Don’t miss the forest for the trees.
I’m asking all of you former Bible believing Protestants… how were you able to disregard the truth of the Bible?
You do, of course, realize how many variations of “the truth” developed from Protestantism which continues to change with time, unlike Catholic teaching. Look at contraception - go see what Luther, Wesley and Calvin had to say about it. They were violently against it as a most hideous sin. Then somehow, following the Lambeth Conference in the 1930’s, its OK. Where exactly did that “truth” come from? Did the holy Spirit really give them an understanding that the entire collective history of the Church, including the Reformers were not able to access?
How are you able to say that many parts of it didn’t happen actually happen - that it’s mostly a collection of literary forms? I’m not able to do that.
I don’t think you’re being asked to do that - certainly not by the Church. But you must respect how radically different written communication was 2 thousand years ago. To deny this is to deny reality. That’s a key function of the Church: to guard the truth throughout all time. No individual at any point in time is capable of doing that…not you, no single theologian, and not me. And another thing Scott Hahn points out: the Bible is God revealing Salvation history - not natural history in the way we would write history. Keep that in mind…
I have been praying for discernment. Please Lord… don’t let me be led astray.
[font=Arial]Nothing wrong with that. But I think God has already answered this for us from the Bible…
[/font]Here, let me be God and anwser this for you:
I love you: I have died for you, I have risen, and I will come again for you. I will send you the holy Spirit to be with you. I will build you a Church on Peter the Rock which Satan will never triumph over. I will have them "go and make disciples of all nations baptizing and TEACHING all I have commanded. Matt 29:19-20. They will not simply be distributing bibles for you to read. And this Church will be “the pillar and foudation of the truth” 1Tim 3:15. Do you really have a better plan?
I’m begining to feel like the frog in the pot. (You know… if it’s throw into the boiling water it was jump out but if it’s placed in the water & the temp. is slowly turned up it doesn’t jump out but it dies nonetheless.) Little red flags have been thrown up all along and I’ve pushed them aside. I think God is using this as my giant wake up call. I just can’t accept that the Bible isn’t true… that it’s a collection of prevaling myths and literary forms.
Again, I don’t know specifically what you’re talking about, but “myths and literary forms” were used to CONVEY TRUTH especially when that truth existed outside the day to day reality of peoples lives.
How could all of you?
HE is the way, the Truth and the Life. don’t lose your focus. What is it exactly that you need to believe that you feel you’re being asked to give up? Why is this so difficult? Does it in any way diminish God’s attributes or Christ’s sacrifice? If not, why do you feel the need to hold onto it? Think about it and continue to pray. I will pray for you as well.