Ron Shank and I are making progress of sorts. We have taken our discussion about things religious off the public stage into email and chat.
Ron and I are surprisingly similar. There are, however, things that we strongly believe that differ. Here is a brief summary.
|Bible is Infallible||Yes||No|
|Bible is Valuable||Yes||Yes|
|homosexuality is an Abomination||Yes||No†|
|There's more to Christianity than being a Good Person||Yes||Yes|
|Promiscuous behavior can be physically harmful||Yes‡||Yes|
|Promiscuous behavior is a Mortal Sin||Yes||Yes|
|Homosexuals should be allowed to Marry||No||Yes*|
|Marriage would 'Save' Homosexuals||No||Yes|
- I haven't passed this table before Ron yet, but I think I have captured his intentions in the table. If he disagrees, or wants other qualifiers, I will update this post.
- † God and the Bible would seem to disagree with me on this point.
- ‡ perhaps Ron would say that unrepentant promiscuity is always dangerous to your salvation
- * I do not think marriage must be supported by churches; I would be satisfied by a secular service that had some legal weight. If they wish to profess their commitment to God, that is up to them, naturally.
Ron and I have yet to discuss Salvation. I suspect that my beliefs as listed above preclude me from Salvation. Then again, it has been pointed out that I am an idolater, thief, adulterer, liar and a murder.
I probably wasn't going to Heaven anyway.