Ted Davis wrote:
<< In any case I'm more concerned about
truth than about winning an argument." >>
One of the things that sometimes turned Christians
into athiests is that they get caught up in the game
of *winning* debates with the big bad atheist.
It becomes like a good game of chess, and sometimes
you can outwit your opponent if you play the game well.
However, in the processes, you realizes that you have
won only because you have outwitted your opponent, and
not necessarily because you have any real faith that
what you are saying is actually true. We all have
swords, but for every argument we carry, we know there
are counter arguments, and we can just be gambling that
our opponent isn't clever enough for us.
So if I have any advice to give, I would say don't go
to win, go to strengthen your faith. If God thought the
right way to bring people faith was to send out 12 legions
of angels, do you think God wouldn't do it? Yes, the
fundamentalist atheist would be very impressed --- just
as the Jews were so profoundly convinced when they
saw the Red Sea part for themselves.
It is the meek, the poor in spirit, the merciful, the pure
in heart.... These are what win in the kingdom of God.
And it is by Grace alone that we become meek, poor in spirit,
merciful, pure in heart.... and suitable for becoming a
participant in God's economy.
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