I am kind of a lurker here. I have been reading posts and enjoying the input and perspectives. Hoping y’all have some resources or previously discussed topics to share with me.
I am currently reading through the Bible with a friend. We get together weekly to discuss and flesh out question areas. As I have done this for awhile and she hasn’t, I am somewhat the default leader although this lady is very sharp and insightful.
Unfortunately, although she has been a church member for years and a devoted follower of Jesus, she is having a crisis of faith as she really delves into the character of God. She has also struggled with the “less than nice”things that Jesus said in the gospels-“I have not come to bring peace but a sword…”. She really wants to believe that God is love and following Jesus is all about love. Some strong Emergent church, Richard Rohr influence is also present in herlife.
Anyway, the question is…what are some resources to help her think through her positions on God’s holiness, on the slippery slope of rejecting parts of Scripture, and enable her to grasp some moral absolutes?
I am reading Michael Wittmer’s book and have read the recent post with diagrams about ‘absolutes, convictions, opinions,etc’ and think these might be helpful. I am hoping to give her some things that are simple but that can help her answer some of these questions. I have also shared parts of Nancy Pearseys book, Total Truth, with her.
My advice to her when she shared her conflicts was to keep struggling and keep wrestling with these issues because they are important. She would much rather not believe the words of the Bible because they are hard and might require some further study and understanding. It is easy to go to the side that says’believe what you want, the Christian walk should be easy and filled with love…that’s how Jesus was’
Thanks for any direction.