The issue is not who’s right or who’s wrong, it’s who’s committed to being a part of the body of Christ. The last thing God wants is for us all to agree. The first thing He wants is for us to love each other.
My goal is not to get you to agree with me or to be the last word on anything. I would like to be a word that leads you there, but the last word is and will always be from God, and you can only find that yourself. My goal is for you to know the truth, because the truth will set you free, and part of that freedom is the freedom of thought. You don’t have freedom of thought if I’m doing your thinking for you. You get to think what you want to think and say what you want to say as long as it’s covered in love. That’s what we are building here, a place where you can openly seek the truth and air all your questions along the way.
It has to be this way because the truth always challenges our way of seeing things. The truth will become yours when you find it, not when you agree with someone. So that means that on your way to the truth we may disagree. That’s alright. Be patient. Listen to what is being said. Look for the truth in it and confirm that in your heart.
Truth is not always a straight line. Jesus was constantly talking around things. He told parables and stories; He exaggerated things; He used every literary trick in the books including irony and sarcasm. Some of the things He said to the Pharisees can make your skin crawl. He did that because He loved them and it was the only way He could get through their blindness and their thick skin of self-righteousness. Jesus was not running a popularity club.
Jesus did not leave us a book of truths (i.e. this is the way you should think on everything). He was leading us to God. Try turning the words of Jesus into a manual. Try even outlining Him. You can’t do it. He did not come to bring us everything we need to know on every subject. He did not come to answer our questions; He came to question our answers, because our questions will lead us to God far quicker than our answers. Answers are only that: answers. Put them in a book and sell them. Teach them in a seminar and then get everyone to agree.
It’s much more important how we treat each other than what we think.