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Thu, 19 Jul 2001 19:32:03 +0100
Hi Martin and Joachim ........
On 19 Jul 2001, at 17:21, Martin Gruner wrote:
> the Bible is the first thing to agree on. I suggest to consider the Chicago
> Declaration of Bible Inerrancy (the first one of the 3 declarations).
It's precisely what *some* might mean by "Bible Inerrancy" that does
> No. This is too easy. Imo problems arose when people started to put their
> own thoughts (may it be philosophical or otherwise) above what the bible
This is *exactly* what my dearly beloved Christadelphian friends say.
They are completely and absolutely devoted to Bible Inerrancy (second
only to God - and they are seven day (literal) creationists. I can cope
with that, even though I differ from their understanding. But they are also
Unitarians because (they say) this is a late, man made doctrine and is
not supported by the Bible.
Please try and discuss the Bible with a Christadelphian - they are
sincere, wonderful Christians IMO - even though as a Trinitarian I
disagree with them on some points. It is through working closely with
them for some months that I am firmly of the opinion that statements of
faith can be trouble with a big T. BTW - the JW's as far as I know split
from the Chistadelphians in the early days (am I right?) and they claim to
be Bible Inerrancists too!
Sorry - I don't want to seem critical, but am in the process of working to
form a local ecumenical partnership in our area God can be witnessed by
one church rather than a lot of competing groups. It's tough - and the
last thing we need there are statements of faith that cause argument.
I'm a fairly moderat liberal charismatic Christian, and I'm working closely
with a conservatinve evangelical Pentecostal Pastor. We agree on most
things - and we all have the same Bible and the same God and the same
Lord Jesus Christ - and for us that is something that unites when we pray
and worship together.
Since I mentioned the Trinity - I'd like to suggest that you, I and maybe
all the members of this list have slightly varying ideas as to *exactly*
what the Trinity is and means - to my mind that's fine, as long as you
don't try to force me to agree with your view and vice versa. Wars have
been fought over less!
>From Barry Drake (The Revd - minister of Arnold United Reformed Church,
Nottingham - see http://www.arnold-urc.supanet.com for our church homepages).
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