Fear of Questions

by David Mendiola
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
In a terrible accident at a railroad crossing, a train smashed into a car and pushed it nearly four-hundred yards down the track. Though no one was killed, the driver took the train company to court.
At the trial, the engineer insisted that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute. He even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he had done it. The court believed his story, and the suit was dismissed.
“Congratulations,” the lawyer said to the engineer when it was over. “You did superbly under cross-examination.” “Thanks,” he said, “but he sure had me worried. I was afraid he was going to ask if the lantern was lit!”
In a similar way, we often go through our lives afraid that someone will ask us a particular question. If someone asks me why I believe in God and not evolution, what will I say? What if someone asks me how I can possibly believe in the resurrection? What should I say if someone asks me why I believe the Bible truly is the Word of God, or why I believe that it teaches this or that?
Instead of being detrimental, as in the case of the engineer above, though, such questions provide us with an opportunity to share our faith. Don’t be afraid for anyone to ask!
Thanks to The Voice of Truth International, Vol 49, page 40.

5 thoughts on “Fear of Questions

  1. Voice of truth is a wonderful publication and that certainly is a wonderful article to share.
    I was wondering if maybe someone there from forthright might be able to expound upon the thoughts though. It’s easy SAY not to be afraid a whole nother scenario to BE not afraid. if there is a question that makes one uncomfortable how should he/she respond? What should they do? This I think would be some valueable life experiences that maybe someone could share their experience and wisdom on.

  2. In my opinion, one needs to surround himself with various different tools to use to present the gospel to others. The VOTI is one such tool. A DVD (Searching for Truth perhaps) with information on the church and the plan of salvation may be another such tool. One needs to have an arsenal of tracts to be able to give those who have questions. However, the most important thing would be personal interaction with others on a regular basis. Getting out into the community and meeting people is very important. Once you have established a relationship then you simply need to be a friend to them and the opportunity will soon arise to tell them more about the gospel. I conversation ought to flow naturally. Look for opportunities to talk about a religious subject and see how they respond. Some will be uncomfortable with talking about it. Those individuals probably would be more receptive to a tract or DVD. Others will want to talk about the gospel. With those you can discuss what the Bible teaches. Of course, different cultures will have varying comfort levels in discussing the Bible. Some cultures are more suseptible to personal Bible study than others. One of the most important factors, however, is patience. One needs to exercise patience over the long haul to have steady, consistent, and permanent growth. I’m sure others may want to add additional comments, but that’s my personal philosophy for how to go about it.

  3. Nick,
    Your question is a good one. You may be afraid to give an answer because you think it will sound dumb or unbelievable. Or perhaps you are thinking that you have to give a long detailed answer.
    However, you might be surprised by how people respond.
    1. Keep it simple
    2. Keep it short.
    3. Answer with the first thing that comes into your mind.
    Most people in the world will appreciate what you have to say. They will either think on it, or they will comment and when they do, you will know what to say next.
    Don Ruhl

  4. Very profound and as students of the Bible may we continue to study diligently God’s Word and defend the truth!

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