How do you respond when commenters make personal attacks on you about your faith or your comments?
Do you argue? Is that profitable? Do you report the offender? Is that loving?
This relates to Hubs that are decidely about Christianity.
I have made the mistake at times of commenting on hubs and people begin to rip into you. The fact of the matter is that I am not necessarily going to agree with everyone else's Christian theology, let alone someone who believes something else or not at all.
You know my youth leader years ago gave me some useful advice
Sharing your Faith is like a young bird getting fed by its mother....if the baby birds does not want fed, or if the mother feeds it too fast it will choke.
If something chokes the natural reaction is to gag and try and throw the stuff up as a survival action. Likewise if you are force fed then you won't like the person forcing you.
So in the case of the bird it needs fed bit by bit at the right time.
So to answer to your question someone who wants to argue and make personal attacks is someone who is not ready to hear. They are spitting anything you say back out and and they will probably be more resentful and bitter at your attitude.
Someone interested with questions will have a different tone to their reply
No, I simply don't approve their comment... Ignoring them and denying approval of their comment is the best way to shut them up.
Sooner or later this happens to everyone if you stay on the Internet long enough. There's no benefit of fighting with some idiot who's hiding behind a computer and spitting out ridiculous & offending cyber opinions. Ignore them and deny their comments especially if it's on your own hub. Here's a hub I wrote some time ago when I had a difficult person to deal with here on the Hub Pages - http://goody5.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-d … -hub-pages This same person has since been banned from the Hub Pages. I wonder why?????
I just love this question. These days we generally do not have enemies attacking our home. Wars and battles are left to professionals. We may have spirited competition in our work and social life, but really no enemies. So how and when can we follow the toughest of all commandments; to love our enemies. It is here. When we are attacked, treated poorly, spit upon in writing, cursed and personally attacked. We must respond with a resounding thank you for an opportunity to react intelligently, with grace and a loving spirit. If we do not, perhaps our antagonists are right about our faith.
(by the way, I am not very good at it -- but I try ;-)
Eric, you are the most skilled deflector of attacks that I have seen on the Internet. You have the patience of Job.
i guess you are sheltered. where do you live? certainly not Orlando or NY or Chicago or detroit or Miami or many more cities in the usa where attacks on homes are a daily occurance.
I've never had that experience, but if it happened, I wouldn't get angry, I would listen to what they're saying and try to understand their perspective. "A gentle answer will calm a person' anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger."
Geez Veromica! Where do you live? How long have you been interacting on the Internet? Don't feel left out. It's coming!
LOL!!! I LIVE online...I've had the backlash, just not on HubPages... and I didn't report it, because it wasn't in the context of a writing community, so I just let if roll off my back and I let God do the vindicating! And that approachworked well!!
Yeah I just read about you. Very impressive! Thank you for your contribution.
Hello dianetrotter, In my opinion, it doesn't make sense to argue with anyone when it comes to religion. People have their beliefs and those are their opinions. I would never convince someone to take on whatever I believe in if they choose not to. That is not the christian thing to do. I would ignore their comments and keep it moving. I don't have time to argue with anyone about their religious convictions.
sorry but you are wrong. we have an obligation to help a brother that has an incorrect understanding of the scriptures not meaning to nitpick but on matters that can affect their lives esp if sin is involved.
we have no right to correct unbelievers
i take nothing personally and none of my comments are to be taken as an attack on the person .
BUT if what is put forth is not scriptural I will attack it without mercy as there is no room for false teachings in the name of Christianity. there is too much of that now. The churches are full of it. Scripture clearly tells us if you profess to teach you are judged by a stricter yardstick. So if you cant stand the heat when you are wrong dont try to teach scripture. And neither I or God care what you think we only care what scripture says. So many on here say "thats what I believe" sorry but what you believe must line up with scripture or you have no right to teach it as such. True love is saying what needs to be said whether it is welcome or not. see Timothy. Also if it is put out publicly correction is in public if in private correction is private. Quite a few on here think they the right to teach anything they believe but when they put it under Christianity they have no right to do so.
If the person is open to scriptural truth i will supply scripture documentation but if their mind is made up and they want to push "what they believe " instead of scriptural truth I tell them and ask God to judge between them and me , that is His job not mine.
I follow the advice given at Proverbs 26:4, as well as the old adage: "Just because you're invited to an argument doesn't mean you have to accept the invitation."
You are so right! Would you like to join by discussion? Why can't people discuss race in a productive manner?
Thank you. Send me a link and I will check out your discussion on race.
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