DON’T FOCUS ON JUST WINNING AN ARGUMENT

Saturday: 24th November, 2018

Reference text: Luke 20:27-40

Luke 20:33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

The sadducees in today’s Gospel created a scenario that makes one go like ‘really,? ‘How did you come up with this? The actual intellect and intent that probably went into the crafting of the question posed to Jesus, is one that ought to leave us baffled whenever this text is read.

Nonetheless, one thing that sticks out about these guys is ‘they believed that there was no resurrection.’ Hence, the clearest intention we can identify behind their action is nothing but ‘malice’ and the desire to win an argument. They might have thought that by posing ‘an impossible question’ about the resurrection, an inappropriate answer would mean that their line of argument emerged victorious.

Consequently, the question also emerging from their chain of thought to us is : ‘How far will you go to prove that you are right and everybody else is wrong? You will probably answer’ all the way, to the very end’. But unless you have real facts, you might find yourself raising your shoulders, knocking heads together, grabbing straws and even make others feel inferior as you strive to win that argument.

Even though sometimes it is the case, often, the fact that we hold different opinions about a subject matter does not mean that one is wrong and the other correct. It is possible we are only viewing the situation from different perspectives. And one gains nothing therefore, by pushing forward their agenda over and above that of everyone else because – ‘I won the argument’ is just a self-satisfying statement.

Remember# don’t force it, because winning a single argument does not make you successful in changing mindsets.

#sly

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