Monday, April 1, 2013

Retiring from Debate and Apologetics

Hi Everyone,

I've been involved in debate and apologetics for a while now. What's the result? A lot of death threats and a lot of people angry at me. I've decided that my time may be better spent doing scholarly-level philosophy rather than apologetics. Hence, I won't be posting here again, though I'll leave the content up in case anyone needs something. If anyone would like to take over the site, let me know.

David

***UPDATE*** Happy April Fools' Day everyone! (My wife made me do it!) Just to clarify, yes, THIS POST WAS A PRANK.

66 comments:

Justin said...

Happy April Fool's day to you too, David.

Justin

Radical Moderate said...

Oh No Say it aint so.

Allan Dunn said...

April fool?

Stephen Garrett said...

Dear David:

Your work will live on! People do not know it, but apologetics and working against cults is very demanding. I pray God will bless you in your continued service to him.

Blessings,

Stephen

Deleting said...

APRIL FOOLS!!!!!

Can't get me!! Nope! Nope! NOPE!

william thomas said...

please tell me your joking, i've learnt so much through your ministry....please tell me your joking

Naren said...

That is David wishing everyone "Happy April Fool's day"

God Bless


Naren

william thomas said...

please tell me your joking, i've learnt so much through your ministry...please tell me your joking

Naren said...

David,

Ha ha ha... good one (April Fool to you too)... you could have made it more worthwhile by making a video with star case of Muhammad (may the police be upon him)...

In Christ


Naren

Herakleios said...

Nice one on April the 1st :-)

Herakleios said...

oh .. and how about Osama Abdalla taking over this site?

william thomas said...

please tell me your joking, i've learnt so much through you ministry...the kingdom needs labourers such as yourself to stand against the schemes of the antichrist religion of islam

cheryl_maree said...

very sad for apologetics as they will be losing the BEST!!!

mkaimo said...

Wait one second...

I just remembered it's still April Fool's Day in the US!

Osama Abdallah said...

I'll take the ownership of the blog. I'll make sure only Truth is posted here.

Foolster41 said...

you had me going for a second, David.
(Everyone please check the date today)

Osama: That would definitely be a refreshing change from your past posts!

Anthony Rogers said...

It looks like even Osama is in the April 1st spirit. He is actually trying to fool us into believing that he will only speak the truth for once in his life. Too funny! :)

Anthony Rogers said...

Muslims think they are superior to everyone, i.e. the best of creatures. Osama reminds me of another example of that. In the West we denominate one day as April Fools day, a day in which we go around trying to pull the wool over people's eyes in good fun. Muslims on the other hand see every day as Taquiyya day, thinking to dupe and deceive the rest of mankind in the service of the Best of Deceivers.

Radical Moderate said...

David Wood is leaving AM I guess I might as well take my Shahada then.

Deleting said...

Where's my comment David? Osama abdummy gets posted...
Ah....fine. Be that way :)

GreekAsianPanda said...

Ha, good one. Happy April Fools to you, too.

(You are kidding, right?)

HiTechT said...

Very sad day, David. Your work will be missed. You didn't state it, so forgive me for presuming, but I can't help thinking that lack of support - moral, financial and other - probably contributed to your decision. I can't blame you, but I hope you'll reconsider.

rivan said...

Ok this is an April Fools...U almost had me there David.

Haecceitas said...

You got me scared and sad for about 20 seconds until I remembered what day it is. :-D

search 4 truth said...

I DON'T believe it. David you can't stop. It's irrelevant that people are mad at you and there are death threats. You are giving in to terrorism.

Say it aint so.

And @ Osama. You wouldnt know truth if it slapped you in the face! You are of Satan, your Allah!

search 4 truth said...

Oh wait. It's April Fools day!

LOL! I didnt even realize it.

God bless David!

stvn said...

Goodbye David you will be missed, may the protection of the almighty God be over you and your family

Nolan Whitaker said...

You got me for a second...

TAREK said...

April 1st on the run
At Osama
You said you will make sure that only truth is posted on this blog. What do you mean by that? Are you trying to say we have a blog full of lies? Comon Prof. Osama BUFFOON Abdellah. Be serious otherwise I will ask your prophet to insult you. Oops I forgot that he was master of lies.
Come to CHRIST
Make up your mind
Br. Anthony Rogers MAY GOD BLESS Always IN JESUS' NAME AMEN.
Dr. David my best Regards to your family please. GOD BE WITH YOU AMEN.

Hayati Roohi said...

