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Brief Outline of Influences in the 3 Main Religions

If from top to bottom one were to briefly order the main ideas and influences on Protestantism, ethically it would roughly look like this (the main ideas, and the golden mean, are in gold):



Grace

Law

"Do not let mercy AND truth abandon you!"

Lutherism

Calvinism

Evangelicals

Reformed

Modernism

Hypercalvinist/ Baptist sects

--

--

culture

attitude

"We are in the world, BUT not of the world"

Arminianism

Separationism

Universalism

Weltfremd Sect

Worldliness

(Hostile) Cult

--

--

credo

bible

"Thou shalt live off EVERY word that cometh out of the Mouth of God"

Credo-ism/ Theologism

Interpretationism/ Bibliophilia

Philosophism/ Scientism

Bibliomania/ Exaggerationism

Evolutionism/ Hedonism

Bibliomagic

Satanism

Black Magic



In passing I would like to comment that separation from the pernicious influences of the world, is, in the first place, a matter of the HEART, and not of literally cutting out your territory. For that is what people in the world do as well. That is why it is so important to live the golden mean and not to veer off into a compromise, either on the left, OR on the right side of truth. And we would do better to take captive each thought in obedience to Christ, so as to eliminate bullworks (that have taken hold in us and even of us) and to heed the words of the Lord "I want mercy and not offering" and mercy boasts against judgment! Mostly, when people separate, it is to please only themselves. (And with a similar group they drive each other even crazier).

But there is also the biblical rallying call for collective separation, not only from the world, but also from unhallowed and worldly fellow christians. However, it is clear that as a collective testimony Christendom has miserably failed to answer the Lord's pleas for unity and love. This seems to be the only prayer of the Lord in the gospels that has not been fulfilled as yet.

In practice a separation from these failing systems must find a middle ground between the adherence to an address book of local testimonies (Christian faith communities) and an uncondemning attitude towards other testimonies. Unfortunenately we remain entrenched in our own set of attitudes and ideas, instead of making peace and unity between the various testimonies.




Whereas Protestantism is plagued by splintering and subdivisions that keep subdividing (with a superficial and often bible ignoring, unitive exception here and there) into many churches and splinter groups; there the RCC is a half-hearted show of sham union, with 80% of its members being non-compliant. But, I must say, many of their leaders are learned. But, o Lord, when will we be learned of Thee!?

The RCC might be roughly represented by the following trends:



learning/objectivism

mystery/subjectivism

Solomon: "Guard your heart more than anything that is to be protected; for from it are the sources of Life!"

scholasticism

mysticism

counterreformation

ritualism

humanism

antisexualism

pedophilia

self-flagellation



If one were to concisely arrange Judaism and Islam ethically according to their main streams, it would roughly look like this:



human

angelic

Psalmist: "Let everything and everybody praise the Lord!"

reformed

orthodox

liberal

kabbalist

secular

chassidic

--

--

freedom

responsibility

Paul: "Everything is allowed, but not everything is useful."

moderates

Muslim Brotherhood

liberal

Salafists

secular

Taliban

--

Extremists



bible

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