Shepherd Sayings August 3, 2017
A wise old gentleman left behind some good advice about how to get along with quarrelsome folks. He said, “Don’t argue with a fool, because somebody might see you and not be able to tell the difference.” I never could quite decide if he meant that it was foolish to argue or that only a fool would argue with a fool, or when you argue, don’t let yourself get out of control and act the fool. I final decided it really didn’t make much difference since the end result was the same.
The truth is, you can’t argue a person into believing anything. Think about it for a moment. The Bible says the fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1) Now folks, it is foolishness to try to argue that person into believing there is a God since only God can deal with an unbeliever’s lack of faith.
Take for example the Biblical account of Jesus calling his first disciples. Jesus said to Philip, “Follow me.” Immediately Philip found his friend Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about … Jesus of Nazareth.” “Nazareth! Can any good thing come from there?” Nathanael asked. (John 1:43-46)
Phillip could have launched into a long argument defining his reason for believing that he had truly found the Savior of the world. However, he knew Nathanael well enough to know he could not argue him into believing. So, his reply is simply an invitation to Nathanael, “Come and see.” (John 1:46) Nathanael met Jesus and Jesus made a believer out of Nathanael.
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