To debate or not to debate, that is the question. Should you go into long and lengthy discussions about biblical topics? Searching the scriptures to find verses, passages, and chapters that support your theories or doctrinal beliefs. Taking large amounts of time to divulge into all kinds of controversies, arguments, doctrines, and disagreements within the church as a whole.
What does the Bible say about these things? It is a great help to us that we can turn to the Word of God for any question we may have. The Bible has an answer for almost every question, even this one. It is of great profit to deeply study the scriptures, it is profitable for your body, mind, and soul
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
But to use the Word of God as a tool or even as a weapon to win arguments, show yourself right in a debate or a discussion, is not the way the Lord Jesus uses scripture. Neither is that the purpose the Lord has given you the Word of God. It is for your benefit, it is for your spiritual growth and maturity that you should study, not as a weapon to bludgeon your brother.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your Word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11
But there are many in this time of increased lawlessness and rebellion that desire to learn all they can of the Bible to increase in knowledge. They puff themselves up in their great learning, arrogant speculations, and assumptions. Compiled by all kinds of different human reasonings and popular beliefs. Yet they do not have the Spirit of God and nor do they have His understanding or wisdom.
For many, they study to increase their own knowledge, to gain an advantage over others. Instead of allowing the Spirit of the Lord to teach them and refine what is wicked out of their own hearts. This is the purpose of the Word of God, to make us more like God. Not more like the devil.
As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 1 Timothy 1:3-7
Be watchful and sober-minded, keeping a close eye out for those who try to stir up arguments, and controversies about many ideas and biblical questions. They are not serving our Lord and Savior but themselves. They cause nothing but disharmony, strife, and divisions. Seeking to be the big man on top, proving themselves to be right. To have a great comeback, to be the winner of the war of words, and a victor in every conversation.
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. Titus 3:9-11
There is nothing wrong with discussing scripture for the purpose of instruction, correction, and teaching the truth of the Word of God. Multitudes of people live in darkness and need to hear the way to come into the light. This, in fact, is what we are called to do. But it must be done with gentleness, love, and compassion for one another. To build up the weak, heal the hurting, convict the sinner, and bring to Christ the contrite and humble of heart.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
As the Apostle Paul instructed several times to steer clear of such people. To avoid those who are darkened in their understanding, unreasonable, unappeasable, and lovers of self. You to must speak the truth once and then twice, then have nothing more to do with those who desire to argue.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:17-20