Wisdom in Reply

romans-1-20-since-creation-men-are-without-excuse-brown-1A response to some proclaimed Atheists is ill-advised, particularly if they are merely trolling for replies, and considering the substance of their arguments and the scriptures.  As long as they have breath, there is still hope that God in His mercy will open them to the truth of Yeshua, Messiah through whatever means He may deem appropriate and best.

They typically use…several devices in their arguments:

– Judgmentalism; they have no restraint in their criticism of others, particularly Christians.  Even though they strongly object to being judged themselves.

– False sincerity; they proclaim that they speak honestly and that they are authentic, suggesting others are not.

– Beg to be heard; they demand that everyone should listen to them, e.g. If you actually love me.

– Promote and defend all detestable practices; this is to show how open they are while accusing anyone who has any moral restraint of being intolerant, bad, etc.

– Express condescension and their superiority over beliefs and ideas held by others, they presume atheism is the highest ideal of human thought.

– Express contempt for true Christianity; while spewing platitudes, flattery and applause for fake or weak Christianity.

– Misdirection of false arguments; Christianity, God, Churches, religion, and individual believers are all different, by blending these all into one, they try to elevate their opinions and rants into supporting argument, without any rationale or substance.

Here is what the Bible says:

Psalm: 14. 1.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

Proverbs: 1. 7.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Titus: 3. 3-7

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Proverbs: 12. 15-16.

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.  Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs: 14. 3, 7-9, 24.

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.  7. Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.  8. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.  9. Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.  24. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.

Proverbs: 15: 2, 5.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.  5. A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

Proverbs: 18. 2, 6-7.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.  The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.  The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

Proverbs: 29. 11.

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

Proverbs: 17. 7, 21.

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler!  21. To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

Isaiah: 32. 6.

For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the Lord; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.

Proverbs: 23. 9.

Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

Proverbs: 10. 8, 14.

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.  14. The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Romans: 1. 18-32.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.  Amen.  Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.  Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.  Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.  They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.  They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

 

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