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More Care In Answering Questions

Should "WE" not be a bit more carefull when responding to a question. I do not know much about the teachings and would be carefull not to offer what i am not certain about, as I have read with interest in some of the many responses. Take care.

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 ---Stephen_Gladwin on 8/17/05
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#1 Yes, we should be careful when posting our own personal knowledge of the Word. It should be done with the understanding that all believers are not in the same place spiritually. Some simply believe what they have been told by a "spiritual father," so to speak, and have not found out for themselves what the Scripture says. Others do not have the infilling of the Spirit and have a hard time understanding deep spiritual matters.
---Debbie_Jo on 4/4/08

#2 And then there are others who have not learned to recognize God's voice and receive His deep revelations of the Word. In all these cases, no matter what your level of spirituality, we must show grace for we are equal in God's eyes. We are all family and need to show others what God has shown us. The Word should never be argued over, discussed yes, but never argued over. I believe the Word should be presented in all the Godly knowledge we have of it.
---Debbie_Jo on 4/4/08

#3 We are living in a time today when what we learn from the Word and the knowledge that someone else has gotten from God of His Word could determine our growth and place for eternity. Jesus is coming soon and we need to get all the knowledge of His Word in our heart as possible. Lets embrace one another even in our differences.
---Debbie_Jo on 4/4/08

Ted, all you have to do is tell the truth, and be kind.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
---deb on 4/4/08

Here's the world's opinion about Christian blogs and how they 'should be'.

"But a Christian blog site in which most postings are reiterations of the gospel, testimony, or devotional, will appeal to very few non-Christians, who are almost by definition unlikely to be interested in reading this type of Christian blog. What non-Christians actually wish to read is stuff that reflects their secular interests or felt needs."
---Ted on 4/4/08

"Although there are countless thousands of Christian blogs, almost all of them are written for Christians, Christian language and addressing Christian concerns we can call this the 99 percent problem. While not-yet-Christians may accidentally find them, in most cases they are unlikely to stay to read, unless they happen to be seekers."
---Ted on 4/4/08

"The blog name should not sound Christian but be catchy and easy to remember, and immediately reveal the specific focus and niche you have chosen. Blog names are usually informal, and often whimsical or humorous.

Have a clear mental picture of your target reader. Understand how not-yet-Christians think, and avoid things which would be off-putting, or only understood by Christians. Take time to assess your readership and site purpose, using questionnaire."
---Ted on 4/4/08

"Where you feel there is an appropriate faith angle to add within your secular topic, express this in a non-preachy, sensitive, jargon-free manner. An explicit faith comment is almost certainly not appropriate in every posting. Less is more. To help you remember not to lapse back into Christian-speak, try to imagine that you are writing for a specific non-Christian that you know. Find a non-Christian who is prepared to critique your writing and give you his or her reactions to it."
---Ted on 4/4/08

"Witty writing, winsome and lacking in Christian jargon or insider stuff, so it works well for anyone.
Write from a Christian worldview, but not geared for other Christians. Christ is in you, theres plenty of God stuff, but do not be preachy, devotional, or inspiring in nature. Be really sort of silly, fun, and honest."

This is what the world wants from Christian blogs.
---Ted on 4/4/08

The world wants witty, winsome, fun and silly. It attracts bloggers.

I have no idea how you ever express the Cross of Jesus Christ to them without offending their sensitive seeking natures.
---Ted on 4/4/08

The world says all scriptural references should be avoided. Talk about secular problems of everyday life. The Bible makes everyone uncomfortable.

Eliminate biblical replies and accentuate positive thinking. "The Secret" is very appealing. Talk show hosts really like it.
---Ted on 4/4/08

If you use scripture, it's too preachy.
If you use reason, logic from a witty, winsome, fun, silly intellect - you'll be giving them what they want.

Rolling Stones, "you can't always get what you want, if you try sometime, you get what you need".
---Ted on 4/4/08

I will say what is in the word, and if it steps on someone's toes, oh well maybe they needed to be stepped on.
---Rebecca_D on 4/4/08

Yes we should speak the truth in love.
---Tsuanne on 9/29/05

Answers should always be biblically based - even if the reciepent does't like the answer. (Let them argue with God.) Personal opinions are "out" unless the person states they are personal opinons.
---WIVV on 9/18/05

Stephen, what you wrote is more of a observation than a question. We should be more kind. Ephesians 4:32 I am quilty of not being kind at times.
We should not comment of things we don't know about.
I agree, we can turn away unbelievers and new believers if we don't show that we have the love of Christ. We also can confuse people, if we don't speak truths from the word of God. That is why I like to use refferences, so they can know I didn't make it up.
---Ulrika on 9/13/05

