Ray: Yes and No. At the detailed, historical" level, I question everything, and see a document full of inconsistencies--and fallacies. Many critical documents seem to be missing altogether. But at a deeper, "what it means to me" level, it is a constant source of inspiration--ever changing.
Matt: Surely, one cannot just cherry pick the parts of a text which resonate with their own idea of Christianity. Is that what you do, Ray?
Ray: By no means, Matt, do I cherry pick. I see the scriptures as a framework to guide my Christian "way" of life--and the communication is ongoing--gaining in richness over the years. Jesus is a model for Christian life, but the model behaved, as a mortal man, thousands of years ago, delivering guidance that is desperately in need of updating. Nothing is easy. Updating requires direct help from God through the Holy Spirit, and indirect help from others--in person and through writings--who have faced the same challenges. One consequence of that "updating" is a constantly evolving personal epistemology--often reflectively reconsidered before, during, or after activities that are, were, or will be part of the Christian way of life.
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