Friday, April 28, 2006

Bill Is Bill, And I Love It

Read An Open Question posted by Bill Roberts (De) at Thinklings. (Related, Bill also wrote Is the Bride Beautiful? back in February.)

Just read it. Then, post your thoughts here or there (at Thinklings).

5 comments:

DugALug said...

Rich,

What is there to say? I agree with him completely.

I do think that Christians fight because we focus on the differences between the denominations rather than the heart of all of them.

Those differences become lines in the sand that we are unable to reconcile that the person on the other side disagrees with our perspective. Being unable to reconcile this leads to disdain, which leads to dislike... then to hatred.

Simply put, our view of transubstantiation outweighs our alignment on salvation and the brotherhood we have in Christ.

Just my thought
-Doug

Rich said...

Douglas,

You didn't! Tell me you didn't just throw the word "transubstantiation" into your last comment. Go directly to jail on that one, my friend. Do not pass "Go" and do not collect $200. A word like that has to be put into the cool word list before it can just be thrown around in any ol' comment stream.

And as for asking "what is there to say?", for not knowing, you did a pretty darn good job of saying it.

Those differences become lines in the sand that we are unable to reconcile that the person on the other side disagrees with our perspective. Being unable to reconcile this leads to disdain, which leads to dislike... then to hatred.

I agree with you, which is a pity. Unless we're referring to sin, the word "hatred" should -- and I'm trying to think of an instance where this wouldn't be the case, but I cannot -- not be reflective of any action or thought that a Christian makes. We should fear, tremble, and repent if we even suspect ourselves of it in any way.

We're to contend for the faith, but whenever theology, preferences, or our own ideas (which is hard because we have a hard time overcoming our "selves") trump Christ or love for others, then we've seriously erred.

And going back to the sentence with your t-word:

Simply put, our view of transubstantiation outweighs our alignment on salvation and the brotherhood we have in Christ.

"Simply put" - that's hilarous, Douggy. You just "simply put" something that went WHOOSH over my head. Well, I probably understand the gist, but that's like saying:

Simply put, the mastication of glucose often concludes in gingivitis.

Rich said...

Oh, btw, Doug,

A word like that has to be put into the cool word list before it can just be thrown around in any ol' comment stream.

When I said this, you do realize that codepoke gets a pass on using big words like that? codepoke and only codepoke. For the rest of us, those are THESAURUS words.

DugALug said...

Rich,

I agree with you, which is a pity.

Is it a pity that you agree with me, or is it a pity that you agree with my idea?

Man! I thought you were my friend.

Much love bro'

-Doug

Rich said...

Is it a pity that you agree with me, or is it a pity that you agree with my idea?

Um, yeah, I'll agree with that.