The last go round as they say. Well I wasn't looking for this to drag on longer than I can stand beating a dead horse.
Let's see what you have to say.
"For example, 25% of Christians in the US view the Bible as the “literal word of God.”  Of these, over 90% celebrate Christmas.
However, I know my opponent will likely argue that “they aren’t true Bible believers.” In advance, I will criticize any such attempts as the logical fallacy it is."
No disrespect but this just appears as a lack of understanding and no deficiency in confusion.
There's a difference between viewing something as whatever and then actually believing with living in accordance to it .
Really got to get that point across. It's not just titles and beliefs, there's also action involved to follow up with .
But of course according to what you just said, it appears less than 10% are true believers, that is correct.
"To put it kindly, my opponent’s speech is very fluffy."
I think there are those that enjoy fluffy cake. In other words, when it's communication you're debating against, you tend to beat it up, criticize it, name call it .
The more you remonstrate, the fluffier it'll get baby.
"This is a false argument. Nowhere in the scripture does it say not to celebrate Jesus’ birthday – it merely doesn’t specifically mention when Jesus was born."
Wow is this the best you got?
Just ignore what I just said. You need to refute the argument made based on what the scripture said.
It said to honor the Son. If I said respect your mother, does that mean pick a date to do it on ?
When you guys have no rebuttal, you straight ignore the obvious.
"Basically, my opponent’s argument is simply the following flawed syllogism:
P1. Bible believers should not do things the Bible says not to do. "
The Bible says not to kill/murder. Bible believers as described here are not to do that. How is that flawed?
You don't personally know anybody that practices biblical law faithfully do you?
"P2. The Bible says that we should not celebrate Christmas. "
You say that. Don't build a straw man. I never said that. The Bible doesn't say to celebrate it. I believed you checked with your friends on that.
"C1: Bible believers should not celebrate Christmas. "
Amen. Bible believers don't add to scripture by picking out dates to do it.
"This is logically correct, but P2 is flawed – my opponent directly jumped from “it’s not explicitly mentioned” to “it’s condemned.” I fail to see the logic in this. "
I know it's logically correct. Sometimes or many times, there is struggle in understanding.
"Again, this is a non sequitur. Honoring Jesus throughout the year is not mutually exclusive with celebrating his birth during Christmas. There is no “indirectly restricting date setting such as the 25th of December.” Christmas is simply a time to honor the joy Jesus brought to the world by reflecting and appreciating your faith. "
This is totally paradoxical. If you're doing something non-stop, there is no point in having a picked out day for it. Otherwise what is the point of the selected date?
I don't know how you're not following this.
"Although I admit that Christmas may have been over commercialized and drifting away from religion in recent years, this doesn’t mean that religious families can’t have a simple spiritual celebration. "
"Religious families", whoever they are, I'm pointing out the true Biblical ambassadors that actually live according to scripture.
Look, this is no indictment on people that holiday celebrate. If you're one of them, that's all you. I'm just stating a fact about a separate group of people which I think you're conflating with Christianity, religion and religious folk. I'm not even talking about religious individuals.
There's a difference between all of these classifications namely by lifestyle.
So it is true whether you acknowledge it or not, there are people that live and practice strictly what the biblical scripture directs.
The scripture communicates to honor the Son. It gaves no room to chop it up into dates, time-frames and preferences. It leaves it as broad , simple and straight as is. You know that. Since because you know that, you're desperately looking for or was prepared so greatly for me to hand you an argument about where does the Bible say not to celebrate the 25th of December.
You were looking for me to produce that scripture. As you should know by now, if the Bible were to fit every detail specifically in text, how many pages would that be ? I don't know.
As much as there are specific things directly spoken on, there are likewise the things that aren't but only indirectly.
Like the example with the microphone. It's the same case, so I thank you for broaching it.
By the way a spiritual celebration, whatever that means, can be an ongoing thing unless you're referring to Christmas I guess.
The remaining of what you had to say I pretty much already responded to in advance before reading it .
"I extend my arguments regarding burden of proof: my opponent still has not shown any verse explicitly condemning the Bible. The implicit evidence my opponent gives is insufficient to fulfill his BoP. "
If you can't absorb or accept what was given to you above, you don't want to accept it point blank.
Again, I say respect your mother, father whoever, I didn't say pick a date to do it.
Just like with mother's day and father's day, same thing. Scripture says honor thy mother and father. It's indirectly giving you no room to pick a time to do it.
What's your argument?
"Oh, I can still have honor for them the date after and before. "
Ok then that defeats having a set aside date. You do it constantly, duh. Shouldn't be hard to comprehend. This is the point of setting dates for things. You're setting a time aside to do a particular thing. If you're routinely doing it, it's already a part of the daily routine.
You're crying about fluff and length. Maybe if you could expound like I can, you're arguments might make a dent. But you have short , empty, substance-less points in all respect and honesty.
I'm going to celebrate the day you were born on such and such date. Then I celebrate it the day after the same way but "such and such date " was a "special" day , yeah right.
It's like I know your store is open 24 hours but what time do you close?
What the? It's open non-stop. I've made my point.
Well that horse was beaten to smithereens.
Three rounds well spent. Not much needed more than that. Surely enough.