Tim, somehow you don't seem to be the conservative church sort of person, from what you write. As a general rule, conservatives are driven by fear, and often use fear to motivate, or manipulate others. Ultimately, it would seem to indicate a lack of faith in anything redeeming, saving, or even protective.
Liberals on the other hand, are motivated by hope, faith, and love, and they/we tend to trust if there might be something to be gained, either for oneself, or for someone else.
Christ, deliberately going into a place where he knows he will be killed, does he seem to be acting out of fear -- or hope, and love?
Originally Posted by Tim
I've learned of denominations who have allowed views like this openly, but I'm not interested in getting into another theology
Tim, you already are
in another theology. You just need to get yourself sorted out, and decide whether you want to grow into a place where you can help others to grow -- with some risk, now and then, or just find a *safe* (well, itfeels
safe ??) place to occupy, until you die.
Back soon, I hope, Bruce Chris