Sometimes people will mischaracterise someone’s statements or beliefs, making it out that they have said something they did not say or mean to imply.
The world calls it
a logical fallacy, a straw man argument.
God calls it
bearing false witness against your neighbour.
As Christians, we would do better to use God’s wording, and take it as seriously as God does. All the more reason to heed James 1:19:
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
If we would take the time to really hear and make sure we understand before we spout, we would be less likely to be dishonest about what others are saying.
UPDATE: A Thousand More Words….