I wholeheartedly agree! That is why on my 1st post to the forums, I said that, and why I am here. I enjoy debating and learning from those who will generally remain civil beacause they know that insulting is not from God, but edifying, and more importantly, that we know this is just fun free tie activities. It doesn't in any way change the meaning of life of the goodness of God or the firm foundation we have in Jesus because if the truth of what Jesus did for us by atoning for our sins.
The only important thing is life is as Jesus said, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself. The Bible clearly and repeatedly says this over and over and over again and parallels it over and over again before these words were spoken by Jesus even.
However knowing there are some atheists that frequent these sites, to share with them the love of God and to shine His light to them that are truly seeking Him (or to fill a void in heir life that nothing else they have found yet can fill), that they will find Him.
I fully agree. Very small consequences, but interesting and fun to ponder none the less.
I mostly agree with you on this. Especially if it is an atheist who's foundation/God is man and his intelligence and if you try to challenge that, he will defend with frightened veracity like a cornered animal. But also, to a believer who also builds their foundation on the literal genesis account (many, not all YECs), and not the more important gospel of Christ, will also defend their foundation/god with that same frightened veracity.
If we can show that our foundation is on who God is and the truth, light, peace, and joy, and fulfillment that only He can give us, and the rest of these debates are just an extremely small part of our lives, that can help edify som elf the YECs, and glorify God, and lead an atheist to know God, it is all for Gods glory!
That is why I joined this forum. Jew for the Jews a biologos, for the biologos....1 cor 9:20.
God has given me a real interests in these things, so as to participate in dialogue and make relationships with. If I just came on here and shared the gospel....as good as it is, would not resonate with many. This is why Jesus always related to those and healed people and ate with people first, and THEN, shared the gospel with them. We were created to be a lovimg people, that make relations with others and relationship with God. I enjoy all the education from others, I am learning a lot, I still have my own theory on other things, but that is just how I relate ( genuine interest thoug, not false relations or interests), and share the love of God to all.
If God uses me or my words or insights to help an active member or a casual internet browser and uses my words to reveal Him to them, amen. If not, I still live my life for the means, not the ends. God is in charge of the results/ends, it's my job to attempt to honor Him and give Him glory with my means/present actions. I feel to often people want to control the ends, and (possibly unintentionally) make themselves or their logic a god, thinking they can and should convert people and live by the ends.
Sorry for the thread derailment.