Smooth talk and flattery . . .
Romans 16:17-20 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
So, back when I was about 22 or so, I moved back to Wisconsin for a year to try going back to school and actually finish a degree in something . . . the desired accomplishment never happened. That is, I simply wasn't interested in finishing a particular study. Anyways, I'm back in Wisconsin for this story. At this point, what I was studying was Epic poetry within ancient languages. My faith had already begun to flitter with one of my biggest issues being "translation of a translation". So, I was meeting with my mother's pastor, at what is now their old church, to have a weekly discussion about this very issue. One day we were discussing this over bagels and tea (i'm still trying to remember the particulars of this days conversation) and, for some reason, I mention the German Theologian Paul Tillich. Oh, we were talking about the importance of new birth in christian theology, so I mention him. The pastor had never heard of him. I WAS DUMBFOUNDED! I'm not now . . . at the time I figured that anyone who claimed themselves to be a leader of a believing congregation had known about Tillich. I mean, I had and I was just a young dude learning shit.
Now, the reason why he'd never heard of Tillich? The above verse. What really floored me was the reason outside of this verse. He claimed that reading anything by a non christian publisher was acquiescent, in form, with believing the very thing being read. Paul Tillich, as far as I am concerned, is one of the best and most lovely Christian Theologians. It's been a while since I sat down and gave him an honest read, but i'm sure that still stands. My pastor friend though had not heard of such a brilliant mind, that was inline with his own, because it was not published by Willowcreek-fucking-enterprise-Christianity-orsomethingtothefuckingsort. It blows my mind that people are so afraid of being challenged that they refuse to learn of their opposition. This is the principal example of the argument from ignorance.
When you ignore the information you need to properly understand the very things you believe that save mankind, you have willfully damned the people that you wish to save . . . not that this even fucking matters, because only 144,000 of our population will make it anyways. So, by this, I mean to say that hell is a fucking perverse thing that the majority of us are going to end up in . . . by biblical standards.