From: Jim Eisele (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Dec 30 2002 - 07:44:13 EST
John writes (re-ordered)
>Happy New Year, Jim. Don't go away.
Why, thank you.
>There are those on this list who claim to have figured out a lot more than
>have. I respect their scholarship and devotion, but I think they gave up
>chase far too soon.
My sentiments exactly.
>>Jim wrote: "If faith feels good, do it" :-) "
>With all due respect, that would be perhaps the worst possible reason for
>embracing any faith.
There is a part of me that misses the knock-down, drag-out fights
of the old days. But, the truth comes first, and I am finding less
and less to disagree about. I feel uncomfortable de-converting
Christians, although Christianity is certainly in decline. There
are more important issues than owning up to the mythical nature of
Christianity. Mostly important is how well you take care of yourself.
>I became a Xtian on one premise only -- I was convinced that it was, in
>mysterious manner, true. I've been 41 years now trying to penetrate that
>mystery -- I am still convinced it is true but I doubt that I'm really any
>closer to understanding than I was in 1961. But the game is, after all, in
Hmmm. Eternal life is a nice thought. With all due respect, if you
are convinced that that is the way it is, go with it. I'm always
happy to present the other side if you feel your life would be better
without Christianity. I'm not on a crusade ;-)
Happy New Year to you, also
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