Tuesday, March 28, 2006
I'd like to start by saying hello to Mr. Hafley, who I am guessing is looking on here for information to use. So a big "HI." He's probably curious as to what I think happened last night. Did you hear about the guy who went to a fight and a hockey match broke out? I'm not interested in fighting Mr. Hafley, so I didn't. I have concluded that you want to reveal the truth, but to do the best you can, you have to try to win the debate too. Their moderator announces at the beginning that there isn't a winner or loser, and then they proceed to attempt to win. I think we should give in on points when we can. I know there is a fear that it will be used against us, probably because it will be used against us.
Mr. Hafley was in the affirmative. I was the rebuttal. Strangely enough, he acted like I was in the affirmative. His first affirmation was an attack on my position. That ought to be tell-tale. He quoted a Sam Morris and said that was the position he was debating. I read the quote and thought, "Hmmmmm, that isn't exactly my position, oooops." When someone debating you is actually debating someone else, that someone else is called a straw man. You know, like Wizard of Oz. If you remember too, the strawman didn't have a brain. He's much easier to debate.
I have to say, I enjoyed preaching the truth. I was able to get out some great exposition of Scripture that is actually impossible to defeat by itself. The Word of God stands. Some great passages---John 4:13, 14. Jesus said that the water that He offered was not something to drink and drink and drink, but just to drink one time and she would never thirst, the water would spring up to everlasting life. Pretty good, huh? "Drink" is aorist, so it has nothing to do with works, so that if you stop drinking, you stop getting everlasting life. No pun intended, but I thought I'd give you a little taste of what we did last night. Perhaps I'll give a little more tomorrow night. I don't want to give Mr. Hafley too much to read. Oh, the verbal pong. Remember the first video game. I have never been a video game player, but debating is like watching pong. Think about it. Not too long though.