But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 2 Timothy 2:23
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Titus 3:9
Everyone wants to know everything these days. We all do and in a way there is nothing wrong with this, long as we go about it a proper way. We all ask questions about life in general, about each other, and about others, about the Bible, about different religions, and why people do the things they should not, etc. Some seem to get a little annoyed when one does not answer ALL their questions. Most people think we HAVE to answer every question, because if we do not, we are considered rude and immature. Are we rude and immature and ignorant if we do not answer all questions that people ask us? It depends on the questions. Also most people think they have the answer to everything. This is unprofitable and just plain vain. These people are wise in their own eyes, because they do fear God.
But, I am going to tell you what the Bible says about this. You will see what Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:23: But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strife.
This says to avoid foolish questions. Other words if someone asks you something that you are uncomfortable in answering, you do NOT have to answer them. This is simple to see, read and understandable. If one asks about your personal life, you do not need to answer. Just be polite to the person asking and tell them you rather not answer and you are uncomfortable to answer them. If they truly understand they will not. If someone asks you a foolish or stupid question that has no bearing on any topic, just to get your reaction, do not answer. By answering, all it will do is gender strife, or bring out a possible argument which is unnecessary, and to possibly get a strong and wrong reaction from you. Foolish questions are nothing more than silly speaking without proper thinking before one speaks.
In Titus 3:9 But foolish questions avoid, and genealogies, and; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Why ask something that will not profit either one of you? What is the point trying to profit from something, just to add to your pride and man-made wisdom, and lowering the other in return if they are unable to answer? Instead of trying to ask stupid questions about nothing, just show some care and courtesy, and think before you speak. I know we all ask dumb questions that are just foolishness and have no bearing on anything that we think is of vital importance. But the problem with some people is they want to know your life history in 5 minutes. If you do not answer them, they get upset and tell you, you have to answer. Or they will just not take the time to talk with you anymore. If they do, it won’t be for very long. People just love to mind other people’s business and this is Biblically wrong too. The Bible warns also that we need to mind our own business, but that is another topic for another time.
So think on these things people. Stop asking things that may be personal to whom you may be talking with, or maybe you do it to cause division and problems and separation. If you were true born again Christian, study these things to shew thyself approved unto God. Be blessed Christian and non Christian, I pray God’s grace will be on you and your family.
© Mike Carey; March 23, 2015