Dealing with the Foolish

If you are a Bible believing Christian to heart and proclaim it with no shame as you should, then chances are, you have been mocked, and possbily quite hard especially by those militant unbelievers that call themselves atheists.  Dealing with these scoffers can be quite a challenge at times.  Especially when you have a numerous amount of them all over you.  You might say that you should just ignore them because they are just trolls that just waste their time. Sometimes, this is the thing to do, but many times, there are questions that can not go unanswered.  Now let me introduce a scripture reading to you.

Proverbs 26:4-5

[4] Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. [5] Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

It is known, that you should just ignore foolish people that are doing nothing but making smart mouth comments towards you.  They are just trolling and they know it. That is what Proverbs 26:4 is proclaiming.  On the other hand, there are questions or statements that need to be answered.  You might ask “why should I do so?” or you might see it as a waste of time.  Notice how in verse 5 it says “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”  According to verse 5, you are supposed to answer a fool in the case where he thinks he is wise for asking the foolish question or making the foolish statement.

I will give you an example.  Just the other day (as of the day this was posted) on twitter I was reading tweets that had the hashtag BibleContradictions.  I came across one that was claiming to be a strong contradiction between Genesis 10 and 11.  Genesis 11 is about the tower of Babel, where the entire world had became of one tongue (language) and God separated them and gave new languages.   However in Genesis 10, it is talking about different people of nations speaking different tongues and this atheist was pointing out the so called contradiction.  There is no contradiction there because both passages are of different times and the world BECAME of one language, and I explained that to him.

Then he tried pointing out another thing in the Bible that he claimed was contradictory.  In Genesis 6, it is talking about God’s plan to flood the entire globe because of its evil that had reached a point of no return.  Now in verse three it reads “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”  This is referring to how long it will be before God sends the global flood that will kill all of mankind accept for eight.  However this same atheist tried saying that this passage is saying that God limited human life to 120 years and later on in Genesis, you read about people living longer than 120 years.  I gave him a link giving a deep explanation of what that verse really meant.  After all this I gave him the message of the Gospel.  That is one thing you need to make sure that you do.  Give the message of the Gospel to them.

Another important thing to remember when dealing with anything as stated above, one major thing to avoid is angry debating.  That is to say reviling the other.  Reviling is a sin and a sign of hatred towards a person.  If you want a person to hear a biblical message, then you will show as much hospitality towards them as possible.  There are times when you will need to be stern with these people, but do not do it in a hateful manner.

Last but most certainly not least, be sure that you know what you are talking about.  Be sure you have enough biblical knowledge in events like this.  Many foolish people will be desperate thinking of any question they can think of to try to stump.  One of the many reasons to READ YOUR BIBLE.  However if you ever come across a question you can not answer, I am more than happy to help you out.  Find out how to get a hold of me in my Contact page and ask me whatever question it is you are having trouble answering.  In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ I write unto you. Amen.

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