My intention when first beginning this blog was to allow any and all appropriate comments and questions to be published. As long as the opinion expressed was free from obscenity I have always been careful to allow even the most disagreeable comments to appear on Answers From The Book. I believed that remarks which challenged my beliefs and writings were mostly healthy and, since I really have nothing to fear from opposing viewpoints, could possibly open a door for a fruitful discussion.
Over the past 7 and a half years, I have received hundreds of messages ranging from the inspirational and uplifting to the debased and blasphemous. At one point, I had the time and interest in addressing many of these negative comments with the hope that, even if the person writing the comment itself was unreceptive, perhaps someone else reading the discussion might find the information helpful. Long ago I abandoned trying to directly respond to each and every detractor and became much more selective over which ones I would engage with.
Now I find it necessary to take things a step further. Over recent months, this website has attracted the attention of more and more people who seem to enjoy spending their time heckling websites about Christianity, a belief-system that they vehemently assert they reject entirely. What would possess someone to compose lengthy attacks against something that they regard as nonsensical fairy tales is curious in itself, but such is the nature of their obsession.
To be honest, I myself have grown tired of reading their garbage and no longer wish to have my website littered with their hateful diatribes. I have spent a great deal of time attempting to reason with many of these folks and have learned that most of them have no real interest in what those who disagree with them have to say. Anything that challenges their pre-conceived notions is usually brushed aside or ignored altogether.
This blog is written for the purpose of edifying Christians and for presenting the Gospel message to the unsaved who are willing to listen. It is not a sounding board for militant atheism and those frustrated and angry with the Christian Faith. There are enough websites and forums for that and precious few which present a God-centered, Biblical worldview.
It is not my intention to silence opposing views but to discontinue allowing those with their own agenda to come here and attempt to “shout me down” in the comments. I’m not afraid that their arguments are unanswerable, it’s just not worth my time and effort to try to persuade those who won’t even listen. I would never allow skeptics to come into a church and spray paint their anti-Christian messages on the walls and I suppose that I feel similarly about allowing them to virtually do the same thing here.
I will still be allowing comments on my posts, but if your purpose is to ridicule, mock, heckle, and attack Christianity in general, be aware that your comments will not be published.