I decided it would helpful to define 2 words listed on my sidebar and also in my comments section:
Debate and Criticism
Debate: a contention by words or arguments; fight, contend; argue; opposition
Criticism: the act of criticizing; a critical observation or remark; to find fault or point out the faults of
I do not allow either on my blog. I can not for the life of me understand why someone would read a blog they don't agree with as a whole. That is like me reading an Atheist's blog, expecting never to get upset. Why would I want to go on an Atheist's blog and stir up trouble? (That would be so rude of me to go to someone else's blog to tell them my 2 cents) It's THEIR blog, they can say what they want. Same for mine! I use the Bible, scripture and principles from the Word of the Almighty God and it speaks for itself.
Also let's use some scripture on this account as well. For what it causes on BOTH sides in the commentor and me, is a contributing factor that determines my rules. Not only that but most importantly, I developed this from Biblical scripture and principles set to guide our life. Let's look earnestly at the Word of God.
In its context, debate here is defined as contention, strife and wrangling. It is preceded by murder and followed by deceit. What is the intent of someone who sets about to debate in this manner? Is it to "murder" the other person in their mind through hate and/or use deceit by means of debate? Some food for thought.
"Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
It doesn't just stop with this verse, let's continue on. In 1 Timothy 6:3-4, Paul goes on to say that those who teach otherwise:
1 Timothy 6:4
"He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,"
The Bible plainly tells us what comes from "doting" about questions and strifes of words - it brings envy, strife, railings and evil surmisings! Let's define some of these words:
Doting: (in its context) someone that loves to argue
This is what comes from "doting" or for better use of words, what is made from or arises from arguing over questions:
Envy: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage; malice
Strife: conflict, discord, fight; debate/argument; contention, wrangling = to engage in argument; bicker; dispute; controversery
Railings: slander, detraction, speech injurious to another's good name
Evil Surmisings: evil/bad imaginations; to imagine evil
WOW! All those things stem from what? The doting about questions and strifes of words! Is it any wonder, WHY I don't allow such things to happen on this blog?
I'm not done yet lol. God has given me many things tonight to post about this and it is to help others and show them how DANGEROUS it is and why I don't want this going on here. Let's look at more scripture:
"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself."
That is one of the most forewarning scriptures that you can get about this subject in my opinion! Not only should we avoid those things but he goes on to tell us they are UNPROFITABLE and VAIN! But it ain't over yet........the last verse (v.11) is where it gets dangerous! Self condemnation by your own words! Your words will be used against you one day. This isn't the only verse in the Bible that teaches us this truth:
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Our words are not just floating feathers in the wind, never to be brought up again. They are being recorded and we will have to give account for them one day.
A Pastor/preacher is given full command from God according to His Word to reprove and rebuke and correct his flock, give admonition to others and correction of others if some of his "flock" are in danger by the dissenter. This isn't a blog invite to debate! I am a blog writer, I don't have a flock and I sure do not claim to be some "mentor" to blogland women! For the sake of others, I've deleted some of the comments that were contentious. I'm sure you can find a group of like-minded, disgruntled, arguing and striving over questions folks.......but this ain't the place to do it! I've used the Word of God to show the DANGERS of such things in hopes to help someone understand, for not only themselves, but for them to understand my reasons and my rules and where I got these principles; God's Word; The Bible.
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