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Stephan...thank you for the question and I agree. It is how you present yourself and how you say things. One deacon tried to thump over the head with scriptures about tongues and when I had a question about the Bible, I did not go to him again. It was how he said it...rude, thanks, your the last person I ask.
---micha6835 on 9/13/05

, i am worried that i have been much too nice in my postings. should i be more blunt and stop sugar-coating everything?
---steve on 9/12/05

Very good point. While some might have achieved perfection...then there's the other 99% of us still a "work in progress". I do think we should all share our understanding of God's Word when led to. With that said, we should also be good listeners (readers)to hear other ideas/revelations maybe that can enlighten us more. Just because we differ in understanding doesn't mean we don't share the same very patient Holy Father. Thanks for your insight also.
---mike_fl on 9/3/05

, lets all remember that each of us will have to give an account to God for every careless word, no matter how well intentioned. everything we say and do influences others for eternity, for better or worse.
---steve on 8/24/05

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Maybe people should try on concentrating on providing useful real answers to the original questions that are posted instead of all of the petty bickering between Blog submitters.

And of course some of the questions are so ill-defined that they can not be answer reasonably. Tell us what you want to know about or and if it is a problem, provide enough information and detail so the people can give you useful answers.
---notlaw99 on 8/20/05

Until we learn to put someone's head back on, after cutting it off with God's Word(s), we're better off being "slow to speak and quick to hear", unless provoked, truth(s) are distorted, souls are endangered, etc [Prov.4:7-9; I Cor.14:12].


Souls are precious, & one must be "wise as serpents, harmless as doves".

Not sugar coating God's Word(s) for some? [Luke 11:45-46!].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/20/05

I am sorry, but I won't sugar coat the word just to tickle someone's ears. I quote what God says, if one don't like it, then take it up with God and not me. There have been times I misunderstood verses, but until I fully understand what the verses mean, I can't tell someone what it means if I don't know. So I seek God for a better understanding on his word, so hopefully I can share God's word to others.
---Rebecca_D on 8/19/05

I am on the side that blieves that we should be very careful how we answer questions. I can think of a time or two when I left a bad impression and the Lord promted me to apologize. Then about a week ago I was on a "marathon" blog with RICK but I am happy to report that our duel never degenerated and even though we did not agree we are still friends! That's the way it should be.
---Pierr7958 on 8/19/05

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Rebecca,its your kinda response that prompted me to post the blog in the first place. Are you ALL wisdom and 100% accurate in your translations, i dont think so only GOD is and i dont think he has the attitude of "well if i stand on your toes, to bad". Please think before you make a statement.
---Stephen_Gladwin on 8/19/05

One of my favorite preachers frequently told of demons running from his house in fright, after being 'beat up' so often and so bad! LOL!


---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/19/05

Rebecca, you can't go wrong using God's Word(s), as He honours It above His Name.

I know what you mean about evil spirits, a "Word Warrior" among others seem to be lightning rods for them. Building God's Kingdom while destroying theirs!

Took me a while to get a 'good handle on them' & who they use, [surprising at times!] when the heat's turned up!

A Pleasure To Read Your Blogs [& Make Your Aquaintance] Woman Of God!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/19/05

All advice is intended to be good advice, when spoken in love,but however well intended, it may just not be good for that particular situation.Advice/response should line up with God's Word,comfort,enlighten,and sometimes admonish.Admonish is a very sticky business and one should be careful to keep a sweet spirit,but sometimes firmness is required.The bottom line is;Love is kind but honest.
---Darlene_1 on 8/18/05

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Further to the scriptures I quoted below, I would like to add: Matthew 10:16, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
---Bruce5656 on 8/18/05

Ephesians 4:15 talks of "speaking the truth in love".

Romans 14:1, "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations."

Philippians 4:5, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."
"moderation" is from the greek word epieikes
and it means: equitable, fair, mild, gentle
---Bruce5656 on 8/18/05

I agree with you Stephen. I have seen some responses that should have never been posted! I think it's okay to give our opinion, but not to get caught up in it so much from our own personal experiences that we end up hurting someone, or giving wrong advice.
---Melissa on 8/18/05

--Stephen_Gladwin: Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. We all should be full of care (Gal. 5:22-23) when responding to questions. We should "take" the utmost "care" to rightly divide the word of God (2 Tim. 2:15) & not be flippant in our responses to the needs of other souls. Constant self evaluation (Ps. 51:10) is always crucial & beneficial.
---Leon on 8/18/05

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