From: John Burgeson (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 02 2003 - 14:34:36 EST
Jim wrote: "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."
While I agree that "eternal life" is a "nice thought," that particular part
of Xtianity did not play a primary role when I became a Xtian and does not
play one now. If I were convinced that this life was all there was, I would
still be a Xtian -- for the reasons I mentioned earlier.
May 2003 be a great year for you and yours, Jim.
John W. Burgeson (Burgy)
>From: "Jim Eisele" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "John Burgeson" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Does the Bible teach a flat earth?
>Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 12:44:13 -0000
>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
> >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
> >closer to understanding than I was in 1961. But the game is, after all,
> >the pursuit.
>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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