APRIL FOOLS , HAS TO BE...

cheryl_maree said...

Oh I was April Fooled, I hope so David!!!

mik said...

I hope this really is a April fools joke my heart just dropped!

John Bob said...

Not sure if you heard about the shoting in Ohio last Easter Sunday..muslim son killed his Christian father....right after the service...

http://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/muslim-son-shoots-his-christian-dad-at-easter-church-service-in-ohio-u-s/

betwixt said...

They got me on Facebook. Grrrrr.... :D

Walter said...

I fell for it. /sigh

Lol.

Trinity325 said...

Osama, It's being some time with regards to you appearing on the scene. I haven't met you before, but I had been inquiring of what happened to you on Paltalk. If you debate someone on the Trinity, At least represent it accurately and not misrepresent it.

apran said...

If David is leaving, it is quite ok.

I think it is not fair asking people like David to do what he is doing while we are not doing the same.

Shame on those who try to stop David from leaving while they are not doing the same.

Nothin'ButTheTruth said...

I am converting to Islam too, David.
How funny some people are really getting fooled lol
Muslims are celebrating ha ha ha ha ha ha

Nothin'ButTheTruth said...

@Apran,
LOL

David Vaitciargis said...

This joke reminds me of Jesus our saviors God and Lords resurrection. In beginning I was so sad that David Wood leaves his ministry and after I read a comment`s and understood that he is just joking.
When Jesus died everyone was so sad. But He rose again and defeat death!
(Luke 24:20-22)
And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.(John 20:27-30)
God bless you!

Nothin'ButTheTruth said...

@ Those who got fooled,

I never met David but I know, when I watch him, Sam and Pastor Joseph, they have the same Spirit that I have.

Below are few verses that Spirit told me:

“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you, that you are afraid of man who shall die,
and of the son of man who will be made as grass? (Isaiah 51:12)

Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. (Matthew 10:28)

Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)

Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall exclude and mock you, and throw out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. (Luke 6:22)

Jesus said there is no retirement in His Kingdom until He comes back (Luke 19:13).

Based on these, I KNOW, as I know myself, that David will never stop what He is doing!

Sorry for speaking for you David:) God bless you!

Tom said...

A Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day!
Gotta love this Judge!

You must read this......
A proper decision by the courts...
for a change.

A FLORIDA COURT SETS
ATHEIST HOLY DAY

In Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"
The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying,
"Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.
The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays..."
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant."
The lawyer said," Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."
The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore,
April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned..."
You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!
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Dearest David,

PHEW....my heart skipped numerous beats, to read that post, you scared the s%$t out of me...

A Blessed Resurrection week to you & your beloved family!

Shalom.

cheryl_maree said...

ook David the day is almost over, and I have to admit that I don't know if you are for real or if its April Fools, so come on tell us??

Deleting said...

David Vaitciagaris said, "This joke reminds me of Jesus our saviors God and Lords resurrection."
Then said, "When Jesus died everyone was so sad. But He rose again and defeat death!
(Luke 24:20-22)"

I like the end of luke, particularly on the road to emmaus.

My favorite part of it hands down. It made me think it was showing his sense of humor...but that's a flat one dimensional appraisal on my part.

cheryl_maree said...

David ,
Are you going to make us wait ???? Come on tell us it was April Fools!!

nicole peron said...

I pray its April fools day .. But I hate to say to even admit to it.. I think it's the truth, I was rather curious why isn't David debating with spencer this coming Wednesday on ABN .. But I guess now I have the answer!

David you taught us a lot.. We pray for you

Joe Bradley said...

For all creators of successful blogs which demand a leadership role from their founders this moment is predictable. I don't think that this is an April Fools prank but a decision made by one at a crossroads of a major project. You are clearly at a point where you must diversify (not necessarily quit Answering Muslims altogether) and your earlier revelation that you were struggling over audio issues regarding a subway shoot indicates that you are finding ways to creatively expand your reach to exceed your grasp.

You are certainly a multi-talented individual who needs to get out and explore other realms that are available in your quest to educate the world about Islam. The fact is that you are too damn good to quit completely. Taking a break from the apologetics side of things to explore a more creative "scholarly-level philosophy" is what you must do and you will do it exceedingly well.

Pick your successor well as this is your literary child and you may want to visit often.

Good Luck and God Bless

Joe Bradley said...

AAARRRRHHHHH!!! I hate it when that happens!

1389 said...

I tried to take a hiatus from blogging but it didn't work.

There's no such thing as Blogaholics Anonymous!

