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in my opinion

Posted by lydia on November 02, 2005 at 09:17:38

In Reply to: Yes, I am posted by Confused on November 02, 2005 at 07:32:29:

It's not about what you "think". Here's something Ray wrote on the NDN that may indirectly help answer your queries:
NewDayNews Open House

members, exmembers, and remember

Posted By: ray
Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2005, at 10:21 p.m.

In Response To: To James Seemore (lydia)

it seems to me that for an active busy sincerely motivated member to be able to really open up and reexamine their core beliefs and really chase them down to their foundations, it takes more than a simple intellectual challenge of doctrines and practices. it seems to take some convergence of cumulative insights AND a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the fruit and functioning of their personal situation... this seems to trigger the openess necessary to think thru the stuff wrapped in little bundles, under the carpet, etc... and the implications for ones future, your family's future options etc. as with most human life on planet earth, inertia sort of seems to keep us more or less doing what we did yesterday, and assuming that our underlying assumptions, if not totally accurate, at least probably as good as the next guy's.

"the unexamined life is not worth living." said socrates. but it sure is popular.

perhaps some situation such as the one you describe may well await james... and others who may at least have some reservations about some things. i have a number of friends and loved ones still in, still trying their best to see the family as a viable option for serving the Lord. but it is rare that a genuine opportunity to discuss meaningful questions of teachings and practices arise. still i love em and pray for em, and i am sure they feel the same about me.