Donna, I completely agree with your post. The way I look at it is that the Truth always has power. It might not reveal anything to one person, but it might to another. I know that in person two Christians can discuss many things without calling each other names. I have discussed with one person concerning the baptism of the Holy Spirit and found he was the only one who became very defensive, and refused to discuss or answer my quesion. At the time I didn't know much about Scripture so when I ask him the question about a second baptism, I could see he was angry, which I noticed right away. It wasn't until much later that I learned that topic was very controversial for Pentecostals.
---MarkV. on 7/9/09|
What happens is instead of answering the question, bloggers attack another person's answer.
I'm really not sure why that happens except ignorance? I don't know.
I thought we were supposed to answer the question posted, not attack another person's response, no?
---anon on 7/7/09|
Obviously some people take this place and these blogs a whole lot more seriously than others.
No one blogging here is considered an "expert" (though a great many may consider themselves such). Some contributers may consider themselves
"called" to expound certain doctrines. They, of course, take these blogs very seriously!
But all are given equal weight..A minority are seeking help. And no one is obligated to change their views.
Almost all shades of Christian Orthodoxy are represented. That fact alone makes this site very interesting.....maybe, even..."entertaining".
---Donna66 on 7/6/09|
You ask, "Where did you get that idea?"
Simple--I've read the comments, here abouts.
As for the motivations of those who "...insult others, twist their words, and make untrue [as opposed to truthful, I presume] allegations about individuals and denominations...", I really ain't got a clue. I'm pretty much guessin' now, so, take it with a grain of salt...: they just ain't properly socially-adjusted?
---BruceB on 7/6/09|
BruceB ... --"this place is basically for entertainment"
Where did you get that idea?
But maybe those who insult others, twist their words, and make untrue allegations about individuals and denominations who disagree with them are doing it for fun.
---alan8566_of_uk on 7/6/09|
Joyce...Ofen times, some bloggers on here become offended when you do not support their position on a subject. A lot of times the posts are made by people who are using their teachings in their professional careers for answers rather than what the Bible has to say or their own personal beliefs which do not line up to the Bible. At times, we have seen people come on who don't really want our help as they have already made up their minds as to what they are going to do about a personal situation. This is quite often true when a husband or wife has entered into an adulterous affair. They ask for advise, yet really want to stay in the affair. That's just one example.
---SusieB on 7/6/09|
Bruce this is "ChristiaNet"!
Its sad that it has turned unruly often and is looked on as 'entertainment'.
This site should stay locked in on biblical questions and answers.
In a debate you share your thoughts without fear of fingers pointing at you telling you that you're wrong. Accepting each other as we are and keeping an ear open for God's leading.
Arguments on the other hand is the name calling and finger pointing because some have differing beliefs.
We can share our beliefs and hopefully learn from each other.
However we must be depending on God's word for our Q's and A's.
---NV_Barbara on 7/6/09|
Debate or "argument" are fine...nothing ungodly about that. What crosses the line, in my opinion, are personal remarks about the person, intelligence or intent of any of the participants.
You may point out the error you see in someone's thinking, but confine citicism to the issues.
---Donna66 on 7/5/09|
If we were all in a bar, there'd be those who would resort to bouncin' bottles off of heads. Is there any reason to think those same people wouldn't bounce words off of screens?
Personally, I don't see much difference between a debate and an argument. There's a winner and a loser in each. The only thing that matters is whether the truth is revealed. Sometimes it's even revealed through combat. The Bible makes it clear that we are in a spiritual war. Why would one think this is neutral ground?
I've said it before and it bears repeating--this place is basically for entertainment. Enjoy the entertainment: and, if you're lucky, you might find a tidbit of truth buried in the mud, the blood... and the beer.
---BruceB on 7/5/09|
First, thank you all so much for taking the time to reply to this post. I believe debating a subject is healthy and have no problem with this whatsoever. But I had read in a few posts some rather unflattering comments directed toward the person commenting. I just wondered about the spirit we are in when posting here. I will keep all responses in mind. Thank you again
---joyce5859 on 7/4/09|
A large issue. I tell the truth which seems to inflame people. On some websites in the name of God, it really isn't in the name of God. And a whole lot of false information being spread about, I find. The more faith that God gives to me the more trouble I seem to get from others quote, quote Christian sites, which is in name only. Especially if the bosses find out who I am. Growth is also a big issue with God, and He tells me that I must learn how to deal with the scrutiny of others. God from time to time puts me on websites that's operating under His name. I'm not exactly sure why. I have three of my own to tend to.
---catherine on 7/4/09|
joyce- 2Timothy 4:2 "Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
2Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
---Betty on 7/3/09|
With some topics, if they involve behavior & it's consequences, OUTSIDE OF GOD'S WAY OF DOING THINGS, there is always going to be controversy. You can read a great example in the blog titled "Unwed Pregnant Daughter".
We have to respect one another in LOVE. As Jesus commanded. However, this isn't a "perfect" world. A lot of times I feel that the root of a problem is simply that someone doesn't accept any "responsibility" for the problem. Then there is disagreement about what to do next. Sometimes, "tough love" is the only answer. Like with an "Unwed Pregnant Daughter".
---Sag on 7/3/09|
arguing is never pretty.discussing false doctrine with someone is scriptural though,jesus did it.and got mad on more than several occassions calling people vipers,and that they were doing their father satans work,and some accused him of doing satans work.There are many questions on this site that need more than just a polite answer at times. I use to get defensive here but God has used this site to change me,aint santification grand?
---tom2 on 7/3/09|
"inflammed" > yeah, Joyce, I guess you're right. But it's not outright disrespect, I guess, and the moderators decide where to draw the line. I guess some people would not be able to post anything, if no inflammation, at all, was required.
I'm a little pasty and flat, maybe too intellectual and not caring enough, in my posting. We're supposed to have some emotion in what we are doing.
But . . . tenderheartedly > "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)
There are ones not ready with forgiveness and hope for others.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/2/09|
It woud be nice if we could discuss everything calmly and politely. But many topics here are controversial. And sometimes the position of one person is exactly the opposite of another!
Even that might not matter so much if we weren't often speaking of matters of eternal significance (not that all disagreements here are that serious).
People get very passionate about religion and politics. And we talk about them both!
The advantage of discussing them on line is that we can express stongly held views without fear of disrupting real-life relationships (such as with a co-worker, spouse, neighbor, friend). AND we get to hear viewpoints we might never hear within our own circles. It's very educational.
---Donna66 on 7/2/09|