the art of questioning
I have come to learn that questions are more about the questioner than the questioned. I remember back when our church went through a major church-split in 1997, I started allowing interaction during my teaching sessions and as well as discussion. Much to the chagrin of my friends, many of the questions were obviously adversarial, exposing the anger of those asking the questions, as well as their disdain for me. It then became so clear to me that questions are usually personal dogmatic statements with a question mark tacked on to the end. About that time, a spiritual mentor of mine advised that I learn more about the art of asking the right question. Those who questioned Jesus were trying to catch him in their theological trap. His opponent s questions were actually dogmatic proclamations of their own hardened theological positions. Jesus, understanding this, would throw a trap-question right back at them. The truth is, most people don t really want to learn because we really don t want to change. We want to be affirmed in what we already believe. So, as a result, many of our sincere questions are really proud assertions of what we believe and want further confirmation on. One of my favorite philosophical/ spiritual teachers, Krishnamurti, believed that the question, which is usually a form of defense or escape, if rightly put, can bring true awareness and change (THE URGENCY OF CHANGE). More on this to come!