Heterodox Aftershocks, Part 2: How I came upon these ideas
I don't know if this counts as a weakness to my argument, but I'd like to have it on record anyway. So I was looking for Zao lyrics on some random website and saw an ad that asked if hell really existed. I was feeling feisty and thought it would be fun to read some crazy heresy and took the bait. Well it turns out to be the site for L. Ray Smith. (http://bible-truths.com/ ) A feisty, kinda scary man who uses way too many CAP LOCKED, UNDERLINED SENTENCES!!! And while his style was distracting and hyperbolic he actually made some really good points that I had never thought about before. I first read his 16 part
In the mean time, I've been reading Every Knee Shall Bow, a book from the late 1800's updated and edited by some guy in
The last week or so I've been spending a lot of time on C.A.R.M., a Christian discussion forum. (http://www.christiandiscussionforums.org/v/index.php) I don't think it's a coincidence that I found the site at a time when I'm trying to figure out the ramifications of interpreting the Bible differently that most Christians. There is a sort of civil war going on in the Apologetics section regarding inerrancy vs. infallibility of the Bible. I'm still studying this issue with great interest, and I'll have something on it soon.
I'm attending a several week class at my church about witnessing. We had a guest speaker a couple months ago that had some great stuff about the subject. And now he will be going into specific difficult questions that unbelievers have and how we can answer them. "In less than five minutes." Each. It should be interesting to compare and contrast his answers with mine. (Not that I'm going to be arguing with him in class!)
I'm feel kind of like I'm in a cocoon phase right now. I really have no desire to try to convince anyone of anything, nor to have too many things challenged right now. I need to digest what I'm taking in and see the fruit of it for a while. I need to find a good orthodox Christian theologian to sit down with me for a couple of sessions to see if there really are some obvious things I'm missing that have led me to these conclusions. But not yet. Soon.