Conclusions versus opinions

The following statement -- in one form or another -- is found on many webpages throughout the website.


Dear reader,

If you have information or insights that shed further light, either in agreement with or contrary to what I have stated anywhere on, please email me. My desire is to arrive at honest conclusions that are consistent with all available facts. I deeply respect all who honestly arrive at genuine conclusions, even if those conclusions differ from my own conclusions. I seek the most honest and complete representation of the facts that lead me to what is true. I do not want to choose simply what data are comfortable to me or what data will justify what I already believe. I am committed to arriving at what is true, at whatever cost to my current conclusions, beliefs, or practices.

It is not my intent to prop up my own or any one else's opinions. Opinions are often the result of one's selectively using only those facts that support such opinions -- and conveniently disregarding facts that undermine such opinions. I do not want to have any personal opinions. I only want to develop faith-inspiring, honest conclusions that lead to being "filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding." (Col 1:9, NRSV) So please feel free to share with me any facts that may help lead to even better or further refined conclusions.

My current conclusions include the belief the Gospel of John's words of Jesus in Joh 8:31-32 represent an essential truth for me and all Christians.

If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

May God continue to bless our mutual journey of honestly discovering, understanding, and following Jesus' genuine teachings, so we may more clearly know the truth and allow ourselves and others to experience full freedom in Christ.

In warm fellowship,

Robert Nguyen Cramer, Editor
"Exploring the original texts and early Christianity"


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