Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:49 am
JasonPratt wrote:Thanks for the intro, Sherman!
Not all of us are specifically missionaries (though some are--one of our mods is or was a longtime missionary to the Middle East, Iraq and Syria if I recall correctly), so it'll be interesting to hear some stories from the front line there. (Even if your mission field isn't literally the front line in other ways. )
Most of us here disagree with one another on various things--sometimes at length --but currently only three or four are disagreeable about their disagreements (so to speak). We won't ban anyone just for holding a belief, but the admins and mods (myself included) are rather on edge at the moment due to those people and attitudes.
As long as you don't demonize the motives of non-universalists, though, you should be okay. As A37 notes, typically they're just trying to protect from what they consider not only false doctrine but false doctrine with unspeakably hopeless and terrifying consequences if promoted. (I've met I think only one non-universalist personally who was gung-ho on the notion that we should be glad those damned non-elect are going to fry and not be wimpy about having pity on them. He was a Calvinist, as you might have guessed; also not someone who posts on this board. But most Calvs I've met don't go that far.)
The site owners would prefer for the forum to be a place for technical discussion, not for venting, or trying to score rhetorical points--whether to amuse yourself or in order to 'provoke' discussion or otherwise. We're usually pretty lenient even about that, but as noted we're a bit on edge right now.
Thanks Jason for your gracious reply. I don't usually vent, and will refrain from doing so in the future. I too enjoy more of a technical discussion, though I do enjoy wording things in a compelling way. As to "scoring rhetorical points", I do try to state things plainly and often employ metaphors to communicate my point. The goal is communication though, not "scoring points". I hope to make my posts clear and compelling.
Thanks for your welcome.