Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Neil, back in the good ol' days
Then Neil banned me, which is OK, since he's gone so far hard-right on so many issues, and painted himself into so many corners he's become irrational to the point of needing some kind of intervention.
It reminds me of the Dwarf-Ghost (the real Neil) and the Tragedian (blogging Neil) in C.S. Lewis's "The Great Divorce." The real Neil is going to blink out of existence one day, and the snarling, judgmental, mean-spirited blogging Neil is all that will be left.
The problem with Neil's position on Scripture (as with so much else) is that it isn't reasoned, as he thinks. It's rhetorical. He has the points he wants to drive home, and uses reductive categories - "Jesus is God", "God is the Author of Scripture or it's full of lies" - that are actually heretical, even though he neither realizes nor cares this to be the case.
His oft-repeated "Jesus is God" statement is a marvelous case in point. This is an example of modalism, denying the Trinitarian nature of the Christian God. It is true to say that Jesus was fully human and fully Divine. Yet, to reduce this to "Jesus is God" is wrong. Jesus is the incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity, beloved of the Father, in the full presence and power and love the Holy Spirit (because all Three Persons are always united in love in all acts of God). Saying "Jesus is God" denies the Trinitarian reality that is the Christian God.
One could go on, but I think the point is pretty clear. Neil has no interest in anything other than shouting loud enough and long enough so that every individual who disagrees with him is silenced. With his on-going obsessive behavior toward Rev. Currie, and his truly hate-filled turn toward any disagreement and those who express them, he is, as Currie said, barely hanging on.
My theory as a communications perfessional is that as long as communication is goin' on, there is at least a chance for peace.
But, yer right: He doedn't want peace, because he's RIGHT. He just wants to win - or worse yet, he thinks he's already won.
Which is just so much temporal, human, fearful, selfish, stupid, prideful, mean, anti-Christian bullshit it boggles the mind.
But it does, also, grieve the heart. At least mine, a little.
As I said, the real Neil is a small Dwarf-Ghost -- getting smaller by the day.
And, since I know we are admonished not to judge -- because we are incapable of any fair assessment -- don't consider this a judgment. It's my own observation is all, which anyone can take or leave.
But dang. The boy needs help.
I do not care what names he calls me. A point I made - that there is an actual record of our interactions and anyone even remotely interested can consult it - probably frightens him more than anything. I expressed no fear whatsoever from anyone considering all I've written over and against all he's written.
What bothers me, more than a little, is libeling Rev. Currie with the whole "serial liar" thing. If Chuck were less gracious, he would probably go after Neil. That he continues to try communicating with Neil at Neil's website, I think, means that Currie needs a little more prompting from the rest of us as to how futile it is.
Interesting lessons. #12 is particularly appropriate and clearly something no one ever told the amerikkkan descent crowd. ;)
I would only amend Currie's notion that Neil is "a bit" crazy. Honestly - I think he's all the way around the bend, and has set up camp in crazy, just waiting on the contractor lay the foundation for his house there.
ER, your stance in that thread is both brave, impressive and also made a big impression on me...
If we're to believe every world in the Bible is the authoritative guidance for how we are to live our lives and follow God's will, then how do we balance it with the passage that the only perfection is God in Heaven? Wouldn't that then mean that the Gospels, written by man, are less than perfect? As someone trying to find his way back to church and struggling to balance what I was taught growing up versus what I know as an adult, all of this has me re-thinking things quite a bit...
Not sure what to ultimately do with it all. But what really comes through to me is that I really don't think God wants us to go around finding ways to hate each other...
Maybe some day I'll have the guts to approach you in person and hit you up with more questions about what all this means...
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