“Evangelical” (the member using that name) like most of the fundamentalist, neither understands masonry, the history of the church, the history
of the scripture and who was being addressed and why, and finds comfort in this very new and "modern" theology that turns it's back on knowledge to
defend his ignorance.
Fundamentalism is a modern theology because it could not have ever existed or have been taken seriously by early followers of Christ, the Early
Church, or any group of Christians until long after the printing press. It fails, because it misunderstands scripture, and how it came to be. Truth be
told most modern historians of all kinds have the same problem in misunderstanding history. We live in a world where we can read any book and know
what the original author said, we can buy copies and share them and know we all have the same words. This WAS NEVER THE CASE AT ANY POINT IN HISTORY
until AFTER the printing press. Instead men listened to teachers, and passed on their teachings by mouth. They would write them down, and rescribed
them. Followers would ever search for more works, and scribe down new copies. All Christian scholars knew that every copy had variations, and to
understand them better they read every copy they could find, but they always saw the errors of mankind in the variations. So they understood that
scripture, and inspired word was just that..."inspired" however it was not an autograph, it was not perfect, and every copy showed the flaws of
mankind...and so they must be read on the whole, they must focus on the central messages passed down, and they must pray to the source...GOD for their
own inspiration and theology........IF Fundamentalists models were used in the early church then Every Christian for the first few hundred years was
bound for hell and damnation for you see they had NO bible. they had no common single Gospel that had no variation from the other copies of the same
Gospels.....the history of the bible is something many are ignorant of, the textual criticisms conducted by Christians (not their detractors) are also
something many are ignorant of......however they defend their ignorance by promoting the worship of mankind’s efforts and have paganized the very
concept of the WORD and the LOGOS. JESUS is the WORD....the scripture is the inspired writings of men about him. The men were flawed, he is NOT. Jesus
was without error, however history and even the new testement states quite clearly that even among his own disciples and followers there were
disagreements, and errors from the beginning.
Defining scripture as without error, and as THE WORD. Is a very simplistic theology, and easy for people to grasp. But it has NEVER EVER been the
understanding of Christians until the modern era.......by saying it is without error they incorporate everything these men wrote both their inspired
writings and their errors as the WORD.........I.e. they are adding to God's word, Jesus teachings, man's laws...this was precisely what the gospels
tell us was Jesus beef with the Pharisee....but to understand his problem with the Pharisee they also have to understand Jewish religion during his
time, and that also would take too much thinking so they do not bother......
Now to say the Bible has errors does not detract from it's value. We have more fragments of the books in the Bible then any book in western
civilization. So we have a much better idea about what Jesus taught then we do any of the Greek philosophers. So it is correct to say we have a very
good idea what was taught, but there also is lots of room for theological interpretation...
Consider one of the most widely agreed upon teachings attribute to Jesus in likely the oldest of the gospels Matthew....
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.
Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree
cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by
their fruit you will recognize them."
Christ taught a message of love for one another. He taught of kindness, he taught forgiveness. Tell me do we hear HATE or do we hear LOVE, when the
fundamentalists thump and boast, and degrade any fellow Christian who does not share their theological view? Do they show ELITISM? Or Pious meekness?
Finally, what does the scripture say about Jesus and the pursuit of knowledge? We’re told even he sought it out and studied in the temple, yet
we’re to believe that we who are not messiahs need not seek what even he did? Consider their rotten fruit….and how alien it is to the early
church. See the "Didache" to see how actual early followers of Christ and his apostles lived.
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