Friday, October 12, 2012

Trick Question

Trick questions abound. Every time my parents were upset with me about my behavior, there would be a crucial point in the conversation. If they were really upset and sensed I was being disrespectful, they would ask if I thought they looked stupid.

Should you be still living with your mom and dad, hear me now. If they ask this question, they are not looking for the truth as you see it. Be forewarned that you should not even allow a smirk to cross your face. This will not go well for you.

But that is not the only trick question out there. Here are some more.

A truck driver is going down a one way street the wrong way, and passes at least ten cops. Why is he not caught?

He's walking on the sidewalk.

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Mount Everest was still the highest even though it had not been discovered.

Does Britain have a 4th of July?

Yes they do, and a July 5th and a July 6th.

Eskimos are very good hunters, but they never hunt penguins. Why not?

Eskimos live at the North Pole, penguins at the South Pole.

I sometimes wonder, though it's not actually a question, if Jesus was just tricking us when He said, "I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you." ~Matthew 18:19

I'm not one to question the words of Jesus. I just spoke this week at my church about reconciliation. But as I mulled over this topic, it struck me that reconciliation, even between one small church family, is very difficult. So it makes me wonder, did Jesus guarantee this because he knew two of us would never agree on anything?

I'll admit that I am not ready to put God on the same level as a parent who offers his children prizes for behavior that will never be realized. Which means that it should be possible for two of us to get along well enough to agree on what we ask of the Father.


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