My interest in this site is primarily due to the fact that some of my family are Witnesses.
I am aware of the evidence that Witnesses talk about which supposedly proves that the Bible is God's word. I've read the Witness books on the topic and looked at a few web sites. The problem is, the evidence is extraordinarily weak. Did you know that people who believe in the Koran have similar books of evidence that the Koran is God's word? They even have almost identical headings: prophecy, scientific accuracy, and so on. And yet I'd venture that somehow you do not believe in the Koran in spite of this "overwhelming evidence."
but I do not go off like this with regular people on the street. on this site is mostly apostates or apostate types or religious hypocrites and scoundrels big time. I hate to say that but it's true. anyway, that's it for now. also, try focusing more on the sum and substance of what I've been saying, rather than whining and harping about my tone so much. because that's ultimatley the point anyway. I could be the most abrasive guy on the planet, and still be telling you the truth. think about it.
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I thought about it. Now here's something for you to think about. You've made an excellent point: It doesn't matter who a person is - their points should be considered on their own merit. Even the devil can tell the truth, as the saying goes. I agree with that. We must examine any claim on its own merit, without regard to who the person is who is making the claim.
Now here's where the contradiction comes in. In the same breath that you talk about looking at an argument on its merits, you dismiss most of the others on this site as "apostate types or religious hypocrites and scoundrels big time." Do you see the problem here? It doesn't matter whether you think someone is the runt of a litter of piglets. According to you yourself, that is immaterial. What do you have to say about their ideas?
That's the whole problem with labels - they shut down thought. You've made it clear that if you don't like what someone says, you just toss out the "apostate" label instead of responding to their argument. You have done this many, many times on this thread. The Watchtower Society employs this technique all the time. Don't like an argument? Just say that it's "apostate reasoning" and you don't have to respond to its actual content.
In other words, it's not about the other party getting thicker skin. We're all adults here. We can handle a stranger on the other side of the internet calling us names. But people won't waste their time debating with a bombastic blowhard who doesn't take the time to listen to the other side.
Lest you again say that I'm harping on your tone, I'm not. I'm trying to look at what underlies it. Abrasiveness is fine. Dismissiveness of ideas you don't like (via namecalling in your case) is not logical, will not win anyone over to the Christ, and certainly won't win you many friends. Anyway, I'm sorry if this has turned into a sermon. Hope you stick around and learn lots.