Fair Biblical Fora
This is a comment posted by a reader:
Your reply to my blog entitled “The Power that Drives Me” caught my attention while I was very busy preparing for a “Bible Exposition” in Northern Luzon, Philippines. I am a very busy person; Sometimes, not physically, but mentally.
If I am not the first person whose mind is very busy, I can certainly feel I am not the last. The Apostle Paul experienced the same thing.
Thinking of what to teach to our congregation and to those outside (the congregation) definitely does not tire me. I believe in the promise of the Lord that He will give the teachings at the perfect time they are needed by His people.
Irrefutable teachings from the Bible come to my mind very easily. I believe it is God’s working that His truth is revealed to me even if I am not thinking of it. These are revelations meant by God for His people.
I do not just say this, but this has been experienced by thousands upon thousands of people who come to our “Bible Expositions” asking all kinds of questions, being answered directly from the verses of the Bible.
Although I am presently very busy, I welcome your suggestion with an open mind and heart; if there will be a forum of religious preachers and leaders, who will come together in order to discuss issues regarding faith and religion. Please register my name in that forum at once. If you want to spearhead such a forum, you have all my backing up (of course, mine is very little; but the backing up of the Bible means everything).
The gathering of people of all nations may not be physically possible now; but I believe it is very much possible through the internet. We can, by this technology, organize Bible-centered forums where people could witness who among the representatives of different faiths and religions declare God’s former things and the TRUTH.
I believe the internet is now the most civilized avenue for people to argue because, through this technology, there is no chance that anybody would be harmed by the ill-tempered and the hypocrites who claim that they are of God.
Just very recently, a discussion between two groups who both claim that they are the only people of God (but I believe they are both of satan) clashed violently against each other (see reference below). In the internet, this will not happen.
One of our ministers experienced the same thing with these people; but our group did not go down to their level (see video below).
God wants us to reason out together to see the real and the whole picture of the truth, but without violence.
To reason out together with the intent of knowing the truth and finding atonement for sins is something Godly. Discussions that end up violently harming people, especially the innocent, is satanic.
Christ said this when the Jews tried to kill Him during one of His argumentations against them. To argue and to reason out with people in search for the ‘Divine Truth’ regarding salvation is a Godly intent in the heart of a true preacher of God.
Even the Supreme Court of the Philippines has upheld in its doctrines and jurisprudence the constitutional right of the people to discuss and argue about pertinent issues of faith (see reference below).
Sad to say, we do not anymore enjoy this right as a group. The Chairman (La Guardia) of the Movie and Television Review and Classifications Board (MTRCB), under the office of the President of the Philippines and the Kapisan ng mga Broadkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) had prohibited us mentioning or criticizing the wrong teachings and abuses of other religious groups while we are being freely maligned by them in almost every medium of communication.
It will be a very fair forum if we can use the internet to discuss matters of faith in biblical fora. To your suggestion, I say Amen! God bless you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Bro. Eli Soriano