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Raymond Harris

who am i?

words are inadequate to reveal me, but i have to work with words. so the question is difficult to answer, because i know who i am, but i also know that people assess me according to their own life’s definitions and experiences.

i am unique. i don’t fit into any particular mold, definition, or discipline.

because i have spent time investigating, researching, and studying the scriptures, i consider the word ‘christian’ and the word ‘jew’ to identify a specific type of person, and i am not really either of those persons.

i am a believer, but not a monotheist.

i believe there are many gods, but i am not a polytheist.

yet, i place my trust in one supreme being, the being whom noah believed in.

i believe there is an anointed one over all israel, whether homeland or diaspora, and i believe the promised one was delivered.

i believe the one supreme being created all people and leads all peoples, if people want to be led, but does not lead each people under one umbrella of ‘law’.

i was trained in christianity, but i do not follow any specific christian religious dogma.

i would call myself spiritual, but that term misidentifies because of how some use the term.

i believe in the bible, but not in the manner that many would ascribe. i place a high value on the bible, but the word ‘bible’ means different things to different people.

because i am highly unorthodox and do not support typical doctrines of mainline christianity, i am what the conservative christian would call a liberal or progressive.

while i support some of the doctrines that are associated with liberal and progressive, they would call me conservative.

i think religion interprets the scriptures to support religious preferences, and i think religious doctrines are derived by those means.

i think biblical interpretation is easier than many religionists make it out to be.

i believe the scriptures have a literary nature, and quality study keeps those things in mind, and quality bible interpretation means that literary dynamics affect what can and cannot be doctrine.

i study for myself. draw my own conclusions. i am willing to share my studied conclusions.

i support doctrines that many conservative believers do not like. for instance, i support the doctrine of poly-relationships.

i support doctrines that many liberal believers do not like. for instance, i support the doctrine of two genders.

updated november 28, 2017