The Bible is strangely very involved with how we deal with skeptics. It's a common thing to meet with someone that disagrees with you. It's going to happen regardless of what you believe, what faith you subscribe to, what political party you belong to, or even what books you like to read. Everyone has their own set of opinions and everyone has ways of expressing those views when they meet someone that disagrees with us. Most reasonable people who have made up their minds will choose to ignore someone if they hold a different opinion, most especially strangers. Don't like someone's opinion? Okay. You move on with life. Your conflict is over with before it started and you'll forget you even saw that someone had the nerve to have an opinion that differed from yours. If you are open to discussion, open to considering other viewpoints, and open to a civilized dialogue then perhaps you engage. Ask questions, making no personal attacks on the person or their opinion as a whole. Honest, civilized dialogue invites honest, civilized dialogue. This is where someone is open to new ideas or at least open to respecting an idea that's contrary to their own.
Then you have the majority of the internet.
Personal worth, self-affirmation, and minor ego-boosts are earned by individuals who are so depraved that they can honestly find so little to give their life meaning that they devote themselves to seeking out anyone and everyone who dares to hold an opinion that they don't like. They feel socially obligated to set up a soap box in the comment section of every youtube video, faebook post, and DA work and journal that rubs them the wrong way. These individuals are miserable and as they say, misery loves company. They cannot stand to live in a world where another opinion exists. They feel their angry comments and thinly veiled insults will result in a mindblowing moment of enlightenment for those that they're attacking or those that may happen upon their brilliantly written comment. Even if they're told that there is no interest in an argument, they force their point as if their very soul depends on it.
Honestly, I don't bother with the later any more. I have debated my fingers blue on the internet and I have changed not one single mind. Not one argument that came against me swayed my opinion on anything. If anything, I spend time researching the counter-points brought up so I do have an answer. Internet social justice warriors earn a quick spot on my ignored list because I am tired of arguing with walls. I'm tired of the same talking points from different sources. The same angry faithless memes and quotes from the flock of the secular world.
I don't engage much online anymore. You cannot show sincerity or look someone in the eyes. You can't speak in a soft tone or reach out and touch a shoulder. You are a wall of text to these angry individuals and your time is wasted on them. The bible says do not get caught up in stupid debates, don't even try to discuss things with men already sold out to false doctrines. It creates strife- both for you and them. Pick your battles wisely. We don't change hearts, God does. If you know that a heart has a wall built around it, leave them to God. Don't go bloodying yourself trying to bring the wall down alone.
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us."
"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be."
"What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it."
Commissions & Trades I'm waiting on:
Some of these are pretty recent but there are a few that are slowly gathering dust. I'm leaving them up as a reminder to myself (and hopefully the other artists involved).
At this point...these sit here as "Buyer Bewares":
Two character full body lineart from
- My end of the trade is complete as of September 14, 2009
Five Chibis from
- Paid on December 29,2012 | 1/5 received |
Latest ParaChiMar Artwork:
Seriously! How beautiful is this?! I cannot thank
enough for giving Thalion some life this year. He's one of my oldest, most dear characters and she's captured him perfectly. Thank you so much! ;A; He's stunning!
Legacy of Para group on DA!
and myself decided it's about time we start up a group for ParaChiMar: The Legacy of Para. For those interested this group is pretty much just a good place to dump all of our LoP artwork, trades, commissions, and fanart into. I've also made a small stamp collection to celebrate. Check us out. :3
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