Here is how the game is played, for the record - since of course - Xerxes is a self-professed DE-CONVERTED Christian(which makes guys like him ripe to infiltrate a church with his vast knowledge, and advance heresies and paralyze their good works): It's a DANGEROUS game guys like Bart and Xerxes play in the face of the Holy Creator - and I could only hope Xerxes is weighing that now - that is why he attempted to changed his tone from mockery to supposed intellect; because Jesus Christ might just be the REAL DEAL(do your own research on Bible preservation from an "accredited" seminary like Tennessee Temple or Maranatha Baptist Bible college)
Be careful before you just jump on the bandwagon with itching ears, hearing what you want to hear about the Bible and Christ being one big hoax - It is the hope of Christians that many of these modern day mockers/scoffers personally wouldn't want to give an answer for their attempts to trip up believers while claiming they KNOW the same scriptures "inside and out"; and their moral instructions to mankind and believers condemning certain thoughts, words and deeds!
Hell probably burns a little hotter for those who abandoned the faith, and went off to hunt/capture others into their camp.
No doubt hypocrites hurt the faith, but Christians are supposed to follow after Christ - and not fallible man. Christians are supposed to compare themselves to the Word, not other men. I know Xerxes loves to quote the scriptures I am in violation of as I admonish him - but - if he had the credibility to do so, he would have to have the Spirit within him to understand why I step in and buffet him, and he would also have to admit those scriptures are then TRUTHFUL and BINDING - and that opens a whole can of worms to his assertions that it should ALL be suspect then(because the principles can easily be applied to non-believers(i.e. those "good lessons" you mentioned)). He can't cherry pick that which he bashes to win an argument - either it is TRUE, or it isn't - and that's my position.
As far as quoting scripture goes: we'll start here ...
Jude(half brother of Jesus) Chapter 1 verse 3 "...it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
Jud 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Jud 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Jud 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jud 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
Yep, powerful and an extremely offensive WARNING to those professing they were Christians ONCE, and then abandon the faith for some higher intellect - who then come back and direct their ATTACKS at new or wavering believers living in difficult economic times(preying upon them for JOY and self-rationalization) while believers are not finding comfort in their faith alone.
And like I mentioned; people like this then often enter into churches, and upset their good works...
In my estimation, God abhors people like that; and I likewise have very little respect for them - and I am inclined to SHAME them for their attempts to harm believers while in their professed "advantageous" position of being "learned" in these matters.
Jud 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jud 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Jud 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Jud 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jud 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jud 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen
It's Xerxes choice to stay this course, or abandon it. He knows I frequent this forum - and out of compassion for the READERS(some of who I know PERSONALLY from living there), I step in and slap him down because I know his motives are not pure, and not for prosperity sake ... Now, do I have compassion for Xerxes; of course I do - but, I will address him only in the manner that he has published his position of being a de-converted open mocker, and denier of the things he knows I(and many others) believe are TRUE.
Got anything else for me, guys?