For instance, let's say someone wants to discuss a pre-trib rapture (and in the interests of full disclosure, I started thinking about this when a rapture thread here was recently closed due to tempers flaring). It's a fair enough topic; until the day we're taken out of here (or not, depending on which view one takes) this theme always engenders lively banter. That is, until somebody pops up with a version of "the rapture is a LIE from HELL" (with the unsaid conclusion being "and if you think it's true, you're an idiot"). I'm using this only as an example; any hot-button topic will do.
So the question is, why is it so hard for people to soften their words with the addendum, "in my opinion"? As in, "in my opinion, the rapture theory has some problems; let's discuss that", or "I understand you still believe in miracles, but I've been taught those days are over. I'm open to talking about that."
Let's face it, NO ONE has all the facts on everything. I mean, say I believe in a pre-trib rapture (which I do), that God still does miracles (ditto), the gifts are still in operation today (yowza!) ... any number of things that go crosswise of what some of my brothers and sisters in Christ believe. None of these issues are salvic, so why do some folks become so heated when they're discussed. Has the lack of civility we see in the world crept into the church to such a degree that people get so daggone mean when their views are challenged?
Edited by John Robinson, 14 December 2012 - 03:02 PM.