April 16, 2008
Thank you for this post. While I am not ready to embrace what the emergents are saying simply based on what Jan had said, I see the merit in trying to figure out what the other person/generation is saying, not merely the words, but the meaning they mean by them.<br>I found Eugene Peterson's "Eat this book" was helpful in understanding the importance of engaging people in the language they can understand.
I have a problem with the word Chocolate, which is good to eat, but bad for me to eat. Is that what you are getting at? I've heard, "that is not what I meant and you are taking it out of it's context". Mostly from those whom are trying to prove a point or convince someone to vote for them. Sin is sin is sin, you only think it's the good stuff to justify what you are or have done. It somehow makes all of the frustration you have caused yourself better. It also gives you an opportunity to forgive those who do sin against you or God. There is an answer however and it's simple, Love God and Love One Another. In God's Grace John
Isn't the solution that one commonly understood language should be agreed to rather than saying any definition is okay for different people/groups? Different languages create division; different meanings cause confusion. Can't we agree, as a goal, to have a common language i.e., understanding. It seems we take pride in unnecessary differences.<br><br>In Christian Science the word "sin" means "nothing trying to become something." Does changing a definition help dialogue? Does loading a word with anything we want help discourse? Are we afraid, or overly considerate, to say, "I'm sorry, but that's not what that word means?"<br><br>As we accept different definitions of common words we drift from what could be a common bond leading to deeper relationships, to frustration and distancing.<br><br>Can we not agree, as a goal, to find common meaning? Or is it impossible?
Jan has a great blog. I read it quite often. She made some really good points and the Pespi example describes it nicely.
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