Here is a guest thought from my friend, Josiah Meyer:
Here are some verses which would save some apologists a lot of time and heartache:
Proverbs 23:9 “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Prov. 29:9 “When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.”
Ecc. 7:6 “For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.”
Matthew. 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Some people just have no interest in truth, or at least have no interest at a certain moment, or in a certain context. There is a time and place to just say, “Enough. You’re not listening or trying to understand what I am saying. This conversation is going nowhere, and I think we both have better things to talk about, don’t you? If at some time in the future you are SERIOUSLY interested in my point of view, I am very much willing to return to this conversation!”
Josiah Meyer’s blog is: http://nolongerbechildren.wordpress.com/
I couldn’t agree with you more on this. In fact, recently this dead end conversation has happened to me several times. The last conversation was about homosexuality. The other person, who calls herself a Christian, had no ears to hear anything I was saying about the topic, even though I was sharing the Biblical view on the subject. After a lot of going back and forth with her, I realized I was just wasting my time and I cut it off. Thanks for sharing the verses you did. I will hopefully be ready to end dead end conversations a lot earlier next time.