Originally posted by no1marauder
While passages have to be read in context, what you have done is reach certain conclusions and then interpret all passages to conform to your pre-existing views.
While passages have to be read in context, what you have done is reach certain conclusions and then interpret all passages to conform to your pre-existing views. Christ hasn't established his deity if there are passages clearly indicating that his will is subordinate to the Father (at least he hasn't established that he is not, at most, a lesser deity). ...[text shortened]... ng you have failed to explain. If Jesus was fully God he would hardly need such assistance.
Quite the contrary, actually. Beginning with the basics (does God exist; has He spoken to man; what is that record, etc.), man is inevitably drawn to the truth of Scripture and the principles thereof. When we stop short and allow ourselves to become distracted by the pretty flowers along the way, we 'burn the picture for the ashes,' as it has been said.
We do ourselves a disservice to begin with pre-suppositions of any kind, just as much of a disservice as allowing ourselves to become distracted while on the path and refusing to commit to the whole journey. While doubt and questions can indeed initiate investigation, when we allow them to always be our final answer, we may as well never start. By this, I don't mean that questions aren't welcomed: they are not only encouraged, but demanded. "Ask, seek, knock.." as we have been instructed is a great rule of thumb. There is, however, the danger that in constantly asking that we somehow forget what answer we were looking for in the first place. In heaven, I'm certain there will be people who are convinced they are only dreaming.
All that being said, it is with more than an open mind that I have arrived at the conclusions I currently hold. My inquiry went beyond doubt to absolute rejection. But when I realized that my rejection had become my sacred cow, I looked again, testing my doubt against all comers. The systematic view of doctrine is where I stand as a result of that transparency.