reply to post by randyvs
I was dissuaded in my belief in Christ via Scriptural interpretations of people. I'll explain, but first let me momentarily embrace the prose of
the KJV, which I favour:
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
but by me
.. So, I participated in a group discussion, because this weighed heavily upon me. Demographics of the group probably don't
matter, however there was a pastor, a visiting minister of another sect of Christianity, his wife, two couples of the congregation, and two or three
I asked........... "but what of those who were born and ....... well, indoctrinated under a completely different religion, say, for example one which
doesn't embrace Jesus Christ, but another Godhead. Suppose they are never exposed to Christianity........ are they damned?
nervous murmuring. The general consensus was that everyone has an opportunity to discover Christ, and therefore the verse leaves no room for
"but........ what of those who were born apart from civilization. They must be God's children as well, right? What if their dogma was apart from
and these people weren't exposed to Christianity?"
Now, to the group's credit, I was asked my opinion. I've been called a 'universalist'. The term wouldn't have sounded bad at all to me, had
it not been spat like an invective.
My view has been that God spoke to his different tribes in their own language, and in doing so, He wears many names. Nope, that didn't fly. ONLY
through Jesus Christ can we reach the Father. No other name will do.
I've since had counsel with many men and women of faith about this issue, and the response seems to be universal (pun intended). Thus, I suppose,
children who die before being old enough to understand are thought to be lost. People born into faiths that exclude all others are lost. Tribal
people who never discover Christianity are lost, all because of the interpretation of Scripture by PEOPLE.
I realize that it is a living document, and a good book. I have two, right here on my table, next to the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
The Organic Gardener
, The Love Poems of John Keats
, by Elmer Keith, and Fearful Symmetry
- a physics book. I
recognize that The Holy Bible is to be taken as a whole, and thus a broader knowledge emerges, apart from the muses of people.
I further don't......... no..... CAN'T........ no...... WON'T believe that God intended for Leviticus to be used persecute some of His
children........... but that's another thread.
So, I remain a happy universalist. I don't see it as a departure from Christianity, but more a incorporation of more flexible ideas and ideals.
A church of two, in our own little Eden.
Hey, you asked.