A Primer on Forum Etiquette
I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that all Christian viewpoints are welcome.
Prophecy Times was created so that differing Biblical views could be shared side by side from which we all might learn. This site was not created to change the way you interpret the Bible, but to open up new avenues of understanding through other member’s research.
Debate Definition: To engage in a formal argument, fight or quarrel.
Discussion Definition: The examination or consideration of a matter in speech or writing.
We encourage the open discussion of Prophecy and all Biblical matters and related topics.
However; we do not allow Debating as by its definition, arguing, fighting and quarrelling only causes hard feelings, where examination in a friendly Discussion helps in everyone’s better understanding and spiritual growth.
All members are encouraged to discuss or question any post another member writes or submits; but when it looks like a debate, you have the choice where can ignore their comment, or take up the challenge.
Discussions being the main aspect of these forums, it enables others to understand your viewpoint and helps everyone feel like their voice is being heard. But even in discussions, it is likely that at times there will be conflicting views on prophecy, doctrines and scriptural interpretations.
When this occurs please try to keep Prov. 27:17 in mind, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Sometimes when iron sharpens iron in this situation, sparks fly. However, when sparks fly, it is important to maintain a polite, Christ-like attitude.
When discussing any subject, certain guidelines must be maintained to keep this forum a peaceful and safe haven that encourages other believers to post without fear of being attacked for their belief.
There will be no name calling, no swearing and nothing that resembles cyber-bullying. Those who act in such a manner will be given one warning, and then banned if it is repeated. If you feel like these guidelines are not being met by a member, then let me know and I will investigate.
Please do not make a nanny of me. If you take up a discussion, then discuss it out with scripture. If you wish to stop because it seems like it is pointless to continue, may I suggest a couple of "safe phrases" that all members should abide by.
"Let's just agree to disagree” or a simple "I wish to stop this discussion for now".
Once a member makes this request, respect their right not to continue. If the issue is pushed, it will be considered a type of cyber-bullying.
This rule will not apply to original posts, only dialogues that stem from the original article.
Videos and other people’s articles with proper credit are always welcome when they reflect your views and belief (news clips excluded), but please try to avoid them as a discussion tool. If you're in the midst of a discussion, do it from your own personal perspective and in your own words. This is best for all to understand where you are coming from and your personal viewpoint on the given discussion.
Part of the forums is Prophecy related News. I have found that most people do not want long articles, only the meat of the subject. So when possible, I recommend that you write two or three paragraphs in your own words so we understand how this article relates to prophecy and provide the proper page link with the web site and authors name for those whom want further details. Absolutely no copy righted material allowed as per infringement laws outline.
Where a related forum has already been started, adding your prophecy or news clip as a comment allows everyone to see the progression and development in an easy flow topic. A Bible verse backing it up as a possible sign is also encouraged.
Here are some suggestions and reminders on how to have a peaceful and enjoyable discussion.
1. Don't take doctrinal or prophetical issues personally. In most cases it is the issue, not one's character or faith that is questioned.
2. Realize that misunderstandings will occur. Try to resolve them in the private message boards so everyone doesn't have to participate.
3. Chatroll on our home page is another way to talk back and forth without involving the whole community. Set up a date and time and "talk it out"
But do it in a Christ-like manner. Remember, in the end, we're all saved by Grace and therefore on the same team here.
4. Understand that some members might be overly passionate or zealous on an issue. Take some things with a grain of salt.
5. We average 5000 articles read per week. You never know who is reading and watching and how your article and discussion can have an eternal effect on someone. It is possible to disagree and be courteous at the same time.
6. If you don't understand a members viewpoint or reasoning behind their statements. Just simply and politely ask them.
Not one of us has Prophecy 100% figured out, but through friendly discussions we can expand our knowledge of God's Word, even if at times we agree to disagree.
Take everything you read and discuss here back to the Bible for clarification. Through our forums and your own Bible research may God’s Word open up to you in New Inspiration and understanding!
Enjoy the Forums, Brother Chris
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