.