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  1. descended says:

    Michael
    #5

    Kind of a rabbit trail from this thought, but how does your affiliation with Anglicanism/Church of England stand in light of the recent legitimization of transgenderism in the Church of England? Maybe there is a larger separation between Anglicans and Church of England than I realize? Or maybe that’s all in discussion? Will your tiny branch become disenfranchised over its culturally conservative views?

  2. Michael says:

    descended,

    Those issues split Anglicanism a few years ago.
    I’ll be part of a “conservative” offshoot that has separated from Canterbury…

  3. Babylon's Dread says:

    We certainly are reading the thoroughness of your conversion. I much prefer it to debate over the fineries of monergism. The edge however, remains.

  4. Corby says:

    I think most people would agree that they don’t deserve to go to Heaven, but they definitely don’t deserve to go to Hell, so they should go to Heaven by default. The main obstacle I have found when talking about Heaven and Hell is getting rid of the whole concept of deserving either one. While it is true to a degree, it obfuscates the actual issue which is sin nature and the grace of God. You don’t become a car thief because you stole a car. You stole a car because you already were a car thief in heart, mind, and action.

  5. Michael says:

    I have a problem with the pop definitions of both heaven and hell.
    True conversion is an encounter and relationship with Jesus, not fire insurance.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I am not as up on my CS Lewis as I should be, but to be honest I was never that compel to follow him.
    #1&2 – It he says the lock to hell is on the inside does he suggest one may change their mind, open the door and walk into heaven? That seems strange as he was a believer in purgatory and that would seem to be the answer.

    #3 -hell is populated with forgiven sinners. Good and bad are not hell entrance categories.

  7. Jtk says:

    Michael,

    Take Trey to see “The Star.”

    Pretty amazing.

    They must’ve been cutting onions for the hot dogs…

  8. ( |o )====::: says:

    “True conversion is an encounter and relationship with Jesus, not fire insurance.”

    <3

  9. David H says:

    If many Christians actually read Lewis, instead of hearing cherry picked quotes, they’d run screaming into the night.

  10. Michael says:

    JTK,

    I will and make him pay… 🙂

  11. Captain Kevin says:

    Comfort with mystery: You mean as in I’ve looked at this from different angles and still don’t understand it fully, and I’m ok with that?

  12. Michael says:

    CK,

    Exactly…and I’m free to stop looking at it, period. 🙂

  13. Captain Kevin says:

    #5 – my hope, as opposed to fear, is that God’s grace is broader than I can even imagine. Wretch like me has no other recourse.

  14. descended says:

    CS forgets to include that Hell is locked from the inside and only God has the keys.

    Or maybe he didn’t. I dunno. I only read the Chronicles.

  15. Michael says:

    Arguing about hell will get us as far as arguing about the Eucharist…

  16. descended says:

    Lol, true

  17. Owen says:

    #8 ,

    Very comfortable with mysteries involving God – it’s comforting to know that , not only is there someone bigger and better than me in charge, but I’m not expected to figure everything out.

    The “holiday season” irks me as well. So much that, whenever someone wishes me “happy holidays” I have to restrain the urge to smack them.
    A study of the incarnation sounds like a great cure. Another wonderful mystery.

  18. Dan from Georgia says:

    I like thoughts 7 and 8.

    Re: 8 and mystery…been thinking about mystery versus “knowing-it-all-ism” recently, and how some believers think that they have to have EVERYTHING figured out. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems as though Calvinists struggle with this alot…meaning thinking that they have to have it all figured out…have to have all the pieces fit.

    One aspect of mystery that is dear to me is animals/pets and the afterlife. The Bible isn’t explicit in what happens to animals/insect/critters in general. I have my beliefs, but my belief is gleaned from a few passages in the Bible that allude to animals in heaven. What about insects and varmits? Well, we really don’t know do we. What about my beloved dog Sophie? Well, we really don’t know, do we?

  19. Dan from Georgia says:

    Oh, and the “holiday season” too….becoming more baa humbug too. Tired of all the running around and selfish people that just have to get that big screen TV or laptop, and will exhibit holiday cheer by pushing aside and stepping on other people to get some stupid inanimate object of their worship.

    Also seeing how I can manage to make it through the next month without hearing “Santa Baby”, “Christmas Shoes”, or “Last Christmas”.

    Barf.

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