Re: Full disclosure (was Grand Canyon Tears America Apart )

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Thu Jan 22 2004 - 11:56:14 EST

Sheila Wilson wrote:
> Maybe we should look at the Biblical approach. The Bible clearly says
> that we are brought to repentance by the goodness of God. Yes, this
> is often perceived as a naive way of presenting information. From
> personal experience, I know that when someone attacks or is
> aggressive I become defensive rather than listen to what they have to
> say. When someone says, let's talk about stuff, I am much more likely
> to listen............................
Sheila -
        While it is ultimately the goodness of God (i.e., God's desire that all should
be saved & the work of the Holy Spirit) that brings people to repentance, the immediate
cause of repentance is God's law rather than gospel. (I am using the terms in their
narrow technical sense.)
        What I think this corresponds to in dealing with YECs is that they need to be
shown that they have been in error. Of course that should be done as charitably as
possible & with full regard for the person's situation & some respect for the reasons
they take the position that they do, but we still come to the point where we have to
say something equivalent to "You're wrong." If we flinch at that we won't get anywhere.



George L. Murphy
Received on Thu Jan 22 11:59:09 2004

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