- Mar 15, 2017
I am put in mind of Proverbs by your point - Solomon writes two apparently contradictory statements right next to one another - why someone who primarily asked for wisdom would do that started to bother me...John 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. --- Real Jesus
John 8;14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true:
--- Real Jesus
Which one are you going to believe?
Check out these two verses that follow on from one another...
4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
These verses were penned immediately after one another! I guess you have to start by defining terms...
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
When the Bible describes a person who says in his heart that their is no God, it apparently makes an ad hominem attack on such folk by describing them as fools.
To the apparent contradiction, you might think that Solomon had drank one too many Royal wines that evening and lost his thread, or you may consider that those words applied to particular fools (those who say there is no God) and specific contexts.
Here you might be called to exercise wisdom in dealing with such people, when to reply and when to simply leave it. Perhaps a potential respondent might consider the wider perception of the words spoken by this person and trade off adding fuel to the fire, set against appearing not to have good answers to questions.
Case in point has been the "discussions" you have had over the last few days on this forum. Your comments have been plentiful but your likes have been few.
Accordingly, I will no longer be spending time replying (even if in doing so I might be accused of failing to follow the advice of Proverbs 26:4) as I think that Proverbs 26:5 is more correctly applied here.