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Recovering from Inerrancy within the Second Half of Life

I met an outdated good friend for lunch yesterday. He was, as soon as upon a time, firmly ensconced in a profession within the ueber-conservative world of “Evangelical orthodoxy”–and he truly had a fairly good gig.

He left due to inerrancy. He couldn’t sq. that non-negotiable pillar of the evangelical system with (1) how the Bible behaves whenever you sit down and skim it, (2) a contemporary/scientific framework of pondering that’s totally operational in each different section of his life however not permitted when it got here to his religion, and (3) his personal experiences with actual reside folks of religion whose very lives had been a residing testimony to different, vibrant, paths of Christian communion that didn’t require him to show a blind eye to the cognitive dissonance created by 1 and a couple of.

In different phrases, for him, inerrancy was intellectually inconsistent with itself, was out of step with trendy (that’s not a nasty phrase, by the way in which) pondering, and was out of step along with his expertise.

My level isn’t to speak about inerrancy right here. In addition to, I haven’t had my Kashi cereal with strawberries but, so I don’t have the vitality. My good friend, now previous regular retirement age, left his former subculture 25 years in the past and, within the throes of midlife, constructed a brand new profession for himself. He’s been very completely happy, and he has additionally been lively in a very-not-evangelical-or-inerrantist-inner-city church. He’s moved on and he’s simply effective.

He stated one factor, although, that actually struck me. He wonders what his life would have been like had he not been raised inside the inerrantist subculture, however as a substitute in a group of religion that took Jesus and Scripture severely however didn’t have rows of fiery mental hoops to leap via day by day.

Yeah, what if. He’s moved on, however he’s nonetheless nursing some deep burns.

It has been onerous for him to maneuver previous his previous that was a part of him for 45 years, which stands to cause. To make such a profound shift in midlife could be very onerous to do. It may be a problem to place the first half of 1’s life instead, so to talk–

To honor your experiences as these issues that come collectively to make you you, however with out being restricted by them.

And the factor is, he’s not bitter about any of it. As he sees it, his alternative is to reside now because the individual he’s, with the experiences he has had, however to not be outlined or restricted by them, and belief God alongside the way in which–however he nonetheless struggles with these forces that formed him for all these years. As he put it, he typically looks like a recovering addict.

In different phrases, he’s on a journey, he is aware of it, he accepts it, and he’s dedicated to working at it. And it’s all good.

Possibly a few of you may relate or be inspired by this.

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