Scripture portrays fools as those who have rejected God and his ways and are unable or unwilling to appreciate the wisdom of knowing and obeying him. A great example is “A fool has said in his heart, there is no God.”
So what to do? Argue with atheists? Have wonderful debates over theology and dogma? Not hardly. They can be waste of our time. They can be waste of our words. Jesus warned us to not cast our pearls before swine.
God’s goal: What does God want us to do? We should always answer a legitimate question and give a good defense. Having answered the question, we shouldn’t argue and can move on. God is the one to convict a heart and soul. God wants us to be a messenger, always in a spirit of love.
We are to give a defense of the hope we have to all those who ask. Answers deserve to be given. We are to be gentle and respectful. We sow the seed and then move on if we need to.
Escape quickly from the company of fools; they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words.
Here are some more thoughts to ponder. Are we to avoid and refuse to have anything to do with such foolish thinking? I guess that would save me some time studying apologetics! 🙂
The suggestion from Solomon is to move on quickly. Here are some other thoughts.
- 1 Timothy 6:4 (NASB) — 4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
- 2 Timothy 2:23 (NASB) — 23 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.
- Titus 3:9 (NASB) — 9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.