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I’d agree with you when you say that “the act of questioning and rejecting Biblical beliefs to move from 100% believing to anywhere else on the continuum does mean you are more likely to question and reject more of the Bible.” I’d go so far as to say this is the exact process one has to go through in order to leave their faith. I’m simply challenging the presumption that this process began at her shift from one form of Christianity to another.

I’d draw a distinction between the act of questioning and rejecting biblical beliefs, and questioning and refining biblical beliefs. It’s one thing to conclude that a belief is biblical but not true, and another to conclude that the same belief is neither biblical nor true. The former will necessarily cast doubt on the Bible, but the latter only rejects a belief as non-biblical.

Let’s say that Christianity consists of beliefs x, y, and z; and that liberal Christianity consists of beliefs x and y. You propose that Raven recognized z as incorrect even though she understood it to be biblical, thus casting doubt on x and y that eventually led to the rejection of both. My understanding of her shift to a liberal Christianity consisted of examining x, y, and z, and concluding that x and y were biblical and z was not. Separately from that and after some time, she understood x to be biblical but false, thus casting doubt on y that eventually led to the rejection of both.

In summation, her path from one form of Christianity to another seems to have been brought about for theological reasons, and not from doubts. While the process of leaving her faith consisted of questioning and rejecting Christian beliefs, the process of changing to a different form of Christianity consisted of questioning and refining Christian beliefs.

You also continue to maintain that a person who stops believing was never a true Christian, and you quote the Bible to do so. Yet Raven’s experiences seem in direct contradiction to this claim. It seems to me that either the Bible is wrong about this matter, or your current interpretation of what the Bible says on the matter is incorrect.

I say these things not to provoke argument, but understanding of another person’s journey. I believe I’ve clarified all that’s necessary for comprehension, so I’ll be taking my leave. I hope that this post and my comments were both interesting and reflective in nature.

Cheers,

Corban