Oh hello, substitute. Glad you're back. Perhaps we'll work some on that sense of accord.
Okay. I'll tackle it again. The watered down part? The new "let's just ignore that politically incorrect stuff that's in the Bible." We'll change the interpretation. We'll put it into historical perspective, whatever. It's a dishonest dance from my perspective and therefor un-Christian. I keep thinking I've said this several times. . .
I should add that I do understand the historical significance of the Old Testament and am thinking more in terms of the New Testament when I speak.
It seems that true adherence to ANY doctrine requires faithful obligation to the letter of the law. Otherwise we're fudging. Even if our motives are pure. This is not a popular modern view. Situational ethics, I believe it's called.
In that way, as you note, strict adherence to a set of tenets is necessary to be a practicing and sincere whatever. And, as such, needs to be exclusive. And very, very difficult to do within today's society. I guess that's where the nutsos come in. . . And hardly anyone wants to be considered that!
Can one be a sorta Christian? Then there's that pesky matter of hell again.
I wonder if this is more difficult matter for you to see as you have been born into the age of political correctness and didn't have to experience the wrenching shift required to impose it, with good intention I believe, on people who were raised differently.
But then, if you have been among the fundamentalists you have met a challenge, indeed. The social atmosphere is different today and many obvious truths, from my perception, are not spoken of for fear of one being accused of being judgemental. And again, it seems to me that discernment of good and bad is a necessity in Christian religion.
You know, conversing with you staunch thinkers is definitely a stretch for me!