When We Disagree

There are issues and questions over which godly, intelligent, and studious Christians have disagreed for decades and generations.  Many, if not most, of us are troubled by the disagreement.

Some react with vigorous debate, attempting to prove the right answer.  Some withdraw, guessing that if the issue has not been resolved after years of discussion,  most likely a clear answer does not exist.  So they are not interested.

It seems that different conclusions reached by godly, gifted, and experienced Bible students come not from stupidity, perversity, or ignorance, but because they assign different weight to the items of evidence.

Suggestions for proceeding:  1)  I will beware of “foolish, ignorant disputes.”  I Timothy 2: 14,24.    2)  If a question or issue is prompted by Scripture, I should be interested.   3)  I will not quarrel. I Timothy  2: 24    4) I may retreat to Psalm 131, “Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.”  5) No one lives long enough to thoroughly review every issue.  For some subjects I will trust my elders.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.


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