The Power of “Why”
All of us with children remember those pesky “why” questions our children would ask as they were discovering the beauty and mystery of life. No matter how many questions we tried to answer, it was followed up with another “why” question until we got frustrated and just blurted out “Because it just is, that’s why!”
But there is great power in asking good “why” questions as we discuss or debate issues of importance. First, we can determine the thought process of the person we are talking to–animal, human or godly. I discuss these thought processes in “The Death of Christian Thought” available at www.amazon.com or on my website Www.michaeldlemay.com.
A person using an animal thought process can tell you what they believe, but they are not able to articulate a sensible “why” for what they claim to believe. A person who can give you a reasonable “why” is using a human thought process, and is capable of a rational discussion on the issue at hand. If the person cannot give you a reasonable “why”, respectfully ask them if they think that is important. If they say “no” you are only going to be frustrated dealing with them while they are in this animal thought process. Getting them to be able to give you a why for what they believe can lead to a discussion about how we identify truth, pointing them to GOD and His Word.
Ultimately in discussing opinions and beliefs we must determine where we or the person we are talking with looks to as their source of truth. Is it my own mind and heart which has been corrupted by sin? Or the only source of eternal truth, God and His Word? “Truth” in the New Testament is the Greek word “Aletheia”–a fact that cannot change in any circumstance or with new information. Since only God has infinite understanding and knows the future, all eternal truth comes from God alone. If we look anywhere else for truth, we can be easily deceived by people who sound authoritative or wise.
When talking with professing Christians on difficult topics it is important that you ultimately determine their source for “truth”–and when they can answer your “why” question” by citing the Word of God, you are off to a good start on a discussion that can reveal real truth. You can then use the four simple principles outlined in my book on how to accurately interpret the Bible to help them discover truth.
To order a copy of my book at a special introductory price go to www.amazon.com or www.michaeldlemay.com. I am confident it will help you recognize clever deception masquerading as truth and help you to help others do the same.
So remember to slow down when passionate issues are discussed, always seeking to find the why for the what. It will help you discern truth from deception, and help the other person improve their thought process, so they are open to considering God and His Word–our only source for truth!