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6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying...

It is time.

No, it is past time.

Christians must stop saying the following things.

1. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.

It isn't inerrant and not likely even in the "original manuscripts." But then, I cannot say that with absolute certainty, anymore than anyone else can either.

Why? Because no such "original" manuscripts even exists. That's like saying, "We believe there are aliens on other planets!"

Good for you. Now, prove it.

As we have it, no matter what translation you favor, the Bible is replete with errors. To pretend otherwise is your right. To say otherwise is a lie. You are entitled to your opinions, your assumptions, even your beliefs. What you are not entitled to is a misrepresentation of the facts.

A corollary to this that Christians should stop saying is this:

2. We just believe the Bible.

That, too, is false. What you really believe is your interpretation of the Bible. And the last I checked, the history of the Christian church is the history of disagreement over "interpretation." How else do you explain the scores of denominations within Christianity alone? It would be patently more honest of Christians to say, "The following represents our understanding and interpretation of the Scriptures, but we are also aware there are many equally sincere Christians who interpret the Scriptures differently from us."

A third thing Christians should stop saying:

3. Jesus is the only way to heaven.

To READ More at the Huffington Post...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mcswain/6-things-christians-should-j...

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Steve, Once again you hit the

Steve,

Once again you hit the nail squarely on the head. 

I squirm when some of my Christian family and friends assert any or all of the six sayings you listed. Believe what you want, but don't tell me I'm going to hell or I'm heathen because I don't buy your line of thinking.

Annette

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Thank you Annette..

The blog I wrote for HuffPost has gone viral - whatever that means. But it touched some nerve and continues to draw thousands of responses. I think it's up to 15,000 "LIKES" over 1,000 comments, more than 3,000 Shares on FaceBook - unbelievable. It really isn't representative of my better writing - whatever "better" means for a novice like myself. But, anyway, I post things here because I know you and about two other people will be so kind as to actually respond or react. Maybe a few others read, as I do, but seldom respond. Thank you so much.

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My sons explain going viral

My sons explain going viral means it's being shared across the internet. That's really cool, because the bottom line is- you hit a nerve.

As for writing- I often really like a piece I write and get no feedback. I write something I think is so-so, and I get tons of comments. Go figure.

Keep writing and posting, because I do look forward to reading and sharing your posts.

Annette

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Thank you Annette...

It's still on the front page of the Huffpost and now up to nearly 2000 comments - go figure.