Why Do People Who Argue Not Let The Speaker Talk?

  It is interesting to watch people, especially when they argue or debate. Debates can be good and productive if they are done properly. If two people can agree to disagree, and provide a platform to ‘talk it out’, that is a great thing to do. Both sides believe they are right and have the words of truth. Since they contradict each other, both of them can’t be right at the same time (although there may be points they can both agree on). 

   As Christians, this can also be a good way to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. While being tempted to overpower the enemy, we can have self-control and patience, which are great virtues. This can also help provide good conversations.

   But my question is ‘Why do people who argue not let the other speaker talk?’. I do see this happening at times. It happens many times while a Christian is talking to a Jehovah’s Witness. I saw this happen in a debate/dialog between a Christian attorney, and a Muslim attorney. The Muslim attorney was already angry with the Christian attorney, and they were both on television when they were debating. The Christian attorney had self control, but the Muslim one just kept on talking and attacking. He almost didn’t even have time to take a breath. The moderator couldn’t even speak for the Muslim attorney just kept talking and talking and interrupting.

   Why do people act like this Muslim attorney? The answer is very simple. The person who is on the other side of truth, does not want to hear truth. He or she will just keep on talking so the person who is presenting the side of truth will not be able to speak. It’s not just the Muslim attorney. It happens all the time in one-on-one conversations.

   One time I was talking to a man who was representing Bahia (pronounced like Ba ho la), and he kept going on and on. I was able to squeeze in a question here and there. I asked him about breaking the 10 Commandments and he seemed offended. He continued on with his ranting and raving (and singing) about Bahia. These people will just keep on talking and talking, so they can drowned out any voice of truth that will come to them. What they don’t realize is how senseless they appear to those watching! Why would I trust what someone says, if they have to drowned out what the other person is saying? They are so afraid of hearing the truth, so they continue to talk and talk and talk until they are finished and then they leave. They have to leave having said the last word.

   Question for them: If they are so sure that they have the truth, why are they so afraid of anything that anyone else would have to say. Only the truth will end up prevailing in the end. If they are so sure they have the truth, they should let the other person speak. They should not be afraid of the truth failing, if that is what they have. Could it be that deep down inside their hearts, they really know that they don’t have the truth?

When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.  But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men.  For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.  After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered.  So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” Acts 5:33-39 ESV


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