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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: 92064
Insane since: Aug 2003

posted posted 02-10-2004 03:40
Have modern Christians become a people of two faiths divided by a common Bible? Looking at the increasing division among Christians on so many topics, it's hard not to think so. At a time when the walls dividing denominations from each other are crumbling, a new wall is rising -- one dividing Christians into two competing camps. In one camp are evangelicals, and in the other camp are progressives.

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Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Feb 2003

posted posted 02-10-2004 04:28

I don't really think this is anything new.
Any large organisation be it religious, political, educational, sporting, whatever, has divisions which can threaten torock its foundations.


Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: 92064
Insane since: Aug 2003

posted posted 02-10-2004 11:54

It is interesting that the Reverend has little faith in his fellowship yet most likely more faith in that which he does not know to be true.

His style of writing is smart and sharp.

And he provides an objective look at Christianity which is somewhat uncommon among Christians (at least those I've seen post here and in other media).

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

posted posted 02-10-2004 17:58

Since religion is merely a reflection of human opinion/emotion/fear/hope, it is only natural that it will be affected the same way as any other facet of society.

It'd be silly to think that religion wouldn't show the same splits and difference's as any other group. The splits within any major religion (and all major religions have plenty) are no different than the splits within any major political party, any nation, any corporation, etc.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: PA, US
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 02-11-2004 05:21

Yeah, this has been obvious to me for quite some time now, although I've never heard anyone call themselves a progressive Christian. Are those the Christian's who take only what they like from God's word and discard the stuff which is unsuitable for today's world? Interesting read nonetheless.
This is relevant I think. It's written from a catholic perspective, but it makes sense.

Not only did Christ predict scandals, but in the parable of the tares and the wheat, for example, he spoke of the Church "as in its very constitution made up of good and bad." The corruption of the Church has existed from the time of Judas Iscariot and indeed is so "bound up with the very idea of Christianity" as to be "almost dogma."

When humans are involved, there will always be divides. No matter how perfect God may be, the church is certainly no exception.


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Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: houston, tx usa
Insane since: Mar 2003

posted posted 02-11-2004 19:56

This article view is correct. Christianity has splintered into thousands of sects each claiming to be the true christian church. This started with the Protestant reformation led by Martin Luther and even his church splintered in its infancy. But as long as Christian churches teach the Gospels and not teachings contrary to scripture then they belong to the body of Christ too. All Christian denominations should built each other up not put each other down. Per Scripture all churches will unite again and be one body, impossible as this is to believe Christianity be one body of believers in time and I do believe this.

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