At the urging of another CA forum member, I am posting this thread.
I am engaged in a conversation (actually a series of conversations) on an Evangelical blog site. The Catholic perspective has been invited to comment in that the person running the blog, asked for comment by addressing the topics here at CA and linking to his site. I have been welcomed and have been conversing freely on the issues raised. Currently, I am engaged in an exchange that delves into the issue of what are Core beliefs that are necessary for the salvation.
I would appreciate any comments/guidance on my posts from any CA forum member.
Although I agree with the premise of the original post, namely that there are core beliefs that we must hold to call ourselves Christian, I took issue with a direction I saw evidenced in a few of the responses and posted the following:
Felicity* on 26 Jul 2007 at 7:51 am #
I understand considering what are essential beliefs for our own salvation and for building up the Church and the glory of God, but there seems to be an elephant in the room in this exchange that is NOT about building up, but rather about singling out who is “saved” and who is not. I do not mean offense by this—merely it is an observation about the direction the conversation appears to have taken to an outside observer.
8 For if we live, we live for the Lord, 3 and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 Why then do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
11 for it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12 So (then) each of us shall give an account of himself (to God).
13 Then let us no longer judge one another, but rather resolve never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
27 If an unbeliever invites you and you want to go, eat whatever is placed before you, without raising questions on grounds of conscience.
28 But if someone says to you, “This was offered in sacrifice,” do not eat it on account of the one who called attention to it and on account of conscience;
29 I mean not your own conscience, but the other’s. For why should my freedom be determined by someone else’s conscience?
30 If I partake thankfully, why am I reviled for that over which I give thanks?
31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
32 Avoid giving offense, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God,
33 just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved.