I’ve been reading some threads here that discuss debates between Protestants and Catholics. Are such debates really appropriate? The purpose of a debate is to win. It seems that when we approach questions regarding God, Salvation and Eternity the purpose of our discussions should be to discover the Truth. The question of who wins or loses a debate is answered by who possess the most oratory skill rather than who most understands the Truth.
It seems, based on what I’ve read, that many of these debates devolve into personal attacks and insults. It also seems that most are held before either predominantly Catholic or predominantly Protestant audiences with people cheering for their side and jeering the other rather than trying to understand.
Truth is not determined by who stumps his or her opponent, who gets in the most zingers, who shouts the loudest, who can quote the most Scripture or who has the best delivery. The Truth is what it is regardless of the skill of the person speaking it. Truth is not determined by debate. Truth is discovered by prayer, study and humility.
So, in light of the other threads discussing who won which debate, and in light of my comments I ask…Should we be debating at all?