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Old 01-28-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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Why is there so much arguing in the Christianity forum? Why can't there be just an acceptance of differences?

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Old 01-28-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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Why is there so much arguing in the Christianity forum? Why can't there be just an acceptance of differences?
I don't see why people can't have civilized debates on things they disagree about. When people become emotional and uncivilized, that always leads to censorship (loss of freedom of expression of ideas). And censorship leads to people finding somewhere else to discuss things. I'm opposed to outright censorship of topics in general. I think so long as people do not use ad hom or intentionally inflammatory language, discussions should not be censored.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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I'm still scratching my head wondering what is so wrong with asking someone about their beliefs and their perspectives...

Just because a person is secure in their own beliefs on a particular topic, is it so wrong to honestly and sincerely want to understand another's person's PERSPECTVE on the topic?? In an effort to better understand the PERSON and how they view God? Isn't GOD the main topic of the threads on this forum??
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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I'm still scratching my head wondering what is so wrong with asking someone about their beliefs and their perspectives...

Just because a person is secure in their own beliefs on a particular topic, is it so wrong to honestly and sincerely want to understand another's person's PERSPECTVE on the topic?? In an effort to better understand the PERSON and how they view God? Isn't GOD the main topic of the threads on this forum??
I think partly its the nature of written medium in an online forum.

In real life you can ask a question, and people can read your body language and immediately see that you are open, sincere, inquiring - perhaps just to understand what they believe - or perhaps to share something.

In an online forum, you ask a question and sometimes a "tone" is read into it that is just not there or not intended. The question becomes an attack that must be defended against - why did you ask me that? What hidden agenda is there in that question? And sometimes the question is meant to raise a point that may conflict with what you believe. Then it surely becomes a matter of defence, instead of just trying to explain a view. Just some thoughts.

Pride is also a big issue. For all of us.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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Why is there so much arguing in the Christianity forum? Why can't there be just an acceptance of differences?
Jazzymom,
ALL religions create divisions as long as there are "some" who are excluded from the group.
Christian, Judaism, Islam.. It makes no difference. If your religion tells you that certain people are "heretics" and "infidels" then there is already a lack of tolerance.

But praise God, He loves ALL of us!! This should make us REJOICE!! (And it will also bring unity where before there was division.)

Blessings,
brian
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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Christian, Judaism, Islam.. It makes no difference. If your religion tells you that certain people are "heretics" and "infidels" then there is already a lack of tolerance.
Or "spiritless book worshippers". Yes, I think if the name calling disappeared, the tone of the board would change.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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I think partly its the nature of written medium in an online forum.

In real life you can ask a question, and people can read your body language and immediately see that you are open, sincere, inquiring - perhaps just to understand what they believe - or perhaps to share something.

In an online forum, you ask a question and sometimes a "tone" is read into it that is just not there or not intended. The question becomes an attack that must be defended against - why did you ask me that? What hidden agenda is there in that question?
I totally get what you're saying. I've been discussing on forums for years and I am hyper-aware of that.

BUT...when you go out of your way to assure that the questions you are asking are sincere. That your tone is a friendly one.... that you are sincerely just wanting to know their perspective?

Well, I guess sometimes there is just not much you can do to convince someone that you actually CARE about their views and aren't just trying to fight them.

I don't know what else to say.

Sometimes you just can't win.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Or "spiritless book worshippers". Yes, I think if the name calling disappeared, the tone of the board would change.
I won't say any names, Finn... but there are indeed people who worship the Bible, and consider it "Christian." The scriptures tell us that the word "became flesh," not paper.

I put up a thread here once about "Jesus on your nightstand." That was my whole point. If Jesus is a book, then why is it that Christians are selling Him for profit in bookstores??

Blessings,
brian
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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I totally get what you're saying. I've been discussing on forums for years and I am hyper-aware of that.

BUT...when you go out of your way to assure that the questions you are asking are sincere. That your tone is a friendly one.... that you are sincerely just wanting to know their perspective?

Well, I guess sometimes there is just not much you can do to convince someone that you actually CARE about their views and aren't just trying to fight them.

I don't know what else to say.

Sometimes you just can't win.
Well, if you are referring to your locked topic, then all I can say is you didn't TRULY desire to see things from a Annihilationist point of view. You were looking at a trap and bait. What? You don't know enough about it to base an opinion? There are PLENTY of sites out there to give you insight, including the BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN,,the written Word of God called the Bible.

Nuff said.

Peace, and may you actually find the Truth.

Tony
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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What do you mean they argue all the time?
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