Vacating the Quip

pic 4Returning from vacation is always a pleasant surprise for WordPress bloggers. Especially when one has had limited access to the web for a couple of weeks.

To all of the visitors and responses during our absence; thank you! While we escaped to Becky Mountain, you offered some meaningful thoughts on the current series here at RIHG.

It appears that there are mixed emotions regarding whether studies like “the reality of hell” should be a public discussion, considering that the mainstream church has established an historical stance on this doctrine.

The difficulty of our day however, is that with the click of a few buttons, anyone with internet access can now be a dabbler of the theologies. It is a possibility being taken advantage of by the many.

What I mean to suggest is that for every defender of the age-old understanding of an eternal place of torment, there is another site one click away with an all together different approach to the meanings of hell’s supportive passages.

Wouldn’t it be wise to admit these thoughts are out there, discuss them, and test them against the Word?

I am checking my motives continuously. I pray my desire is not to argue from my vantage, but to hear the Word of God speak.

It’s relatively easy for me to read the Bible through the lens of my preconceptions. There’s fifty years of them stored in this aging mind, so I don’t think it heresy to hear another’s mind. With a little humility, I may learn something.

We’ll not soon master His Word; let us rather be mastered by it.

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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7 Responses to Vacating the Quip

  1. Jack Curtis says:

    Well, any church is a belief system, right? It can order folks to submit under pain of death a la Islam or it can appeal to people to voluntarily accept it as Christian institutions seem generally wont to do.
    Votaries of the latter, seems to me, should be ready to offer their beliefs openly, dealing the same way with any difficulties raised by their targeted audience. It seems to me, that any faith that refuses to openly display itself before the multitudes, is acting as though it is ashamed of itself. Even more so if it is a proselytizing church… In this light, please accept my applause for your efforts!

  2. Rob Barkman says:

    Sorry you are getting a hard time about this series. It is interesting and important for all of us to consider. If we agree with your end determination we have learned something. If we disagree with your end determination it has been a good exercise in making sure we are holding to the truth as we see it. In either case, no harm done… only benefit to be had. Lord bless you MT. (Glad I am finally getting the time to get back to this series you are doing. So much to do, so little time to do it!)

  3. Marieie says:

    Deuteronomy 2:34 supports your stance on checking things out. And not only does it say to ask questions but to learn what preceded the comment. God does not want us to just read His Word. He wants us to know it, understand it and use it.

  4. Nothing better than letting the Holy Spirit teach us as we absorb God’s Word each day. So much better than trying to find an arguing point. I like simple.

  5. πίστις says:

    Hi guys, been a while since I have been here. Glad you enjoyed some R&R!

    I would say myself that the truth needs to be spoken regardless of whether or not anyone wants hear it or whether or not they like it. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just that we are called to teach the Gospel of Christ, all of it.

    It seems that in years gone by that there was more teaching on hell and the fact that it was and is a reality. Oh there are some now who do a good job teaching on hell, but so many now shy away from it. Hell needs to be taught about! If there is an eternal heaven…then there is an eternal hell as well. Revelation makes this very clear.

    Teaching about hell is not and should not be construed as scare tactics or even as being negative and misplaced. Hell is a present reality people need to be knowledgeable about. I really don’t understand why some in the Christian community have such a problem with this. Just as you knew there were consequences for disobeying your parents…so to there are consequences for disobeying your Father! Hell is a choice, God would not have any go there.

    It needs to be remembered that Jesus taught on hell…so why would we not?

    God bless

  6. hankcr says:

    I agree. It has always irritated me when “christians” would be afraid to discuss differences in theology. They didn’t want to be guilty of “judging” and would just “lovingly” let things go no matter how heretical they proved to be. Christians all through our past have been devoted debaters of theology. They felt it was their duty to sift through current teachings and theological thought and duke it out with whoever dared stand to discuss it. But today our “christian leaders” are pretty much feminized and politically correct in their attitudes. I also find this very irritatating if not infuriating. I could go on and on about how much we need real men of God today, unafraid, politically incorrect, willing to stand for the faith once delivered to the saints instead of this watered down pc gospel we hear today. But alas, it would appear that America as well as the church is currently under judgment. What will be the end of it? I really don’t know.

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