Thanks for your helpful response. Your distinction between gossip and slander is concise, and your examples provided are helpful to understand this concept in a mature life scenario. I now see how the term gossip is closer to what I thought I was doing, even though they might be related.
I completely agree with this. It’s interesting that one can read the same bible and draw different conclusions; however, as noted by the teacher, to find an answer to a question we have from the bible, we should find that answer in the bible. This is where the misunderstanding began. As I elaborated in the other forum, finding and answer to a question from the closest source is certainly a good thing to practice, but viewing the text in context is more crucial. And indeed, when one bible doctrine is so widely accepted such as ‘salvation through faith’, then an appropriate conclusion can be drawn to it’s validity. It’s also true that just because a majority agree with something, it doesn’t mean it’s correct, it’s a perspective that’s vastly accepted, but not necessarily valid. Islam believe that Jesus was not crucified, and that Mohammed is the final prophet of God, but if this is true such as they claim, then Jesus couldn’t have been crucified by pilate, and Christianity must be false. I need a lecture on Truth myself, and I’m going off on a tangent…
It certainly is! Ps 133:1. Prayer helps this immensely. It builds a loving and humble atmosphere of learning.
I spoke to them again on Monday about faith, justification, and then salvation, and I made some progress. Asking them to read certain verses, and then interpret the meaning on surface level helped this. So I got them to confess that we are saved by grace through faith, and that it is the Spirit which helps us produce good works, to which they became inquisitive about. However, since they have taught this for months now, it will be difficult to swallow the pride pill and start clean. So, humble disagreement looks more likely than mutual understanding.
Is 55:8; John 18:38, 14:6
Sorry I couldn’t respond earlier. I had somewhat of a fast from this forum.
I really appreciate your wisdom in your response!