Join Date: Aug 2006
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Over the last few years, I've been realizing how fear-based fundamentalist theology really is. And I used to get my back up when I'd hear others label my brand of Christianity "fear-based."
But when I started thinking more critically, I realized there was a real push (at least in my denomination) to get people to hold back from really exploring new ideas, literature, and various media for ourselves.
There was always the danger that we could get "deceived," and believing any kind of error was seen as a fate worse than death. Even if it seems like a small, inconsequential error, it might just be that little marble you slip on, that sends you hurtling down the cliff into hell.
I recall hearing a conversation between two women in my former church. They were both agreeing that they could always tell whether someone else was spirit-filled, because spirit-filled people were always bugged by the same movies they were. If someone couldn't see anything wrong with a particular movie these women didn't like, that just meant that other person hadn't "arrived" yet.
In contrast, evolutionists aren't saying that a belief in creation science will send you to hell -- they're just saying (I think) that it closes you off to being able to understand some things. I realize there are probably "hard-liners" on both sides of the debate. I just really, really prefer the side that at least encourages people to explore and do genuine critical thinking, without throwing the wrench in there that "you'll go to hell if you don't come to the right conclusion!"
The more I grow and age, the more I realize how impossible it is not to believe some error. We try out our various hypothesis about life, and pretty much learn from our mistakes. Or at least, that's how it seems to happen for me a lot of the time.
It's been so wonderful for me to realize that it was never God telling me I had to live in fear of exploration and making mistakes. I feel like all these years, God's been calling me out to roam in the great big world -- and here I thought some mean stable-boy was God. It's time to fire the stable-boy and worship the Lord.
Susan -- married unschoolin' WAHMomma to two lovely girls (born 2000 and 2005).