Don't really know where to start. So, I'll begin here: Dear Mr. Foster,
Perhaps you are being a bit reactionary in a mix of both intellectual and emotional ways. Agreeing with a lot of your points and sometimes pointed commentary, I see that you are in some significant ways missing the point... Religions are the invention of men, and Christianity has become likewise; In my little essays, I try to point to a personal relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Most people then, as it is today, reject the whole story., missing the point completely. This ends up in people leaning on their own understanding, which leads to inventing doctrinal constructs, platforms acceptable and palatable for human consumption-- Pablum, if you will. never growing up in their salvation, and I contend never having attained their own personal salvation 9perhaps including your Sunday School teacher) and therefore never having actually been "born again" cannot possibly "grow up in their salvation, " because they don't have any salvation! This point is essential to my point to you... Ever heard of "the blind leading the blind?" Here, this illustration might help. I don't criticize the epidemiologists working on Covid vaccines. I don't try to tell them what they're doing wrong. No advice is coming from this boy! No sir. I'm not fit to clean their floors. Yet, people who don't know nothing from nothing feel obliged, nay, duty bound to become theological masters who are simply know nothings with an axe to grind. Critics have easy jobs . They can blindfold themselves and spin around like dervishes and shoot their flaming arrows in any direction and they're bound to hit something and ignite a fire! Oh, and just a pointer from me: Men are fallible, not the Bible and our misinterpretations of the Bible cause contradictions, while "rightly dividing the Scriptures" is very revelatory... Truth can skew reality, if our truth is not reality.