I keep telling myself one day I will learn when to shut up, when enough is enough so I think in that spirit I will back out now. We seem to have some very different ideas about things. Thats ok 😉 I hope peoples responces to your initial post have been helpful.
It’s okay, and I am sorry if my response was emotive. I have had a lot of people treat my decision to divorce my husband, and the subsequent relationship with Sandra, as something I did on a sudden, selfish whim, and I guess that’s still a sore spot for me.
I arrived at every decision I’ve made, only after long hours of soul searching and prayer and I feel that every step I’ve made has been guided by God. *sighs* Maybe I should write a book, too. 😉 The thing that stops me is my ex-husbands Italian connections, if you know what I mean. 😆
Not sure how he would react to a tell-all from me.
To go back to two opposing truths being impossible, I’ll frame it in more abstract terms, because God is an abstract being imo so lets look at it like this.
Today the weather is fine where I am, but somewhere else it may be raining. I can say: “It’s hot and sunny here.” and my friend in the rainy zone can say: “It’s a wet, cloudy day here.” We’re both right. They’re both truth.
It’s like the six blind men and the elephant Poem.
John Godfrey Saxe’s ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend,
It was six men of Indostan,
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The First approach’d the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -“Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear,
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”
The Third approach’d the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” -quoth he- “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee:
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” -quoth he,-
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said- “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” -quoth he,- “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!
So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean;
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!
We are in the same, unfortunate state as these six men of Indostan. The Bible is very much open to interpretation, and like it or not, when we interpret something, we do so through the filters of our own lives, experiences and levels of knowledge. We are all reading the same book, with different eyes, and thus we often come up with a different part of the elephant, and we think our part of it is the whole.
I guess we need to go back to Anthony’s method at that point, and ask ourselves, “what would love do now?” Because far above everything else the Bible teaches, it teaches us to deal with one another from the standpoint of love.