To debate or not to debate.

April 4, 2014.

Tonight I attended a debate between Kyle Butt and Dr. Bart Ehrman on the topic of “the pain and sorrow in the world indicate that the Christian God does not exist.” I enjoyed the debate for the most part and I think some interesting points we’re brought up and refuted. I’m on the road, so I don’t think I will expound on the debate tonight, but I probably will tomorrow.

Before I do this, however, I would like to express the importance of our actions as opposed to winning arguments. Arguments will arise and we are called to be ready always to give an answer for our faith (I Peter 3:15). But first and foremost, we are here to save souls. I would like to think that if I were to ever enter a debate, I would not take the view of I’m trying to win the debate, but rather I want you to know Jesus. I’m not here to win anything other than other brothers and sisters in Christ.

Unfortunately, in the debate setting, neither side is truly open to listening to the other side’s point. Debates are typically for the audience. This is where I think a weak point in the concept of a debate is. Regardless, if this debate helped one person come closer to salvation, then good came from it.

Let us remember why we are here and that we are not enemies of people, but enemies of sin. We are called to be Christians and spread the love of God. Let us all come to the unity of the faith and seek and save the lost. More on the debate tomorrow.

Suggested Daily Reading: Ephesians 1-4.

The Lord be with you.”

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