It is anticipated that the subjects discussed on this site may be welcomed by some but seem controversial to others. As certain as I may be about what I believe to be true, I recognize that I do sometimes make mistakes, and I reserve the right to change my mind if I am in error. As such I try to always remain open-minded and to be willing to study the scriptures with anyone who sincerely wants to talk.
(17) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
1 Peter 3:15
(15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
From my personal experience I have found that many people will freely quote 1 Peter 3:15 and proclaim that they are ready to give an answer, but when they are tested, they usually decide that "they have no time" because they are such busy people with more important things to do.
Some people seem to interpret this verse to mean that they only need to be ready to give an answer if someone humbly and meekly grovels before them and asks to be indoctrinated. So if you challenge them on the scriptures and they become uncomfortable, they can declare that you are not really sincere in "wanting to learn" and they turn away.
I believe the Christian is commanded to be ready to give an answer for reasons that are twofold. The first and primary reason is for our own benefit. We need to know what we believe, and why, and it must be a reasonable and rational faith that can be defended from the scriptures. Thus, we must always be ready to be tested and sometimes even corrected, and perhaps by this process we might also help someone else besides ourselves.
(16) Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
(17) And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
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(20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
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