Questions, Yes. Answers, Not So Much.

Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr, writing in the latest issue of Third Way magazine:

Jesus is asked 183 questions directly in the four Gospels. He only answered three of them forthrightly. The others he either ignored, kept silent about, asked a question in return, changed the subject, told a story or gave an audio/visual aid to make his point, told them it was the wrong question, revealed their insincerity or hypocrisy, made the exactly opposite point, or redirected the question elsewhere! Check it out for yourself.

He himself asks 307 questions, which would seem to set a pattern for imitation.

Considering this, it is really rather amazing that the church became an official answering machine and a very self-assured program for ‘sin management’. Many, if not most, of Jesus’ teaching would never pass contemporary orthodoxy tests in either the Roman Office or the Southern Baptist Convention. Most of his statements are so open to misinterpretation that should he teach today, he would probably be called a ‘relativist’ in almost all areas except one: his insistence upon the goodness and reliability of God. That was his only consistent absolute.”

(per Malcolm Chamberlain and Prodigal Kiwi)

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