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Wisdom and Conduct

 

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry:
for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9
When the desire to be right is greater than the desire to learn, the arguments and the banter of opinions have no merit nor honor.

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“So these three men ceased to answer Job,
because he was righteous in his own eyes.…”
Job 32:1


RELIGIOUS CONTROVERSY ISSUING IN UTTER FAILURE. Long was the controversy of Job and his three friends; hot was their spirit, and varied the arguments employed on both sides. But what was the result? Neither party was convinced. Polemics have proved the greatest hindrance and the greatest curse to the cause of truth. “Disagreement,” says F.W. Robertson, “is refreshing when two men lovingly desire to compare their views, to find out truth. Controversy is wretched when it is an attempt to prove one another wrong. Therefore Christ would not argue with Pilate. Religious controversy does only harm. It destroys the humble inquiry after truth; it throws all the energies into an attempt to prove ourselves right. In that disparaging spirit no man gets at truth. ‘The meek will He grade in judgment.’ The only effective way to clear the atmosphere of religious errors, is to stir it with the breath and brighten it with the beams of Divine truth. Bring out the truth, regardless of men’s opinions.”
The Homilist

 

2 Comments

  • Yuliy Valenko says:

    I found that asking questions proves to be the best way to argue.

    ‘please explain me how you see things, I love to hear it’

    Other: ‘blablabla’

    ‘Hmm, thanks, but what about this and this, doesn’t it coincide with this, the thing you told just now?’

    Other: *starts thinking*

    There, once the opposite side is truly thinking, it’s a sign that you are able to get along with their reasoning and plant a seed.

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