In my morning devotions today I made a new discovery: “foolish questions”. There is indeed something called a foolish question. We see this in the following scripture:
2 Timothy 2:23 King James Version (KJV)
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
We always hear that there is no question that is foolish and this is indeed true, but what makes a question foolish, is the intention behind the question.
What’s the Intention of Your Questions & Conversations?
If a question is being asked to cause strife, then according to Paul it is a foolish and unlearned question. In other words the person is being ignorant and only seeking to cause problems. Selah!
The Strong’s Concordance translates the word “foolish” from the original language as “foolish talk”. That’s why we see the NIV, HCSB and NLT versions talking about foolish, stupid or ignorant arguments:
New International Version (NIV)
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.
Be very careful with the questions you ask and the arguments and conversations that you get into. If they are meant from strife, avoid them like a plague! God’s calling is for us to be wise.