Televangelist Pat Robertson said Thursday that it’s futile to argue online with atheists about the existence of God.

A viewer wrote into “The 700 Club.” to ask whether she should respond to atheists who regularly decry God’s existence on social media, but Roberson told her to avoid it.

“The Bible also says you don’t cast your pearls before swine because they will turn and rend you,” Robertson said. “A swine is hungry for nuts. He wants chestnuts or whatever nuts he eats.”

Evangelist Pat Robertson acknowledges the audience before he takes a seat before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Robertson was reciting the tenets in Matthew 7:6, which has been interpreted as the notion that believers should not to try to correct those who are unwilling to listen, as opposed to simply referring to atheists as pigs.

Robertson also urged caution with other expressions of faith online.

“You talk about the social media, you’ve got everybody known to man out there involved,” he said. “Why would you put your pearls out, and why would you argue with those people? I mean, keep your stuff to yourself.”

Watch his comments below:

(H/T: Christian Post)

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