Matlin said...

David, you took my breath away for moment! By the way your wife is very smart.

theWordbelievein said...

You almost gave me a heart attack! There's no one better than you at this job David - Glory to Christ for giving you Brains! Always have you and your family in mu prayers.

Blessings!

Debra Anderson said...

I sure hope this announcement was a joke. Your are one of the BEST apologetics out there!!!! Please say it ain't so. You would be sorely missed.

Alvin Chipmunk said...

Please let this be an April Fools' joke and we would rather be fools than to truly lose a faithful and anointed brother like you to reach out to the extremely large group of Muslim lost sheep, with so many still ignorant and blinded. No one I knew do this better than you. Please continue with your good works. God bless!

simple_truth said...

I have taught myself to take a step back before responding. I didn't believe it to begin with, but, I did leave open the option for a couple of seconds. David, you gave yourself away when you said that this site open to anyone who wants it and that you wanted to only concentrate on philosophy. I just know that is not you real ambition. It just doesn't fit the demeanor I have conjured of you.

Good one, though!

simple_truth said...

Now that I think of it, Mohammad, in his revisionist history, actually created April Fools Day when he made Qu'ranic revelations such as this:

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4:157

And [for] their saying, "Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah." And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. [Sahih International]

==================

That is the only way that I can think of his revelation not technically being a lie.

Just maybe Allah revealed the entire Qu'ran on April Fools Day--or at least the parts that disagree with the Bible. LOL!

I guess, that his (Mohamamd's) April Fools Day also must have come after Resurrection Day to alleviate the conjecture of 4:157. LOL!

Hey, Osama. I thought that you would like that tid bit of data to perk up your day. Since you like conspiracies, this April Fools Day would make a good one for Mohammad, wouldn't it? LOL!

CPAsh said...

David

I hope you never do that for real. There would be no point me having a PC with broadband if you quit. It isn't easy doing what you have you been destined by God to do. Many of us have it easy, and can rant and oppose Islam from the comfort and safety of anonimity and distance, in the knowledge that others are taking the shots and flak for us.

On the contrary however, people with your skill, ability, flare, and likeability are few and far between. We need the very best people to make our case for us, and invite those who reject the oneness of Jesus Christ and God our Father. You are the best David, and without you, Sam, Pastor Joseph, and all the others at ABN and on this and other blogs etc., our mission will be all the worse in your absence.

I'm so glad it was a April Fools joke. It wasn't hard to get sucked in and believe you were quitting though, because it's been a while since I've seen any Jesus or Mohammed shows and so on. I love watching your debates and programmes, and reading your blog. I really don't think you quite realise the impact your making for us persecuted Christians. I'm in England, UK and your recent visit has brought many new followers to your cause. Long may it continue and God may keep you and your family safe.

Threats are threats David, but you must take the safety of your family ands yourself very seriously. I hope and I'm sure you do. May God protect you and provide you with his power and glory to keep his message alive.

Thank you!

taomeano said...

I was shocked until I read the update. David's blog is where I go to every day after my morning devotions, so I am glad the announcement was a prank.

I love David and the work he is doing for the kingdom of God. The fact that your family supports you in this work is a real blessing for believers in Jesus. Keep at it because in due time the rewards will come.

God bless you all fellow believers in our saviour and Lord JESUS CHRIST.

cheryl_maree said...

Well yesterday sad, but today laughing, tears for a night but jjoy comes in the morning!!

Seam_on_Us said...

Oh, THANK GOD!!! Nice prank, you had me big time! I was actually worried there.

Happy April 1st in arrears, AM!!!

Radical Moderate said...

Well its a good thing that I didn't take my Shahada

Richelle said...

Shame...on...you David!

Estudantes Mocambicanos na Argelia said...

Brother David u scared the hell out of me...i live in algeria and it's because of you that my faith have become stronger, i love your work man

Kufar Forever said...

Oh well. you had me sad the whole day. If only I had guts to open the link and check the feedback, at last I decided to check. I'm glad that it was just a joke. Though I dont give much feedback, I look forward to your mails, postings every morning.
Thank you

Trinity325 said...

Rad, This is bobo577, it's a good thing you didn't take the shahada man, In my case, I took an oath in the name of the Lord not to become Muslim.

Ratio Christi (The Reason for Christ) said...

Oh man you got me! Keep up the good work!

Slightly Stooped said...

DANG IT David u had me panicking like deer cought in headlights for a second u got me bad and props for ur wife she got me bad =|