Is Debating Authorized By The Bible ?

Many Christians are opposed to religious debating, but it shows they value their own opinion higher than God’s, because it is clear God approves of this type teaching method. Notice the following Bible passages proving such …

Acts 17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. – The word “disputed” in the KJV is the equivalent of our word “debated” now.

Acts 19:8-10 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of threemonths,disputing andpersuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. – If religious debating is so bad, why did Paul choose to do it every day for two whole years?

Acts 15:7,9 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them … And when there had been much disputing … – Even debating between Christians is approved by God’s word in order to try to resolve doctrinal differences.

Jude verse 3 tells us to “contend for the faith.” Although that would certainly include contending for the truth privately, it would also authorize doing it publicly if the situation warranted such.

Proverbs 25:9 tells us to “Debate thy cause with thy neighbor.” What other cause is more important than the cause of Christ?

Paul said he was “set for the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17). Are you?

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