Captain, now that I've read your whole post, I see you've spoken from the heart. I also share your understanding of the state of the differing theologies here. All the pirates and admonitions to be respectful (which I appreciate) do not disguise the fact that the exclusive beliefs expressed are exclusive to each other.CaptainBlack wrote:Before this thread started I was convinced that despite thread started we were united by a common bond in Christ. Yet while that may be true, I leave this thread troubled by all that divides us and a conviction that we have different faiths practiced in the context of vastly different religions. I’ll be praying for you. And I know some of you will be praying for me.
But what do you suggest? If people focus on what unites, then they would simply be ignoring what divides. There is no choice with exclusive beliefs but to think that the alternatives are wrong. I know that some people here are tired of these sorts of threads, and would rather not get into these discussions that seem to go on forever getting nowhere. But even if we didn't talk about it, the divisive beliefs are still there. And some of us (apparently) keep wanting to talk about this stuff.
How does your father accommodate the two sets of beliefs? In my family there are some Catholic and some Protestant. They find no conflict because they don't really give too much credence to the details - rather they take the essence of the gospel of Christ and endeavour to love one another as he loved. It's a bit like Jesus not getting so upset over details of the Sabbath law, but rather being concerned about loving and serving people. And they all seem to agree that our various religious understanding are only approximations of absolute truth. (Now we see through a glass darkly.)
...Then in my family there is also a fundamentalist who thinks she is right and everyone else is wrong. She won't speak to us. That's why I've just about had it with people who think that their theology is the only one with God's stamp of approval.