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No. 0     Original Topic:  Debating the Law of God   
By:  Verbatim   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Sep 27, 2017 at 9:01 AM   Viewed 962 times     
The Bible is clear on debating God's word.

Proverbs 20.3
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.



Websters 1828 Dictionary


DEBATE, noun

1. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for elucidating truth; strife in argument or reasoning, between persons of different opinions, each endeavoring to prove his own opinion right, and that of his opposer wrong; dispute; controversy; as the debates in parliament or in congress.

2. Strife; contention.

Behold, ye fast for strife and debate Isaiah 1:8.

3. The power of being disputed; as, this question is settled beyond debate; the story is true beyond debate

4. debate or debates, the published report of arguments for and against a measure; as, the debates in the convention are printed.


DEBATE, verb transitive To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain a cause by reasoning; to dispute; to discuss; to argue; to contest, as opposing parties; as, the question was debated till a late hour.

DEBATE thy cause with thy neighbor himself. Proverbs 25:9.

DEBATE, verb intransitive

1. To debate on or in, to deliberate; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind.

2. To dispute.

3. To engage in combat.



Romans 1.29
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

II Timothy 2.14
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Titus 3.9
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

No. 1     Reply: Re: Debating the Law of God   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM     
Thank you Verbatim. A great thread topic to be appreciated.

I know I have failed in this area in days gone by and I pray to honor God in this area in days to come! He is the Truth and the "light." Light 'illuminates.' This is not accomplished through strife.

Yet, we see wars by man's hands and murder with the suggestion such is proper (we see people suggesting what is bad as good and suggesting what is good as bad. The worse is the performance of bad suggesting it is spreading the Gospel ...

It is as if blaming God for what a human does that is not proper (all things permissible, but not all is profitable while we exist under liberty). As my faith grows, I am certain the Truth will reach those He chooses when people submit to Him and His authority without debate (but humbleness and obedience), because He is a God that opens our eyes with the Greatest Love that man has ever witnessed: Offering His Own Blood/Christ laying down His life -- so that we might live.

Random thoughts (apologies if seemingly off topic -- I see depth and richness in this post and understanding).

Romans 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.

A great post, Verbatim for understanding. Thank you. :2thumbs:


No. 2     Reply: Re: Debating the Law of God   
By:  Verbatim   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Sep 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM     
This be pleasing to the Lord Jesus...


From: Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.


Iron sharpeneth iron,.... A sword or knife made of iron is sharpened by it; so butchers sharpen their knives; 

so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend; by conversation with him; thus learned men sharpen one another's minds, and excite each other to learned studies; Christians sharpen one another's graces, or stir up each other to the exercise of them, and the gifts which are bestowed on them, and to love and to good works. So Jarchi and Gersom understand it of the sharpening of men's minds to the learning of doctrine; but Aben Ezra, takes it in an ill sense, that as iron strikes iron and sharpens it, so a wrathful man irritates and provokes wrath in another. Some render the words, "as iron delighteth in iron, so a man rejoiceth the countenance of his friend", (i): by his company and conversation. 
No. 3     Reply: Re: Debating the Law of God   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 27, 2017 at 1:02 PM     

I would agree with this too, Verbatim.

May the Lord bless! (a busy time or I might offer accompanying Scripture). Thanks for the great post!

No. 4     Reply: Re: Re: Debating the Law of God   
By:  Verbatim   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Sep 27, 2017 at 1:10 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


I would agree with this too, Verbatim.

May the Lord bless! (a busy time or I might offer accompanying Scripture). Thanks for the great post!




That's okay...just acknowledge God, not me.


hope you are staying strong, keep it up!...:smile:
No. 5     Reply: Re: Debating the Law of God   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 28, 2017 at 1:09 PM     
hope you are staying strong, keep it up!...


Thoughts shared with Paul ...

Philippians 4:12 I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. 14Nevertheless, you have done well to share in my affliction.

15And as you Philippians know, in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church but you partnered with me in the matter of giving and receiving. 16For even while I was in Thessalonica, you provided for my needs once and again. 17Not that I am seeking a gift, but I am looking for the fruit that may be credited to your account. 18I have all I need and more, now that I have received your gifts from Epaphroditus. They are a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.


In enduring current affliction ... Yesterday, women from a Church I've attended with a friend (not my own Church) had a member bring a hot cooked meal to my Mom and I. While the meal was delicious -- the love given nourished us in a way even greater. I am thankful to the Lord First always. I am also grateful to you, Verbatim. You are solid.