Here’s a great list to ponder over.

Roy Zuck wrote a book called Teaching as Jesus Taught and identified fifteen reasons that Jesus asked questions. Here is his list for your consideration:

  1. To cause someone to recall facts
  2. To promote conversation
  3. To point out something that isn’t true
  4. To get agreement
  5. To push for an expression of faith
  6. To prod for an opinion
  7. To prove faith and commitment
  8. To promote reflection and thinking
  9. To persuade critics of error
  10. To pull people up
  11. To pour out emotions
  12. To reveal motives
  13. To prick the conscience
  14. To pinpoint a topic
  15. To press for the application of the truth

via Why would Jesus ask a question? | Burns Church of Christ.

A question isn’t always a mere question; they can also be used for evil, as did Jesus’ enemies. And they have many uses for good, as this list shows. We use questions without thinking, as a part of our dialogues. Perhaps more awareness might help us make better use of them.

Another whole area of study is how questions are used in other cultures and in what settings, and what they mean, which may be different than what they might mean to an American. (Or a non-American.)

What do you think?

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