Everything GCN puts out will be subject to their interpetation of the Bible. I take is as that, just like I have my own views. As far as debating with you, I'm not going to beat that dead horse. It's just like the abortion issue. We can go back and forth all day long, but none of our positions are going to change.
My church has not had a sermon about homosexuality. The priests talk a lot about being good citizens, strengthening our faith and family bonds, avoiding sin, being good neighbors, etc, but nothing I would consider hateful or controversal.
GCN is not monolithic is their views. I don't know if you read the articles on the side A/side B debate - but if you are interested at all in being able to reach people - you should.Everything GCN puts out will be subject to their interpetation of the Bible. I take is as that, just like I have my own views.
That's good because I hate the needless abuse of dead animals. I mean if you're going to beat a horse - at least make sure it's alive and can feel the beating!As far as debating with you, I'm not going to beat that dead horse.
Discussions do not have to be about changing - they can be about understanding too. :) But I will not force anyone.It's just like the abortion issue. We can go back and forth all day long, but none of our positions are going to change.
Great! Mind you though - Jesus brought some very serious controversy when he spoke . . . . ;)My church has not had a sermon about homosexuality. The priests talk a lot about being good citizens, strengthening our faith and family bonds, avoiding sin, being good neighbors, etc, but nothing I would consider hateful or controversal.
Shortly thereafter he proceeded to "pick out the diamonds from the dunghill", and wrote "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth", more commonly known as the "Jefferson Bible".The whole history of these books is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.
Here he writes about it in more detail:
As I mentioned in my opening post I am still educating myself in theology (currently reading the Summa Theologica) and have not yet embraced any particular Christian denomination. For the time being I have found the Jefferson Bible to be an outstanding basis of morality – I predict that it shall remain so to me.In extracting the pure principles which he [Jesus] taught, we should have to strip off the artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priests, who have travestied them into various forms, as instruments of riches and power to themselves. We must dismiss the Platonists and Plotinists, the Stagyrites and Gamalielites, the Eclectics, the Gnostics and Scholastics, their essences and emanations, their logos and demiurges, aeons and daemons, male and female, with a long train of … or, shall I say at once, of nonsense. We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the amphibologisms into which they have been led, by forgetting often, or not understanding, what had fallen from him, by giving their own misconceptions as his dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for others what they had not understood themselves. There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his, and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill. The result is an octavo of forty-six pages, of pure and unsophisticated doctrines.
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