Saturday, February 24, 2007

People making weird truth claims...

Semper Reformanda ~ Always reforming.

I'm so tired of people making inconsistant statements. Take this post on a Blog I found on a "lutheran" Webring.

First of all, this person is so badly catechised, it's not even funny. The blogger makes this claim:

2. Judging others.

We're all guilty of doing this from time to time because it is human nature, but I really hate it when I hear Christians judging other people, especially when they go so far as to speculate that another person is not a "true" or "real" Christian or question where the person in question will be spending eternity. We are commanded to "judge not, let you also be judged."

Then turns around in the next point and judges other Christians.

3. Displaying an attitude of superiority as compared to other religions.

Too often Christians act as though they have "a lock" on the truth and everyone else
is so ignorant that they don't deserve to be treated as equals. Our truth is just that: Our truth as we understand and believe it. I am a firm believer in John 3:16. But I also believe that, as Jesus commanded, I should strive to maintain an attitude of humility at all times, even when it comes to the fact that I have discovered what I believe to be the truth.

And in that particular point, states that they believe Christians don't have a "lock" on the truth, then turns around says:

5. Denying the inherent truth of the Gospels.

At first glance, this might seem like a contradiction of above items. But it is not.I have actually heard Christians say shocking things like, "Well, I don't believe in hell" or "I don't think there really is a devil." In my opinion, if you are going to adopt the label of "Christian," you must embrace the core concepts of the belief system without reservation.The most basic tenet of Christianity is set forth in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." He also said that no one will come to the Father except through Him. Therefore, as we understand the truth, the possibility of eternal damnation for those who reject those basic tenets is real. Christians are called upon to proclaim the Gospels boldly, not shrink from their message because it is unpopular or unpalatable to some.

The blogger had already stated in an earlier point that:

1. Attempting to convert co-workers.

There is a time and place for everything and it is most inappropriate to proselytize in the workplace. Sure, if you happen to know that one of your colleagues is a Christian, it is acceptable to mention your shared beliefs at lunchtime, during breaks, etc. so long as the conversation takes place in appropriate locations and does not interfere with other folks' rights.

So let's see... Rules for Christian living include:

  1. Proclaim the Gospels boldly
  2. Do not shrink from the message because it is unpopular or unpalatable to some.
  3. Don't bother your coworkers with the message because it would be unpopular or unpalatable to some
  4. Don't say the gospel is true because we don't have a lock on the truth
  5. Don't say the gospel is untrue
  6. Don't interfere with other people's rights
  7. Don't deny the inherent truth of the gospel, just deny it by denying Genesis is true history so that Jesus, "the second Adam", is a fulfillment of an allegory rather than a fulfillment of God's will for the history of redemption.

Yup, that's consistant alright. Sorry, I'm a polemic. Get used to it.


the big test

Since someone, somewhere, has seen fit to deprive the world of Issues etc and take a huge bite out of confessional Lutheranism at the same time, I will not take up the mantle of working to see that those who did it answer for their actions.
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