Abraham Lincoln famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” [He was, as one commenter points out below, quoting the Bible.] Does Christianity hold a consistent world view, or is it a mass of contradictions that can be (and is) used to justify any number of obviously contradictory positions? How long can Christianity remain divided against itself?
Perhaps the most fundamental set of contradictions in Christendom has to do with differing views on salvation and what one must do to obtain it. This excellent article (off-site) lays out a nice table detailing the numerous conflicting interpretations and doctrines having to do with Christian salvation.
Hmm… I like tables.
But setting the abstractions of salvation aside for the moment, in this post I want to compare a number of sites on which self-professed Christians defend (and attack) a variety of viewpoints, lifestyles, hobbies, and predilections as either not in conflict with, or in conflict with, Christian faith. I hope to show that the Bible is hopelessly ambiguous about many aspects of how we live our lives, and is often used to justify both sides of strongly-opposing views.
If you have other examples of Christianity divided against itself in areas I haven’t already covered, post the links in the comments, and I’ll add the best ones to the table.