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ANSWERING QUESTIONS OF SKEPTICS AND SEEKERS THE JESUS WAY


A Duke Jeyaraj Passion Week Tuesday Meditation

On the Tuesday of the Passion Week, Jesus answered a series of questions (at least five). From the way he tackled these questions we learn rich lessons on handling questions from skeptics and seekers.

1. Use UNFORGETTABLE IMAGERY & STORY while answering the Question.

Jesus talked about the “moving mountains” while answering the question, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” (Matt. 21:20-22). Jesus told parables (stories with a message) when he was asked questions (see Matt. 21:35-41). In Matt. 22:4-14 Jesus narrated another parable in response to a question during Passion Week Tuesday. When someone asks you, “Is there a God?”, respond this way, “Can 1000 monkeys sitting on a typewriter produce a dictionary?”

2. Sometimes you need to ASK A QUESTION in response to a Question.

Jesus retorted with another question when the chief priests and elders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things?” (Matt. 21:23-22:14). This question concerning their disobedience to John’s call for repentance and baptism stumped them! To those who question you about the faith you need to believe in a God, retort, “Do you think that you do not need any faith not to believe in a God?” To those who ask you about, “What happens to those who have never heard of Jesus?” ask this question, “Why, do you want to go as a missionary to them?” before giving a serious answer.

3. Use the question to address IMPORTANT ISSUES which may benefit the questioner.

When answering the question, “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus took the opportunity of teaching this: Since we are made in God’s image, we must give our whole lives to Him! (Matt. 22:15-22). In other words, go beyond mere answering of the question into evangelism. If someone asks, “Why is Jesus the only way in a world of many faiths?” we should not only be able to answer that question but also issue an evangelistic call as the Spirit leads us to.

4. Encourage hearers to go back to the BIBLE when answering the question.

The Bible is the ultimate answer to every question. Jesus knew this. So when he was asked, “Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be of the seven (dead brothers married to the same women, one after the other), since all of them were married?” (Matt.22:23-33), he shot back, “Have you not read….”(Matt. 22:31). “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures…” Jesus charged (Mk. 12:24).

5. DIRECTLY answer the question, instead of beating about the bush.

To the question, “Which is the greatest commandment in the the Law?” Jesus gave a direct practical answer ((Matt. 22:34-40). When people ask you, “Is Jesus the only way to heaven?” say, “Yes, He is and he has given us considerable proof for that like his sinless life, fulfillment of prophecy and amazing claims to divinity….”

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, a ministry to presentday people supported by those who read his writings and hear his messages. Find out more about this ministry by visiting www.dukev.org or by liking www.facebook.com/googleduke. Duke’s message videos are hosted on http://www.youtube.com/c/visitduke).

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Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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