16th Century Painting by Michelangelo Anselmi ...

16th Century Painting by Michelangelo Anselmi Christ and the Woman of Samaria oil on canvas, 18.75 x 15.5 inches (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve asked for people to ask me questions and love it when they do. BUT … I am wired to think in terms of  practical questions about life issues. When I run into a purely theological question, I am prone to ask the questioner to look deeper and ask the Holy Spirit to help them see the real goal behind the question.

For example, the woman at the well tried to change the subject by referring to an age-old debate of whether to worship God in Samaria or Jerusalem. Of course, the Lord cut through that by answering the question, “neither here nor there, but worship God in your heart.” He then looked deeper and helped her deal with the deeper issues she was trying to avoid.

The lawyer tried to start a debate about the most important law. Jesus answered the question, “love the lord your God with all your being and your neighbor as yourself.” He then continued to delve into the lawyer’s heart by pointing out that our neighbor is even the people we feel superior to. Such as Samaritans. Do your suppose the lawyer was debating to prove his intelligence and command of spiritual issues?

Do not debate others or even your own mind’s query “WELL WHAT ABOUT THIS or WHAT ABOUT THAT? First ask the Holy spirit to show you if there is any clinging to pride or other sins that is driving the ? in the first place. You can kind of tell by whether you are aware of your ignorance and are truly awaiting an answer. Let not the person who asks and does not watch for the answer expect any wisdom from the Lord.

When I run into apparent problems or contradictions in the Bible, I get excited because I know it is true and as God opens my eyes to see the answer I stop and worship Him for his brilliance and kindness in showing us his mysteries.


  1. Can you give the text for where it tells about the woman at the well. You made some interesting points that I have not considered. Thank you

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