Arguing over the Bible! What’s the point? If any. When trying to defend what the Bible says often you come across that will argue with you over the meaning. Is it worth it?
Arguing over the Bible! What’s the point? If any.
We are told that we must be ready to defend what we believe. (See 1 Peter 3:15 which is a form of Apologetics) But does that mean we argue over it? The other questions is are we arguing over primary issues or non-essentials? Also are you arguing to say that you won?
Patheos states this in a blog post: In Matthew 4:1-11, Satan temps, tests, argues, debates, whatever you want to call it, with Jesus to try and use God’s own words against the Son.
I also like this quote on Patheos.
The grand ending in vs. 11 is Matthew saying “the devil left.” The devil “leaving” does not mean Jesus “won” the argument, because all they did was quote verses at each other. Neither does it mean that Jesus’ quotes were so convincing that Satan began believing in the Way of Jesus, and thus, no longer led a rebellion throughout human history against God.Patheos
However, defending our faith can be done without arguments. That comes the hard part when you believe it says one thing and the other person another.
Proverbs 15:1 tells that harsh words, this can be argumentative words, can bring anger!
Confrontations on beliefs can get intense! That’s why if it is starting to turn into an argument, usually anger is involved. At that point it might be best to back away and part ways from that discussion and perhaps resume at a later time when all parties can be civil and/or both parties can thoroughly study more.
Let’s look at 2 Timothy 2:23-26, we are told that we must not be quarrelsome. Basically telling us not to be argumentative.
23 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.2 Timothy 2:23-26
Now there is a difference between arguing and correcting (reproofing) a person. However, if you have a true Biblical view, you won’t need arguing. The Word of God speaks for itself.
Besides we are to make a defense, not an argument as shown in 1 Peter 3:15. So let’s stop arguing over the Bible. Besides when non believers see believers argue over scripture, why would they want to be a Christian?
The Bible isn’t meant to try to prove you are right or the other person is wrong, vise-versa, the Bible is to point us to the Truth, The Way … To Jesus Christ!