THE MAN WHO WAS NEVER BORN Based on Gen. 2:4-17By Glenn PeaseAn old preacher from the back woods was teaching a class of children about howGod created man. He said, "In the beginning there was just nothin at all. One dayGod was fooling around with some mud, and before you knew it he had a man. Heput that man up against a fence to dry there in the sun. God liked that man, but helooked kind of lonesome standing there all alone, so..."Just then a hand went up inthe front and a little voice said, "If, as you say, there just wasn't nothin at all at thebeginning, where'd that there fence come from?" The preacher paused for amoment and then exploded, "Its them kind of questions that's ruinin religion!"So often men are careless in their understanding of God's Word. Or else they readtheir own ideas into it and then think the truth of the Bible is endangered becausethey are confronted with an unanswerable question. Questions can endanger man'ssubjective interpretation, but God's Word is never threatened by questions. Allbelievers who have any contact at all with the world will have to face up to difficultquestions sooner or later. Many Christians fear to face these questions, not becausethere are no answers, but because they do not know the answer. Lack of confidencecauses the Christian to fail as a witness. He knows if he opens his mouth he will getquestions fired at him that he cannot answer, and so he clams up and defends theidea of a silent witness. The silent witness is inadequate in itself, for it only callsattention to your self. It is only by word of mouth that you can bring Christ into thepicture, and without Him your witness will only impress others with what a goodperson you are.We need to realize that questions are often an open door to a great opportunity forwitnessing. We read in I Kings 10:1 that the Queen of Sheba came to test Solomonwith hard questions, and he amazed her, for he had the wisdom to answer them all.We are not Solomon, but we have access to the wisdom of Solomon, and we can seekthe guidance of the same God who gave him his wisdom. As Christians we ought totake full advantage of people's questions. Youth and adults alike are questioningeverything, and all that many Christians are doing is lamenting the fact when theyshould be searching for answers to these questions.The question is one of the greatest factors there is in teaching and learning. In theonly reference we have to the boyhood of Jesus we find Him in the temple askingquestions of the scholars of His day. Jesus saw the value of asking questions, and allthrough His ministry He was a master at asking and answering questions. Parentsso often fail to take seriously the questions of their children. Many are like thefather in Alice in Wonderland who said,I have answered three questions, and that is enough,Said his father; don't give yourself airs.Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?