Wayne wrote: We have been asked to simply have faith and it would seem that
(given true), God rewards the faithful somehow. It seems to me
the problem is where (or perhaps even how) to draw the line. It's
like the difference between being persistent and being stubborn.
In many ways they are the same, but the context makes all the
difference. Likewise faith and delusion.
Don P:Good point. I feel for you.
So I guess then a factor to weigh is if my faith is mere
delusion, then what is the best way to make the best fruit
out of my own delusion. I guess I have in a sense made up
my mind that "I'm going on in Jesus' name" even if it means
"going through the storm of blinding rain", but I certainly
would not insist that words on a page can only be read one
way. It also makes me less likely to say that 99% of the
Japanese I see will go to hell and maybe it will be me who
comes back as a slug, king roach, or whatever.
Don P: As for reincarnation, if you do the good deeds of a Christian, then
you won't end up a bug anyway, even by Buddhist standards. On the other
hand, if you follow the Buddhist and end up on the wrong side of God your
doomed. Trust me, I'm half Asian and my grandmother's a Buddhist. Point is,
regardless of what one believes, you can't go wrong with the God of Abraham.
I wonder, _does_ it weaken a man's character to admit that he
could be wrong and live accordingly and is living accordingly
being out of faith? Assumed absolutes are much easier to
latch onto than savvy speculations, and I sense that this
is at the heart of why the YEC position so easily persists.
Don P: Exactly. Making distinctions is hard, but this is what we are
supposed to do. This takes time. Studying God's word takes time and keeps us
from the evil. Idle hands, Idle minds.
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