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  1. I really love this statement by our moderator: The Soul never loses this communion with God because it is not guilty or fears anything, it is only the mind that feels these things and needs atonement (at-one-ment), and we do this by placing our mind in the soul or service of our spirit. Thinking we are a soul with a body and mind establishes the appropriate function of the mind, and improves its effectiveness. I use to think I was a mind with a soul, but now I realize I am a soul with a mind. Thank you for that response. It is beautiful. I honestly believe (I hate that word) that we are and always have been accepted by the father, and have never received condemnation in any form.
  2. I am new to this forum, so forgive me if this topic has been covered already. I watched Dr. Spong's video on this topic, and I think I agree with his conclusion that we were never born into sin, and therefore we do not need a saviour. I am also presently reading his book "Re-claiming the Bible for a Non-religious World". Are all references to Jesus "dying for our sins", to be taken as for instance: Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and in Galatians: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: and in I Cor 15: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; These were all written by Paul, decades before the synoptic gospels, from which many of the orthodox Christian doctrines have been developed. Was Paul incorrect in his interpretation of the "scriptures"? Did he write his epistles in the same way that the 4 gospels were written- not to be taken literally? Thank you
  3. Hello everyone, I have been disconnected from a church environment for 18 years. While the church I was part of was re-inventing itself, departing from an Old Testament frame of mind to a "new testament" way of thinking, I soon became discouraged as it seemed that we were still bound by too much "religion". So I left the church that I was part of for almost 20 years. It was a very difficult decision to leave, since I was caught up in a fundamentalist organization which had many rules and regulations. Leaving was both scary and liberating at the same time. I happened to come across one of John Shelby Spong's books, "Why Christianity Must Change or Die", and his writings were devastating for me. The Bible would never be the same for me again. I continue to seek truth, and I believe that I am on the right path to freedom.
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