I must start off this post today with an apology. Also, I want to repent. But first, let me give you a little background on why I feel compelled to do this….
You may have noticed over the last several months that fewer and fewer atheists are posting on Atheist Tuesdays, articles written especially for them; there are at least two reasons for this.
Reason #1: Unbelievers get very frustrated that I don’t answer all their multitudes of questions, which are inevitably followed up by a plethora of additional inquiries, and then succeeded by still further clarifications. Some of the questions are sincere but the majority of them are a waste of my time when most can be answered by Googling or going to an apologetics site. So I don’t answer them.
And they quit.
One of the more corrosive of the lot wrote this about being “censored” at this blog: “No big deal I was about done with him anyway he is a serious girlyman.” (sic)
Another, ExPatMat, got so upset he wrote, “We’ll have to agree that you’re a
expletive deleted. I’m done with this blog.”
This is an evangelism blog. My time is best spent on encouraging believers, specifically, believers who share their faith. All 2% of them.
I will say this to the atheists who have given up on this blog: Sayanara to the cynical. (To be quite honest, I can’t understand why atheists would want to deal with someone as intractable and pig-headed as me. There is just no way that I will deviate from the truth of who Jesus is. It would be like denying my wife and children exist.)
“But,” an atheist may write (as one has), “according to 1 Peter 3:15 you are to ‘always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. ‘ “
This is indeed true. I’ve answered the majority of questions or provided resources that would be helpful to an inquiring mind. Proverbs 26:5 says “Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.” I have done it.
Lately though, Proverbs 26:4 seems to fit the occasion better: “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. “
Reason #2 (on why fewer atheists are posting to this blog): I’ve banned or “censored” them.
Some atheists are so crude and uncouth, lacking any dignity or tact and discretion, that I’ve decided to ban them, or “censor” them severely. I’ve offered a way for them to be restored to commenting on this blog: apologize. But knowing the pride of the human condition, I do not expect them to ever humble themselves and admit that they were wrong.
One of the banned atheists wrote an email proving my point: “I thought about apologizing, just so I could clear some things up. But I get the feeling you would post the apology but wouldn’t allow anything else.”
The other banned atheist (of whom I have deleted all references to him at this site) wrote, “It’s because you don’t deserve an apology and in fact owe US apologies for the dishonest
deleted crudity you have pulled by censoring and re-writing our posts to take them 180 degrees out of context.”
When I challenged two Christian commenters who were guilty of too much snarkiness to apologize, they did.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
“The proud and arrogant man—“Mocker” is his name;
he behaves with overweening pride.”
So, I say “Adios!” to the arrogant. (But I know you will still check in and read these columns.)
Which brings me to my apology and repentance.
I apologize to the Christians who have had to endure much contempt by Godless unbelievers here. I’ve allowed too many nasty comments, too many insults, and too many disrespectful remarks against my God.
No more. I repent.
I’m going to go back to the original mission statement of this blog: Written to be an encouragement to those who share their faith and a motivation to those who don’t.
I may still have the occasional post addressed to atheists, possibly even weekly, but I will be more diligent in deleting offensive comments, which means I’ll be back to getting five or less comments a week.
I close with the words of Jesus: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”
As we have seen here, this statement continues to be true.