I have a problem with correctness. In my lifelong quest to become 'perfect' I feel the need to right every wrong. If I let something 'wrong' go unchecked, I feel like I am not being true to myself. Crazy, huh? I know. And it is not like I don't like to be corrected - b/c I do. I welcome correct correction. Consequently, in my quest to be right all the time, I usually am.
I know what you are thinking: She thinks she knows everything. I know that some of you are thinking that b/c I've been told "You think you know everything" more than a few times.
But, I honestly don't think that know everything. As a matter of fact, when I have conceited thoughts about myself - it is never about my knowledge base at all. I think that I know SOME things. No, let me correct that: I KNOW that I know some things.
I always stand to be corrected in things that need correcting. As should everyone.
If someone wants to hold a 'strong' opinion about something, that person should thoroughly research the topic. That way, they will hold the 'correct' opinion or at least one that can be logically defended - without all the drama.
Tithing is a great example. Many Christians get very bent out of shape on this topic.
The bible never commands Christians to pay a tenth of their income. I know many Christians that will have a panic attack in the reading of that statement alone. But it is a fact. I have spent many hours researching the topic of tithing/giving in the bible. Because I have done this, when Christians say: "you are robbing God" I don't have an emotional breakdown and try to convince the person by my yelling and illogical statements.
I calmly ask them to direct me to the scripture they are referring. They usually go to Malachi 3:8-10. But then I ask them why don't we (as Christians) follow the entire Law ( see previous post on 'The Law'), because this is same context from which Malachi was written. Most don't have an answer - well not an answer that will effectively refute my original arguement.
Some that are a little more savvy - will point out that tithing is mentioned in the New Testament when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees Matt 23:23. But we have to keep in mind that when Jesus was on earth, the Jews were still under the Law. The Law wasn't fulfilled until after His death.
In any case, Paul (in his letters to the church) not once mention tithing (except when referring to the Old Testament. see Hebrews 7). But he never commanded us (Christians) to tithe.
I know that this veiw - or shall we say: truth - is not very popular among many Christians because many of us do not study as we should.
In conclusion, if everyone held views on thouroughly researched topics, there would be less angry people in the world.
I stand to be corrected.