Futile Arguments

A foolish donkey adamantly said: “The grass is blue.”  The intelligent tiger was upset, angry and annoyed and shouted: “The grass is green.”  After several rounds of shouting, the matter was taken to the King of the Jungle, a lion.  Donkey said to the King Lion: “Sir, the grass I blue.  Tiger contradicts me and annoys me.”  The lion said yes, the grass is blue and punished tiger with five years of silence.  Tiger:  “You have punished me, but the grass is green.”   Lion replied: “The truth is the grass is green.  The punishment is not about the colour of the grass.  An intelligent tiger wasted its time in arguments with stupid donkey and my precious time.” 

Bible also warns about such foolish, silly and stupid arguments. 

1) No change:  There are people who behave like swine and Lord Jesus warned not to place pearls before them.  (Matthew 7:6) Even if fools are instructed, they return back to their own ideas and beliefs.  A fool is compared to a dog that returns to its vomit. (Proverbs 26:11)

2) Arrogant arguments:  People who love arguments are proud.  They try to establish their superiority by foolish arrogant words of vanity.  (II Peter 2:18)

3) Mistaken identity:  In arguments, wise people and truth speakers are at the receiving end.  Observers would conclude that all are fools.  “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.”  (Proverbs 26:4)

4) Empty vessels:  There is a proverb: Empty vessels make more noise.  People without reason, facts, truth tend to be screaming during arguments.  “If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. (Proverbs 29:9) 5) Unprofitable talk:  Friends of Job had concluded before listening to Job that he was wrong.  Hence Eliphaz said: “Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?”  (Job 15:3)

5) Avoid: Avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, old lady fables, irreverent silly myths…etc. (Titus 3:9; I Timothy 4:7)

Do I waste my time and energy in unedifying arguments?

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