Prov. 26:4—Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, or you might also be like him.
Prov. 26:5—Answer a fool according to his folly, or else he may consider himself wise in his own conceit.
Hmm. So which is it: answer or don’t answer?
Exactly. That’s what reading the Bible is for. Studying the Word isn’t only about learning what to think. The Bible also teaches us how to think. And we don’t learn how to think by dipping our hands in and pulling out verses here and there to use as we please. We learn by letting the Scriptures use us, by diving in deep day after day so that sometimes we feel like we’re about to drown. But if we keep at it, then talking to fools is only one of the things we’ll learn how to do.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley