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Revd Juergen Bridstrup says there is room for many Christian views
8:00am Sunday 20th May 2012 in Letters
PAUL Tighe (Advertiser April 26) dismisses RP King’s Christian Voice of April 12, as a failure of communicating the Christian truth and says ‘shame you got it all wrong’.
He further describes Mr King's offering as ‘gobbledygook’, 'blatant… anti-Christian' and 'utter garbage’. Well, many believing Christians would disagree with Mr Tighe, or with his choice of words at least. I found his letter both unpleasant and unkind. He obviously does not agree that there are different opinions on being a Christian, as there are on every subject one could mention.
I can only assume that Mr Tighe is a fundamentalist.
Fundamentalism is a relatively new twentieth-century phenomenon in response to the threat posed by the findings of biblical criticism and evolutionary views about the origin of the universe.
Science became a very acute means of broadening biblical studies in the nineteenth century, a worrying time for many Christians.
But why should Christians worry, why should they aggressively defend their faith? Surely that is a sign of weakness in those who believe in Jesus Christ, the living word; he gives us hope and encourages us to love. I commend to Mr Tighe to listen to others ‘with an open and humble mind and heart’. He himself might learn something, he might even learn to adjust his own interpretation of scripture.
Mission is reaching out to others and gently helping them to find the truth. I urge Mr Tighe to share the gospel not in anger but in love.
THE REVEREND JUERGEN BRIDSTRUP LOWER BROAD STREET LUDLOW