Originally Posted by White trash wagon
I know this will shock some of you, but I'm shopping for a church.
I've always believed in a higher power, just not in the dogmatic way many of you view the world.
I'm looking for a non denominational church, either non christian, or with a very broad and enterpretive view of the bible. As many of you know, since the bible was written by men, I view it as document of viewpoint, not THE FINAL TRUTH.
Let's think logically in regards to your post. Whichever church you find, Bible believing or
not, they will still (according to your presuppositions) teach and practice man made beliefs. If you can outright reject the Bible as nothing more than man made and your choice in church is effected by that rejection, then why is a man made non
-Bible believing church any different than a church that believes the Bible to be true? Either way you would still be a part of something that is man-made according to your presuppositions who hold to their own ideas of truth, whether it comes from the Bible or from their own imaginations.
With that said, I'll leave with you what the Apostle Paul preached to the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens from Acts Ch 17.
22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
29"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man's design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."
32When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, "We want to hear you again on this subject." 33At that, Paul left the Council. 34A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.