[EDIT UPDATE: Concerning the dust up with Calvinists... the primary one I got sideways with and I have made up - agreed to disagree - apologies given and accepted (on both sides - I got a little snarky... ;-) ) I am grateful that it turned this way.]
Well, I haven't moved yet. ARGH!!!
I haven't found a place yet - hope to tomorrow. Still job hunting - just uploaded my resume to several posts on Craig's List. 11 days and counting till I need to out of where I am. Sigh....
And in the middle of this, I made the mistake of getting involved in a bit of an argument with some Calvinists. Understand, until this year, I didn't even know what a Calvinist was... but what I have read and understand of the doctrine I cannot agree with. I came to the realization that even trying to have a Scripture debate where they present verses that back up their position then I do the same is an exercise in futility. We do not see the verses in the same light. Verses that, to me, clearly explain my position also, to them, clearly explain theirs. There is no fruitful means of furthering discussion in this that I can see. I actually found myself falling under a cloud of religious oppression the last few days - took me a bit to recognize what was up.
So.... I decided to post a song that says a lot of what I feel, sometimes, especially when dealing with people's harshness in promoting their beliefs or doctrines as being the only possible correct ones. (I probably do that, too, sometimes - sigh.) Most of the people in this exchange were not harsh, but....
I'm posting the lyrics first, then the video, because the style makes it hard, sometimes, to understand what they are saying - and it is important to understand what they are saying. ;-)
I just know Jesus is the WayI just know Jesus is the TruthI just know Jesus is the LifeI just know Jesus is my GodWhat makes you different from one another?Why do you argue about who you follow?There is no man that you belong toThere's only one God that can claim youI don't care if you speak in tonguesI don't care if you're into submersionWhat does it matter if you wear a liturgical robeOr prophesy and say that God said soI just know Jesus is the WayI just know Jesus is the TruthI just know Jesus is the LifeI just know Jesus is my GodDo you serve your name or do you serve mankind?Would you feel the same if they took down your sign?Could you sit next to me if I was Baptist or Presbyterian?Or do I need to be a Charismatic or Episcopalian?I don't care if you drink grape juice or if it's wineAnd I don't care if you get out of church on timeWhat does it matter if you praise God with music in your church?Or you burn you dead or bury them six feet in the dirt?I just know Jesus is the WayI just know Jesus is the TruthI just know Jesus is the LifeI just know Jesus is my GodI don't care if you clap your handsI don't care if you get out in the isle and danceWhat's it matter if someone lets out a hallelujah shout?have we forgotten what praising Yahweh is all about?(Disciple - I Just Know)