Mr. Everett, my air-conditioning opponent, quoted from the Bible that was in his head: “The morning air of the Lord will cool the sanctuary.” In his mind, God had said it, he believed it, and that settled it.
Others use quotes from more authentic biblical versions as the authoritative word to settle issues. And I do not dismiss the authority of the Scriptures as necessary for holy conversation. The revelation of God in Scripture is second only to the revelation of God in flesh. The Word written and the Word enfleshed bear faithful witness to the ways of God.
But I do not believe that Scripture was meant to be used as a conversation stopper. God seems to invite our questions, our doubts, and our wonderings.