age wrote:The point is that sharing this results in a warning toward the real objective which is a ban.
Actually, no, it doesn't. What you want to discuss isn't the issue. It's was flying off the handle. Palinand simple. That's why I asked to resume the discussion. It was a good discussion and has since brought abou good discussion. Byblos is free to ask you about the numbers. Nobody critiqued the numbers or is planning to ban you for the numbers.
All of us have similarities and differences. Jac and I have squared off on election before(well, I probably backed off before the term "squared off" can really be used
, there wasn;t going to be a resolution there!). CSL is YEC and I am OEC. YOu have presented very nice arguments and posts here on multiple topics. IT'sjust plain mystifying why one or two questions has even brought this to this level.
In fact, this goes back to the original post, since I would bet that most of us here can claim different denominations. And yet I gladly look forward to praising and worshippoing God in the next creation with Jac, CSLL, and Byblos even though we may disagree with doctrine.
Let me pose another question for those followig the thread. How much does non-doctrinal issues pose in the decision to go to a particular denomination. For instance, I would probably never feel comfortable in a charismatic church. I once went to a concert hosted by a charismatic church and, coming from a non-chaismatic church, hearing and seeing the person next to me start muttering gibberish really threw me. I don't believe in tongues, at least, to that level.
Music for me will, everything else beig equal, would also be a deciding factor. The age of the congregation? THe status of the people (it's no fun goig to a church when EVERYBODY else is married with kids and there are very few people my age and while church isn't necessarily about fun....it's tough to find fellowship), the mission of the church?
It is sad that we can let non-essential docvtrines like infant baptism or communion or speaking in tongues separate us. That being said, sometimes too many of the CHristians in the UNited States have, in the notion of "it doesn't matter", given up on figuring things out and the lack of scholarship has made us weak. The best of scholarship with the least judgement? I have learned much from Byblos concerning CAtholic church doctrine and although I may still disagree with the view of communion, I hope I may still, like iron sharpening iron, learn form him. Jac has made me think more about why I believe what I believe. And I never really knew about the mysticism that CSLL brought up.
There are essentials that would make me avoid a church. Believeing that the Word of GOd isn't inerrant would make me not go. Ordaining gay priests or pastors.
There are denominations because, unfortunately, people will make bad decisions about what God's word says.
This has made me curious, howver, I want to know what Byblos in his original post about the increase in the numbers. Byblos, are you meaning that we all would have slightly different views ?