I WILL WILLINGLY ANSWER YOUR BIBLE QUESTIONS - BUT ANSWERING YOUR BIBLE QUESTIONS DOES NOT MEAN......
I will willingly answer your Bible questions and I have several years experience of doing so. I am asked rather a lot of questions every month but people usually comment on how quickly I answer these since most Bible teaching sites do not answer individual questions at all, but here at UK Apologetics we feel it is rather important to keep up this individual and personal aspect of our work.
So I will willingly get back to you when you ask me Bible questions, but I cannot:
* Get involved in a lengthy theological argument. If you are convinced that I am wrong in some way that is fine, but then why argue? I have learned to recognise a certain very argumentative type who will occasionally contact us - not with a simple and reasonable question - but with an e mail of ridiculous length in which he or she (it is usually 'he') attempts to lecture to us on where we are wrong! The huge majority of people of this sort always seem to feel that they have much more Bible knowledge than they actually have; their real love is disputing - not asking serious, thoughtful questions. All I can say is that the beliefs which you will find expounded on our websites are the most reasonable explanations of the Christian Scriptures as far as I am concerned, and I have been a student of the Holy Bible for 45 years. I may be wrong in some area, but when I become convinced of that – through a deeper understanding of Holy Scripture – I will change. Here are two things which will never make me change my understanding of a biblical Scripture/Doctrine:
a. Current trends in modern society such as the so-called "emancipation of women," 'political correctness', liberalism or moral relativism.
b. Because somebody foolishly thinks they can bully me into changing!
* Neither can I read through very long e mails where those e mails are not asking clear and specific questions - sorry, I just don't have the time.
Because I receive so many questions I will often just make a brief comment and recommend the reading of a certain article/articles (I include the hypertext link to the article within the e mail). I may do this because I know that the particular question is covered in that article, but unfortunately a few people want all the answers without reading anything, but is that ever possible in any area of life? Mostly, people are polite and respectful when asking Bible questions but a few, as already mentioned, just like controversy and a few such people can take up hours of my time if I allow them to. I'm sorry, but I no longer allow them to.
My greatest joy is in helping somebody deepen their knowledge of Scripture who is humble and willing to learn, but I refuse to become involved in "points scoring" arguments with stubborn people who are convinced that they already know all the answers! What is the point?
Many of the more thoughtful and interesting questions are then used in our 'A Question I Was Asked' series, but, of course, we respect the confidentiality of the questioner and no names are quoted. Those particular articles can be found in Recent Specific Questions.
OH, JUST FOUR OTHER THINGS, AND THESE ARE IMPORTANT:
1. You may ask 1-3 questions in one e mail, but PLEASE, no more; don't forget, I get asked a lot of questions by many enquirers.
PLEASE DON'T send a very long e mail which has questions buried within it - somewhere! Ask 1-3 numbered questions at the start of your e mail. It is not reasonable to send me an e mail of ridiculous length; please accept and understand that I am very busy and a very long e mail may well mean that I never read it.
2. Allow me a reasonable amount of time in getting an answer to you; mostly I answer within a day quite comfortably, and sometimes even within an hour or two.
3. Ensure that you use a bone fide and currently functioning e mail address - otherwise how can I ever get back to you? It sounds obvious but on several occasions I have been unable to get back to a questioner because he or she used either a non-functioning e mail address, or an e mail address with a strict anti-spam guard.
4. I answer a question and will often then answer any further follow-up comments from the questioner, but I normally never send a third response beyond that since I just don't have the time, but I especially don't send a third response where I note a tendency towards disputing and arguing by a questioner who has not 'taken on board' my earlier response.
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