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Author Andrée Seu writing in World magazine ponders: “I have often heard, ‘There’s no such thing as a bad question.'”

Well, is there? “Scripture shows that there is such a thing as a bad question,” she writes. Among them would be questions put before God that “are really fig leaves for unbelief. Notice the Lord’s displeasure in the following verses:”

“He made streams come out of the rock. . . . Yet they sinned still more against him. . . . They spoke against God, saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?’ . . . Therefore . . . his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power” (Psalm 78:16-22).

If the Lord had not made clear His attitude about these questions, we might have thought them innocent and merely informational. We find bad questions in the New Testament too. For example, just before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, some of the people said, even after all the miracles Jesus had done for three years:

“Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” (John 11:37)

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