Re: Salvation is a free gift? But...
Very true. Dogmatism creates an environment whereby growth is stunted...and that stunting dogmatism is tenaciously held to as if it was the faith itself.
It just seems like Christians choose whichever verses supports their personal goal and just ignore the rest.
The problem as I see it is that the bible is God-centered in it's logic but the interpreters are usually man-centered. The truth seems inconsistent but that is due to the fact that the truth is spoken in an opposite sounding dialectic....it is given as a 2 pole entity....like a magnet that has a North and South pole. If you take the one pole only....no magnetism (but a strong dogmatism). If you line up scriptures properly...you have a mutual repelling taking place in the natural sense. The word wants to kill us at first...not save us. Man reasons that this cannot be and ignores the whole message from there on. Man is attracted to some of the message of the bible but gets the truth backwards since the opposite poles attract. But in doing so the message is reversed to make it 180 degrees out of whack. So by adding our desires and attractions to the word we get it EXACTLY wrong. And all this happening over and over without giving the least thought as to why. God has designed His word this way to keep the flesh out of the garden. Only the new creation may enter. This new creation itself is a seeming contradiction.....how can an eternal life be hidden in a temporal one?
So the truth MUST sound contradictory to human ears in order to capture the eternal essence of it. When we take just one pole of the truth we end up with a private human interpretation that can we champion for our own "glory" (actually vainglory). This is how denominations are started. But we are largely blind to this. We are to be humble and REMAIN SO...but our scant knowledge puffs up to the point where we remain mainly in the dark.
The letter KILLS....then the Spirit gives life. Most Christians are looking to have the letters give them life.
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