As a professional educator, I have come in a short amount of time to know the importance of asking the right questions. A question crafted carefully can lead one into deeper exploration, analysis, and engagement. This is true not just for education, but for all aspects of life. Asking a friend important questions will certainly lead to a deepening of that relationship, a more enhanced trust, and a more complete understanding of one another. However as important as questions are, we must never allow meditating on a question to distract us from the goal of finding the answer. Asking questions must lead to finding answers.
Yes it is true that questions are important, but this is the easier part of the task. It is easy and perhaps even entertaining to ask big questions. Many enjoy pondering the course our country should take, the direction our lives should go, the meaning of our life, or even the existence of God. It is interesting and thought provoking to hear others discuss their philosophies on life. To engage in the matter ourselves is quite another task.
It is important to know, whether we wish it be the case or not, that our beliefs have consequences. To put it more bluntly, our actions should be a reflection of our beliefs. Our answers to life’s biggest and most important questions have, or should have, clear implications on our daily actions. Take for instance the question of the existence of God. If we take that there is a loving creator, the implications are life changing. The existence of a creator means there is a purpose, a design to life that we ought to follow. If we take there is not a creator, it means life is void of any purpose independent of what we assign to it. It means there is no right or wrong, good or evil, love or hate. Our lives instantly become less fulfilled. Your belief on this issue should quite literally alter daily life.
Asking a question can be fun. Answering the question can be terrifying. Terrifying in the sense that a newfound answer might demand a radical change. In Miracles, C.S. Lewis wrote, “There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘man’s search for God’) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?”
The truth indeed can be terrifying, but it will certainly be liberating. Let us never fear to ask the right questions. But more importantly, let us have the courage to find the right answers and live them out.