There are many discussion groups online where open minded religious and non-religious folk can get together and exchange ideas. Many of these groups (or at least the ones I frequent) are places where differing ideas are gently exchanged with the understanding that disagreements will occur no matter what, as is the nature of the conversations taking place.
For the most part everyone is civil and the information exchanges are often enlightening and educational for people on either side of belief…
…but every now and then a ‘Ronald’ comes along, as can be seen in the thread below. While believers like this provide great entertainment for atheists and Christians alike, they also cause harm to people in religious communities who try to convey an image of open mindedness, kindness, and acceptance- all that “WWJD” stuff. Anyone who engages in online debates in this fashion: please stop. You are doing your fellow believers a disservice and not offering any reason for atheists to consider your side of the story. In fact, the only thing you provide is evidence of believers’ inability to think critically and engage in open minded discussion.
And continues on this way for awhile, some serious comments, disagreements, humor, the usual…
Next minute, enter Ronald (seen highlighted by the red squares)….
I think he wants atheists to type the words “I REFUSE SATAN AND ALL HIS WORKS” – does he think by ‘tricking’ us into doing this we will be converted? Does he think by someone refusing that serves as evidence that atheists are satanists? Is there ANY method to this madness?
Guess not! And as hard as it might be to believe, it gets worse…
Again….HUH? He’s just descended into animal sounds and gibberish, and along with a seemingly randomly chosen bible verse, that’s what he leaves us with. Fantastic contributions, mate!
So there you have it: don’t be this guy! Don’t make fools of yourselves. If you don’t have the ability to enter into conversations without resorting to nonsensical garbage, don’t join in on those conversations. You’re not upsetting atheists, only educated, open minded theists who are interested in having intelligent discussions. You bring them down with your idiocy, and your actions reflect badly on your entire community, not just you as an individual.