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How to debate someone

Discussion in 'Requests for Christian Advice' started by Introverted1293, Mar 1, 2020.

  1. Introverted1293

    Introverted1293 Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    Christian Seeker
    Thank you for the advice. That was very helpful.
  2. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    “Why do the heathen rage, And the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalm 2:1 (KJV 1900)
  3. Hidden In Him

    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member Supporter

    Greetings, Introverted. Also to @Oscarr, @ewq1938, @Sketcher. Nice to see old names I remember still around.

    This is actually THE question when it comes to Forum involvement, and I was thinking about this very issue just yesterday by happenstance, so I thought I'd log on and comment.

    Sort of thinking out loud here, but these were my thoughts.

    What we are ultimately attempting to do is overcome evil with good, in the simplest terms. Scripture commands that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and while I view Oscarr's assertive techniques as at least better than getting ugly with people, perceptive types will see through it as being disingenuous, condescending and/or manipulative. I've always taken a dead-serious honest approach with people, even with my feelings, because I would not want it any other way. The only way you can build a truly real relationship with anyone else is by openness and honesty, and that has to be there for me.

    The problem however is anger, and voicing it will open the door for the enemy to have a field. So when logging to the various Christian forums, you have to be prepared going in to be insulted in the worst ways, and still be ready to bless those that curse you (and mean it), as the Lord has commanded us. You also have to be ready to "speak only that which ministers grace to the hearer," as Paul commanded. If you can no longer do this, stop speaking (James 1:19), so at least the memory they will have of you will be of someone who blessed them while they were cursing you.

    One word of caution: I usually only subject myself to this kind of abuse when I know that what I have to share is worth it. If I am just on with the intention of "chatting" with people, I lay myself wide open (and have many times in the past to my regret) for a bad confrontation. But I'm almost never on for entertainment purposes these days. I've learned better. So only in defense of what you believe are very important doctrinal stances should you be willing to endure the pain and suffering, IMO.

    Food for thought. Take it or leave it. Wish you the best in standing for what you believe on issues, without aiding the enemy in turning a little kindling into a wildfire (James 3:5-6).

    God bless,
    Hidden In Him