The seventh law in Terry Barber’s book: How to Share Your Faith with Anyone: A Practical Manual for Catholic Evangelization, and the concept of asking questions.
Socrates taught by asking questions. He who asks questions is in control, and most people like to talk about themselves.
By asking questions, you keep someone’s attention while, at the same time, you can steer the discussion in a specific direction. Instead of telling others, they learn on their own. They will answer in their heart even if they do not answer verbally.
Jesus taught with many questions, for example:
“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?” Matthew 9:15
“Who is my mother?” Matthew 12:48
“Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?” Matthew 6:27
“But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
“do you love me?” John 21:17
There are many other examples of how Jesus used questions to help people understand. Read the gospels.
Don’t use your questions as an assault weapon. Don’t bulldoze over the person; they will close up. Keep your questions simple, open and honest. Be sensitive and back off when you feel the other is uncomfortable.
For more great questions from Socrates, search Google for “Socrates questions”
Share the Gospel with someone today! – Peter den Hollander