Fading Existence

As the flower of the field he shall pass away. It’s petals wilt and the beauty of it’s appearance is destroyed. So too is the man in the midst of his pursuits. At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration at it’s beautiful face it fades away to nothing

debating point –> breaking point


As those close to me know, I have always enjoyed good debate. Yet, I have come more and more to let myself walk away from discussion when debates become arguments.

I think the difference is important to note –

de?bate noun, verb, -bat?ed, -bat?ing.

1. a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints: a debate in the Senate on farm price supports.

ar?gu?ment ?/??rgy?m?nt/ S –noun

1. an oral disagreement; verbal opposition; contention; altercation: a violent argument.

I believe that the difference between the two is mainly the contention aspect of an argument.

I think that this is a very pressing issue within the church today. While I know that I hold some viewpoints that are very different from those around me, I am open to listen others and share reasonable points. While this may not always lead to a change of view, it allows both sides to grow. I understand that there are some viewpoints that cannot be overlooked and even Paul and Barnabas had their differences to the point of separating themselves from one another.

Yet, somewhere along the line do you think that we have begun to view discrepancies in belief as something irreconcilable? Within the church I feel that unless it is a matter of salvation it should never become a point of dissension among believers? Do I make too little of varying points?

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