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Are Christian Forums a Blessing or a Curse?
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Luke 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
Matthew 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
There are so many forums on HubPages that deal with Christian topics. I suppose that many of them are begun with good intentions by people honestly looking for answers and good conversation. It never fails--someone that knows nothing at all about Christianity adds their two cents and debate begins.
I have to ask myself, what good has been accomplished. I'm sure there are exceptions, but for the most part I see beliefs that I hold very dear and near dragged through the dirt. It seems that the Christian most of the time is shamed by a more knowledgeable atheist. If Christians are going to debate they certainly need to know the facts and how to present them forcefully. "Because the Bible says so" doesn't cut it.
Unfortunately I've read hubs that bring up a controversial topic only to see the author fumble and fume as he defends his point. All the while the respondent is loving it. All the while it's bringing shame and reproach upon Christ and they have lost the battle for any credibility they may have had. All I see is pride and an unwillingness to admit they don't have all the answers as they continue to make a fool out of themselves and the God they profess to follow.
There is a right way to discuss these topics. For example one that I follow recently went through a discussion with an atheist. He wrote hubs about his communication and in a loving, kind way presented the Truth. Hats off to him! Those examples however, seem to be few and far between in the forums.
For sure there have been many times I sense a fellow hubber looking to argue a point in my hubs. They are certainly entitled to their opinion, but I refuse to argue about it. I have three choices: 1. I can kindly respond and disagree out of love. 2. I can choose to not respond at all. 3. I can delete the comment. I've done all three. I'm not saying I have all the answers. I'm just saying it's time for some Christians to grow up and learn to defend the faith or keep silent.
That being said, I'm sure that there will be comments on this hub that I will have to kindly respond to, ignore, or delete. However, I'm also entitled to my opinion also--and I just gave it to you.