Monday, 28 October 2013

Can the real Spartacus please stand up?

There is a common problem that faces many Creationist sects.  Being absolutely certain of how to read the Bible seems to guarantee that you will end of splitting the church, when people can't agree what the Bible actually means. Having a definitive answer leaves little room for those who disagree with you. They just aren't proper Christians are they.  It has happened repeatedly.

Creationists seem to be able to throw themselves into such disputes with gusto whilst totally blind to the actual reason for it.

The combined bending over backwards to appear superficially polite combined with vicious criticism is usually quite entertaining.

Here Paul Taylor (ex Northern Ireland Creationist) who is now teamed up with Tax evading jailed Creationist Kent Hovind's son in Florida.

I will give you an extract and try to translate;
"The Bible is and always will be the ultimate arbiter in interpreting the experiential aspect of my Christian life. How about you? As I have commented many times, your cessationist views are actually a doctrine based on experience."
Paul is a member of a Charismatic Church, this means they have all kinds of miracles occurring right in front of them on stage during services, like healings, speaking in tongues etc.  His sect is involved in an argument about whose "plain reading of the obvious meaning of the text that is obvious to anyone who does not want to misunderstand the obvious" is actually the correct "plain reading of the obvious meaning of the text that is obvious to anyone who does not want to misunderstand the obvious" with a group of cessationists.  The name cessationist means that they don't think the kinds of miracles Paul regularly sees, are in fact real and that God has stopped doing them.

Paul is criticising this group because they are basing their view on the fact that it has been their experience that such miracles are not in fact real. Yes that is a complete sentence. He is criticising them for not ignoring their experience that such miracles are not real and instead going with his interpretation of the Bible.

You can't make it up.

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