randylkemp wrote:fatherlearningtolove wrote:Listen - my problem here is that internet critics are some of the most demanding and lazy people out there. I put so much work into my writing already, and have gotten nothing back from it. Not a dime. Occasionally I get a compliment, but more often I get people who want to argue. I'm so, so tired of arguing. And if I smell a heresy hunt, I'm not going to even try to lure you in to read my work - you're not worth the time, if you're a heresy hunter. That's a headache I don't need in my life - and I know because I've had too many of them already. I think I've given plenty in this thread - don't like it, don't read. Or if it makes you curious, go read.
No, I won't read it. And that would go for many folks, if you don't tell them where you are coming from. And it all depends on what you mean by heresy and who's on the other side. For Christians embracing exclusivism and traditional hell teachings,folks here would be embracing heresy - by embracing universalism. As far as arguments go, I usually refrain - unless someone attacks me first. It's the martial arts philosophy of aikido and jujitsu. And I can guarantee that you won't be presenting any position here, that I haven't already encountered in academia or at the Theosophical Society.
I think I could have a civilized conversation with anyone, about anything, and there are no heresy hunters here that I know of. I am not speaking for Randy, but in my original question, I just wanted to know if you saw the other three religions(kaballah,budhism,hinduism) as equal paths, and if you saw Jesus as Messiah, or as just one of several avatars.
I have read enough of your blog to know you have a lot of knowledge and some insight- but after reading 6 sections I could not tell where you stand on those things. I have no desire to "straighten anybody out", but since you posted your material here to read, I think it was fair to ask.
I hate to assume -but since you are a bit dodgy about simple answers I am going to assume you're teaching comes out of the wheelhouse of the book you linked to, "Parallel Sayings"- and thats all right, I was just trying to get to the heart of your implications, which are definitely not that clear in your blog. I think you are straddling as long as possible before you come out and tell Christians you think the scriptures are largely inaccurate myths and the fundamentals of what we would call Christian faith(Virgin birth, bodily resurrection of Jesus, his Messiahship) are fables intended to teach other, more universal truths.