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Rules of Engagement

OK these aren’t rules, just suggestions if you find them helpful :-)

  • Phrase it as a question: This group is called ‘Christians with Questions’ for a reason. Stating your views as authoritative can make it difficult to have an open and accepting discussion. Posing questions can make your point in a way that is respectful because it leaves your views open for revision.
  • This is an intellectual exercise. We often discuss topics that we will never come to any agreement on or develop firm conclusions regarding. No one is expected to change their deeply held convictions. Our intent is to learn from one another about all the different shadings of belief that exist among followers of Christ.
  • Do not state your views if you are unable to deal with having them respectfully challenged. Remember that having your core assumptions questioned is the best way to find out if you have a strong basis for them.
  • We are attempting something that is very difficult – to create a community out of disagreement. While we have our love for Jesus in common, we have little else. Most Christians in this case would separate and form different denominations. We have chosen to meet one another across denominational borders to see what we can learn from one another.
  • “Because the Bible says so” is not a sufficient reason for anything. This is not because we disrespect the Bible here. Contrarily, it is because we believe that what the Bible says is not arbitrary that we look for the logic and the heart behind the scriptures. If we do not attempt to understand this logic we may be consenting to an arbitrary view of God.

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