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Old 11-02-2011, 10:25 AM
Parson Julabee Jones Parson Julabee Jones is offline
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This very human desire to debate, or to hold forth with your opinions is as old as rocks, and a very cherished tradition. Two thousand years ago, Dr. Luke, in the book of Acts described a good portion of the citizenry of Athens with,

"(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)" Acts 17:21.

And don't forget old Barabbas was a rabble-rousing, murdering, thieving preacher of sedition...and look how his expertise in these matters led to his being released from custody, while Jesus took the rap.

The power to debate, convince, communicate, cajole, move others, influence friends and enemies...is a powerful thing. Note your current president, who sits in that chair today due far more to his ability to do those things, than his ability to lead effectively. You might even think of Hitler in this same regard, who at least and in addition, could lead.

Atheists have no God, no ears to hear, no eyes to see, no heart to touch, no normally functioning intellect, in fact, are obviously flawed abberations, mutants, actual true zombies, and should be seen as objects of abject pity, rather than targets of debate. They are living nothings...but could be seen as walking opportunities on which to practice your skills of rhetoric, debate and command of the language.

On the other hand, heretics, sectists and cultists, catholics and baptists and other religious types obviously have at least a tacit or latent acknowledgement of a god of some sort, and are generally much more accepting of correction, rebuke, direction, exhortation and a good dose of truth, at least, ever now and again.

I have no need of practice, and thus, have no truck with atheists. But with religious folks, there is at least the possibility of profitable debate, discussion, even argument, as Paul found in that same scene described by Luke above,

"And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. Acts 17:32-34.

So giv'em what for Bo. Who knows, in doing that, you may hone your skills to such a sharply fine tuned instrument, that you might even manage to pass a collection plate amongst them, and make a few bucks. Oh my Word! You might even have what it takes to become a politician!! or even better, a preacher!!!
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