Few disagreements continue on the basis of 100% error. From the beginning, our spiritual enemy told a half truth (Gen 3:5) and ever since we have been unintentionally, falling into his example.
Sometimes the art of telling half-truths is intentional. But more often it reflects the limitations of one point of view.
Monologues tend to reflect one perspective. Good conversation tends to draw out different ways of looking at the truth.
We’ve often seen two sides (or more) surface in this blog . Recent conversations have revolved around a God who is both one and three; a spiritual life that involves work to rest; and, around the last post, recognition of the written and living word of God… which involves seeing the written word with our physical eyes, and the living Word with the eyes of our heart (2Cor 4:18; Rom 1:20). (written and living must correspond)
So often the truth God has called us to is not an either-or, but rather a both-and. Yet having said that, we need to know when both-and truths require us to make either-or decisions.
For example, we are called to fear God, and to love him. Best case is to see that there is a time for both. Worst case is to think God is only to be feared, only to be loved… or to proudly focus on his love when fear is called for, or to retreat in fear when God is seeking to embrace us in love.
Good conversation helps us to sort all of this out.
Since we are all in process… it’s good to have a safe-place, among friends, where we can test our thinking to see what sticks– what doesn’t– what multiplies… and what divides…
Your turn :-)…