7 minutes ago, just_ordinary said:
They can be fine between them believing things but others having other rules to go by. They also are able to think for themselves and decide to make their own choices and live in the real world like the rest of us all while being Christians. They realise the heathen world does not threaten their way of life.
I'm so glad someone recognized this! Fundamentalist Christians are a small subset of Christianity. In my tradition, we do not believe that our denomination will be the ONLY ones who are saved. No, that door is wide open! We practice open communion. There is a "statement of beliefs" put out by the General Conference, but if one goes to the Pew Surveys, one would find that the POV of the denomination slants more liberal than hard-core trunt. My congregation of not quite 300 people is very active in the community. Food banks, farmer's markets, medical care, taking care of other needs, these things are central to our church. Our Pastor does not get paid out of church offerings, he is paid by the Conference, so there's no reason to "cook the books". However, the utter generosity of the small congregation would blow you away! One family lost a child due to a tragic accident. Within a week, we had raised enough money to go to the family to let mom, dad and the family rest and deal with their grief w/o worrying about financial obligations for a couple of months. We've furnished apartments for refugees, we DO, not a whole lot of saying, but a lot of DOING.
The "heathen" world doesn't threaten me one bit. I'm quite able to function in that world and still hold my beliefs.