@BobRyan: “Christ is the WORD made flesh” This clearly …

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@BobRyan: “Christ is the WORD made flesh” This clearly states that Christ now is the primary, tangible incarnation of God. Every other event, text, or moment in history must be illuminated and viewed through light of Christ’s birth, life, and resurrection. Simply because something is less important, does not make it unimportant. The Sabbath tradition is quite important, the idea that God has set aside time to worship him and for our own rest is one of the things SDA’s can hold on to as a cherished tradition. That tradition, while valuable is not in the same league as Christ. I would submit that ever text is tangential to Christ.

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Walla Walla University: The Collegian Debates Evolution vs. Creation
@Bill Sorensen: In Matthew 5:17 Jesus says that he came to fulfill the law and prophets. Who do you worship? Is it the Bible, or the God of the Bible. The 6 day creation week or the creator.

The bible is not all equal in content and import. Christ and Him crucified is the core message for us as Christians. The ancillary material found elsewhere is important, but not of such import to lose sight of Christ.

If a foundation of Christ is imaginary. I guess my faith fails. Should not yours?

A technique used in finding cause/effect is asking 5 whys. If you can ask yourself 5 whys about the bible or the church or doctrine without ending up and Jesus you have lost sight of what is important.

Honest believers can have differences of opinion, as you and I clearly do. Your call for ex-communication is dangerous for the development and growth of the church. How can you be so confident in your interpretation of scripture when the roots of our church were based on incorrect interpretation (1844)?

Walla Walla University: The Collegian Debates Evolution vs. Creation
@Bill Sorensen: Bill I think you are backward, it is not Doctrine that explains Christ, but the other way around! Did the disciples of Christ have “doctrine”, not in the way you mean it. If Doctrine is your mediator, haven’t you made the same mistake as the Roman Catholic Church? We need no mediator between us our Savior. There is a far greater challenge than to:

“Explain to me who Jesus is without doctrine. Impossible, of course, because doctrine is simply an explanation of who Jesus is.”

It is to explain Doctrine without Christ. At least I think we can agree that doctrine is simply a tool for the illumination of Christ, but like any man made object, it should be evaluated and fixed when it appears to ignore relevant information. We build our faith on solid ground (Christ), not shifting sand (Doctrine).

Walla Walla University: The Collegian Debates Evolution vs. Creation
@Charles: Simply because you say “Bottom line” does not make it the bottom line. The premium overriding, all encompassing SDA tradition is Jesus. To boil a faith tradition down to interpretation of 1 tangential text is preposterous. Almost as preposterous as people to blindly accept the words of scientists OR theologians.