Thursday, August 02, 2007

On my mind...

Pearlie honored and tagged me with a cool whatever you call it. I'm already working on it, and it has been sweet to contemplate all of your names written in a unique way.

Do any of you caregive someone who is difficult to get along with? I have to take my brother to the dentist in Dallas today. I've not touched much on this subject, but he is alienating my husband and sons by the way he treats me--and them on occasion. Any advice?

I've got a post on my mind, but of course, must research a bit. In your mind, what is a heretic?

Back later. Blessings!


Don R said...

1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
2. Roman Catholic Church. a baptized Roman Catholic who willfully and persistently rejects any article of faith.
3. anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.

I think it probably fits #3 the closest,if you add "that I believe", to the end of the definition. Chappy and I definitely fit #1, #2, #3. If you look at heresies down through the ages (eons=aion):), many times the heresies became the orthodox in time. Jesus was certainly considered a heretic to the temple leaders of his day. Heresy is a very fluid term.... One man's heretic is another man's brother in the faith...Blessings!

codepoke said...

So many things going on, but I really wanted to comment on this. I'm sorry, I'll probably have to be brief.

A heretic is something Paul defined, and we lost the definition for. We've been trying to figure it out ever since.

There are two types of heretics.
1) Not saved:
This person believes lots of facts about God, and since he doesn't know God, he gets a bunch of them wrong. That does not stop him from becoming a religious leader, and confusing many of the true children of God, though.

2) Saved:
It's exactly like the first one, but this guy knows God and puts his head or feelings or will in front of the Spirit within him, makes mistakes, and confuses many of the other children of God.

The difference between the two is that when rebuked, one eventually is convicted and repents. The other splits the church and breaks the hearts of many of the children he's been confusing.

That's just my two cents. Mostly, this is one of the most important questions in practical Christianity, and when you asked it you just fired me up to think about it. So, those are my first thoughts.

I look forward to your conclusions!

karen said...

Thanks, guys! I'm working on this...don't know if I'll get it done before I leave for Colorado on Monday.