Friday, March 30, 2007

Which is it?

Prov. 26:4Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, or you might also be like him.
Prov. 26:5Answer 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

4 comments:

Howard Parks said...

You will never see this one on a list of "all the contradictions in the Bible" but it's the only real one: one statement says do, the other says don't. And you're right; the solution is to learn how to tell who is listening and who isn't. Years of Internet Relay Chat have given me lots of practice. I do best when I rely on the leading of the Spirit, and remember verses about gentle, respectful answers.

Milton Stanley said...

Amen.

Sista Cala said...

Learning when to speak and when to be quiet is all about listening to the Holy Spirit. He is the One qualified to give you the proper directions and answer if you are to give one.

Milton Stanley said...

Amen. You got that right! Peace.