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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Are differing views worth holding?

A dummy prisoner stuck in the LaHaina prison for visitors to view, forever and ever and ever and ever.

Christian Smith wrote a powerful and balanced book last year called, The Bible Made Impossible, in which he demonstrated that we have never arrived at one view in many things fairly important in the Christian life, and that using the Bible as a unified life manual is very difficult because frankly it is a progressive revelation that causes us to turn away from its earlier parts and leave them behind.

In other words the bible is a revelation narrative, and what role Jesus plays in the main and most important part, and although we still have differing views in some of the details, we are unified that he is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

I have been studying a view over the last several years that believes the Churches embrace of the doctrine of "eternal conscience torment",has led to violence, war, genocide, holocaust, hatred, abuse, and so many types of evil done in the name of God that it must be seriously reexamined as a fundamental of the faith. Is this a view worth defending or questioning, or is it just too woven into the fabric of Christianity to change?

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