I think that MLC's post was probably a hit and run. I suspect that (s)he won't return.
So far as I'm concerned, I've struggled my way back to Christ...but on terms very different from the Evangelical world I used to be a part of. However a number of decades ago, I could have written that post. It bears the hallmarks of someone who is desperate to believe.
There are use of catch-phrases, "a relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ by the infilling of the Holy Spirit", that only someone in the same milieu could fully comprehend.
Were you truly a Christian then you would understand the context and emotive power of such a statement and respond in kind. Since you don't use the same language, then your assertions about faith are suspect. It follows that you are not a true Christian, but rather a victim of some non-Christ centered church.
So then you are given the Gospel: God has a wonderful plan for your life; we are separated from God by sin; God has bridged that gap with his only Son, Jesus Christ; all we need to do to enjoy God's wonderful plan is accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The underlying suppositions of original sin, and the need for a ritual murder as recompense for sin are not explained. It would be best not to question them.
Questions as to *why* you left the faith remain unasked. Probably because you went to the premier Evangelical seminary in the country - a statement I'm still trying to bend my mind around.
But, like I said, I could have authored the same missive back in the day. It is cant. It is formulaic. Yet it has an internal logic: You say you were a Christian. Now you are not. No true Christian would stop believing. Therefore you never were. That is both a comfort and a curse for me: no true Christian would ever stop believing.
The idea that God transcends belief systems and cannot be reduced to a set of doctrinal statements is abhorrent. Such an idea smacks of liberalism and allows for the questioning of biblical authority.
At the end of the day, it would appear that one's salvation is not assured by Grace as much as it is the constant assent to a list of particulars that seem ever more remote.
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