Scripture portrays fools as those who have rejected God and his ways and are unable or unwilling to appreciate the wisdom of knowing and obeying him. A great example is “A fool has said in his heart, there is no God.”
So what to do? Argue with atheists? Have wonderful debates over theology and dogma?
Not hardly. They are a waste of my time. They are a waste of my words. Jesus warned me to not cast my pearls before swine.
Escape quickly from the company of fools; they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words.| Proverbs 14:7
Here are some more thoughts to ponder. Again, I am to completely avoid and refuse to have anything to do with such foolish thinking. I guess that will save me some time studying apologetics! 🙂
- 1 Timothy 6:4 — He is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
- 2 Timothy 2:23 — But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.
- Titus 3:9 (NASB) — But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
July 3rd, 2018 at 9:22 am
The think we must remember, however, is that we must be careful as to who we consider a “fool,” for on the surface some will appear that way only because they are under conviction by the Holy Spirit and putting up a wall. It may be that God has lead us to that person to share the gospel in love, while an actual “fool” should be avoided, for all they really want to do is argue – they have no desire to come to the knowledge of the truth.
July 3rd, 2018 at 10:03 am
Thanks for the great insight. I agree completely.
July 3rd, 2018 at 9:54 am
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July 3rd, 2018 at 2:28 pm
You reject all religions the same way atheists reject yours. You’re no different.
July 4th, 2018 at 10:33 am
Actually, Amanda, the atheist assumes there is no God for various reasons, the most oft cited reason being a lack of evidence. This seems an awful lot like the so-called “god of the gaps” reasoning, because it is based on the logic that the lack of evidence gives justification for one’s beliefs. This is also quite ironic, as even the most optimistic scientist admits we only know 5% of what is possible to know about our universe. That leaves A LOT of room for evidence to still be out there.
While your assertion has some merit about some Christians, compare this to the number of those who became Christians by looking at available evidence. As J. Warner Wallace – a forensic investigator – has noted numerous times, there is ample evidence to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus of Nazareth lived, died by crucifixion, and was raised to life. Many of us chose Christianity based on logic, not emotional necessity. (The emotional side is an added bonus!)
Atheists reject all spiritual religions. Christian’s reject anything that goes against “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 12 4:6). I encourage you to look at some sites that offer that evidence. My blog has some info, but there are other (probably better) sites, such as Sean Mcdowell’s, Ravi Zacharias, James White, or Frank Turek.
Thanks for coming over and commenting!
July 4th, 2018 at 10:37 am
Well said. Thanks Daniel.
July 4th, 2018 at 10:43 am
Muslims, who are the fastest growing religion and will soon be the world’s leading religion, say the EXACT same things about their faith, prophet, and creator, as Christians say about theirs’. Christianity isn’t special in any way;
In fact, MANY religions and “prophets” and leaders over the last several thousand years have been said to have been born of a virgin (Alexander the Great for example) –
Do you believe those claims as well ?
July 4th, 2018 at 11:06 am
Here is the major difference between all of these: Jesus is the only one who had more than 100 prophecies written over centuries and at least 400 years before He was born about His life, He fulfilled them (and for clarity’s sake, here is the obligatory mention that some prophecies have yet to be fulfilled about His second coming, but we are still talking about more than 100 fulfillments), and after calling Himself God then predicting He would die and rise again, He did.
Many have claimed deity, the office of prophet/seer, or direct access to God. However, “when a prophet speaks . . . if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:22) The Bible is the only book that has reliably reported history consistently while presenting satisfactory evidence of its Founders claim to deity with the Resurrection.
We can believe Jesus ead born of a virgin without more than His say so because it was prophesied before (Isaiah 7:14) and then He backed up all of His claims by rising from the dead, as He said He would.
Muhammad never performed miracles, and much of the Quran is neither historically nor scientifically accurate. (Miracles are by nature something rare, often non-repeatable, and a sign of someone’s power over the natural.)
I could argue over many points about many of not all religions, but it comes back to “as it was written” (prophecies) and Jesus doing it, ultimately through his death and resurrection. “But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:23).
July 5th, 2018 at 3:16 am
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