Thanks for your understanding. I'm not saying "pneuma, you better not ever let that word slip out of your mouth!"
. I am
saying I bet that 99% of the time I can express my POV without saying "Bob, man does not have freewill, it's a limited will - man's will rather than God's will. Yep, that's the way I see it; no free will". I can make my point (even being a bit of smart-aleck
) by saying, "if you think it's up to you, then save yourself". Never used any terms/labels, point still probably made (even though expressing it like that, you'd probably still want to smack me
). Anyway, it's an example. A bad one - but an example.
And conversely, I bet 99% of the time you can express your POV without saying "Sally, man has freewill and I sure do believe it, yes sir, we got ourselves a dose of freewill". Not telling you what to say, you're quite capable; and you may say it quite a bit different than this. But just as an example to express my point, I could see you saying something like "I believe we have to make choices, God requires it, He hold us accountable, etc". Never used the hot-button term, point made, and able to stay on point rather than veer into a "freewill!"/"not-freewill!", "freewill, Stupid!"/"not-freewill, Stupid!" food fight. A little extra creativity, a little extra consideration, etc., still basically able to say what we all believe.
Also, as I type what I see as a possible example of you stating your beliefs, I would actually personally find common ground there. No real need to fight. I could say "Amen brother" to your statement, then we could move along further into the main points of the discussion.
The main thing is, a time or two in passing to answer a question or set a premise is one thing - that even though it's an off-limits topic, we'd probably blink and let it slide. But bringing it up over and over, multiple times in a short "conversation", is likely to be waving honey around in front of bears, the bears are gon'na head for the honey jar, and somebody's gonna end up getting clawed or bit!
Give it some thought, don't feel smacked around, but do realize it's a serious issue and is regarded as such. We can do this without posts starting to get cut and all that jazz.
We are brothers and sisters here, and God is helping me see that I
need to act like it (for a change
). We can do it!
God's blessings, James.