An Important Question to Ask
Several weeks ago two men faced off to try to answer a question. The question related to the beginning of everything. The snow. The trees. The dirt. Clouds and rain. Coffee and chocolate. Ladybugs and lions. You and me.
I avoid controversies and hot topics. I never find such things encouraging. They never help me live a better story.
But I did scour the internet briefly after the debate over the origins of the universe between Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” and Ken Hamm, founder and curator of the creation museum.
And one man’s response caught my attention.
Questions and Answers
To this one man the debate, and the question it sought to answer, was of immense consequence. This is how he described it.
Bill Nye and Ken Hamm squared off in a true debate over one of the most important questions that the human mind can contemplate.
I won’t tell you who said it. The name of the person doesn’t matter and if I told you it would likely stimulate more debating and arguing. And the point would be missed.
I will tell you that he is very smart. Probably smarter than all of us. He has read more than all of us combined. He was gifted with the ability to think. He is a leader of the evangelical church, and he influences how millions respond.
But when I read his take on the debate, I believe that in all of his elaborate thinking he has lost something important.
Two Types of Questions
Why do we have questions?
One obvious answer is that we do not know or understand something. Either it is something new we have never encountered or it is an old idea that our minds are unable to grasp.
One reason to ask a question is ignorance.
Another reason is to experience change in our lives. To see the world differently. To pause and reflect with the purpose of evaluating the direction our life is headed and to consider taking it in a different one.
To help us make a decision.
A second reason to ask a question is to grow. To learn. To become.
And the more we ask these types of question, the better our story will be. To me, these types of questions are the most important ones that a human mind can contemplate.
Your Beliefs Do Not Change You
I understand why so many think the question at the center of the debate is so important. I understand why this one man believes is is one of the most important questions you can ask.
But I don’t think how you choose to answer this question matters at all.
The main reason that I don’t think it matters is that I don’t think how you choose to answer will ever change you.
I have never seen the answer to this question lead to anything but the answer. A belief. And then disagreement. And perhaps a debate.
Giving this question such importance implies that who we are is based on what we believe. That by believing one thing or another we become a different person.
But in my opinion, our beliefs, in and of themselves, do not change us.
I have never seen a belief create something valuable in this world.
What Question Does Matter?
Most of our beliefs do not matter. They do not change our lives. They don’t help us become.
But a belief that causes our hearts to move and our ears to listen and our legs to take steps does matter. A question that changes our direction can form us into a new person.
There is one question that will always do this in you. To me, it is one of the most important questions the human mind can contemplate.
It is worth asking every day in every situation about every person.
What does love require of me?
When we honesty ask ourselves and honestly seek out the answer, the choices we makes will change dramatically. And if we choose to live in love, then our actions will be altered. And the lives of those we comes across will be affected as well.
It is easier to contemplate the origins of the universe than it is to answer this question. Bill Nye and Ken Hamm walked away from their debate as the same men they were when they walked in. So did all who listened.
But the answer to this question could potentially be devastating.
The answer might demand all that you have. The answer might demand all that you are. The answer might cause you to lose your life.
What questions are you asking?
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