No Two Are Exactly Alike…

I’ve heard it said that no two snowflakes are exactly alike.

  • Even identical twins are not “identical”.
  • No two religions are alike.
  • No two denominations or churches are alike.
  • No two Bible translations are alike.

So, why is it that there are people who DEMAND that everyone INTERPRETS the Bible the same way (which of course is the way that I see things)? Why can’t we just agree to disagree? Why can’t we ever just LISTEN?

Occasionally I cross paths with individuals who feel compelled to share with me what their THEOLOGY is. At this time in my life I can sit and enjoy their perspective, and though I have heard some of it before, I try and look for a new way of understanding that maybe I hadn’t seen before.

One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits is, “Seek first to understand before seeking to be understood.” These days I rarely if ever try to get people to understand me and my perspective. You see, I have stopped trying to CONVERT them to believe exactly everything I believe. Let me offer a little hint here. Don’t tell people what you think unless they ask. If they don’t ask or show a genuine interest in my perspective, I keep it to myself.

Simply put, I don’t engage in arguments over beliefs. Why would one? Here’s my answer to my own question.

My experience is that people who passionately argue for their beliefs, especially when not asked, usually have an agenda. People who only make STATEMENTS and never ask questions usually have an agenda. The bottom line is that at the end of the day we are ALL THEOLOGIANS, some far better than others, but let’s leave that for another day.

Can we just agree that no two people are alike or think alike and that’s how the CREATOR created it?

About Ron

Ron and Anne founded the first Christian Fellowship Church in Harlingen, Texas in 1982. Ron presently serves as its apostolic overseer. He travels nationally and internationally motivating and challenging people to be effective in their call and ministry to their local church, their community, and the marketplace.

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