Summary: Life is often defined by the questions we ask. The questions we are asking often reveal what we are thinking – or the direction we are going.One of the most vital questions ever asked “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? “(Matthew 16:26NKJV)
The significant of asking Questions
Life is often defined by the questions we ask. The questions we are asking often reveal what we are thinking – or the direction we are going. Questions are the building blocks of comprehensive writing. The answers to the questions that we ask are what build our life story. When it comes to non-fiction writing – journalism in particular – there are 5 Ws which need to be answered in any given news story: Who, What, Where, When, Why. And then, sometimes, it is instructive to add an H – How.
The question is very important--so is the answer. Apart from the Bible, there is no valid answer. All human answers are vain and do not satisfy the longing soul. The Bible answers these questions with the authority of God. Believe it or not, the kind of questions you ask determine the kind of life you lead. That’s because your questions activate its own set of answers, which lead to certain emotions, which then lead to certain actions (or inactions), followed by results. If you ask yourself limiting questions, you’ll get limited results. If you ask yourself mind-opening, forwarding questions, you’ll gain a lot more out of them.
People have long asked: what’s the origin of life? Where do we come from? Who am I? , Why am I here? Is there a God? Where am I going? What can I do? Is there life after death?" What is the world made of? What holds it together? What is truth? What is good and what is evil? What is moral code in relation to right and wrong? What is the meaning of life? What's our destiny? How do you find peace? When talking to people of all walks of life, we find that we differ most in opinion about the above questions but the Bible is the only reliable source that gives answers to all these questions.
Most people unfortunately never struggle to think about or find answers for the basic questions of existence and the origin, nature and destiny of life. The answers to these questions will consciously or unconsciously condition, empower or limit almost everything in that individual's life. Three of the most crucial questions we can ask about life are these: Where did we come from? Why are we here? And where will we go when we leave the earth? That last question is critical because it has eternal consequences. Since God created us with souls that will not die, and since God alone decides each person’s destiny, a fourth question becomes necessary: How can I be sure I am in the right relationship with God?
Just as we as human beings ask questions about life, so the God who created and sustains all things asks questions. We have a choice, to start with the questions of God or with our own questions. God is the source and centre of all reality. There is no other alternate autonomous religious reality where we might meet him. We live and move and have all our being in his presence. The God who has called our life into being relates deeply with his creation. Everything that exists does so because God called it into being for his purposes. Hence the questions of the Bible are still the most important.
God’s first question
God begins His transactions to the fallen man with a question. The first question is found in (Genesis 3:9) “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Notice the importance of this question, Where are you? “He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” (Genesis 3:10) Until you can answer that, in some sense at least, there is no other option of moving forward or help. When a man is lost this is the most important question he can ask: Where am I?
Man’s first question found in the New Testament.
This first question here in the Old Testament is matched by the first question asked in the New Testament. Here it is God asking man, "Where are you?" and in the New Testament, in Matthew, the first question that appears is that of certain wise men who come asking, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2). "Where is He?" Here we must pause and consider the meaning of these powerful Question.
The story begins when Jesus was born in a stable, city of Bethlehem. Sometime later, wise men, or magi, from eastern countries saw a star in the sky that signaled the birth of a new king. They came to Judea, the region around Jerusalem, to worship Jesus, the new king. A man named Herod was the king of Judea. He called the wise men to a meeting and told them to find the new king so he could go and worship him, too.