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Romans 14 & understanding that each believer is different.
Recently I have had a dispute with a relative on some doctrinal differences. We are both believers in Jesus, as our savior, but this person (I will call him Matt) was talking about immortal worms that will eat people forever (and alive) in Hell. I told him that I do not support the traditional 'hell' doctrine (of endless pain) because it is not supported by clear and literal scriptures such as Romans 6:23 and John 3:16, which plainly tell us that Death is the penalty for sin, something stated by God himself in Genesis 3. At this point his face became very hot and red (no pun). He became rude about it suggesting that I am not really a Christian. As I expected he also pointed out the parable of the Richman and Lazarus in Luke 16 but was more heated up when I explained it to him that it is a parable and not literal. I further explained to him that when formulating doctrinal positions one must use clear words and literal scriptures rather than symbolic. At this point Matt got in his car and took off. The next day he was back at it with a few scriptures in Revelation 20 about the smoke of their torment rising forever and ever.... He then wondered what I had to say about it. I pointed out that the Book of Revelation is highly symbolic and full of judgment metaphors. At this point he basically implied that I do not believe in the Bible and got a little insulting. I just said, 'sorry Matt'.. Weeks before this Matt even nearly condemned me because I do not favor King James Onlyism. I pointed at some clear facts that to show him that the KJV has errors or imperfections. I showed him how Psalm 145 is an acrostic poem but it got lost to both the masoretic text and the KJV. He just ignored all I said.
I use these two disputes I have had with Matt and others to illustrate how some Christians behave toward other believers. They almost act as if they are a one person cult that demands that others believe as they do on each issue, needless to say they are not showing a kind attitude or following the good advise of the Apostle Paul in Romans 14, that we are to accept that we are all different. One believer holds a certain day as more sacred than another. Some eat meat, whereas some favor more salads and such. The same can be said for Bible translations. If someone can't accept that we all vary then it shows that they are weak or some positions they hold to are weak. We are not to fight, carp, and condemn fellow believers but work to honor the Lord. The focus is on Jesus!
I have also noticed that if you do not follow the most popular trends on 'endtime' and rapture teachings you might even get shunned. This is not to say that everyone that promotes these things is rude toward those that disagree, just the same, I have experienced this rudness. It is simply not a very Christian thing coming from other Christians..!!