I think the problem is this part right here, Phatboy:
quote:...through impartation of the Spirit and through corroboration with His words...
You can find some sort of justification for just about any crime you might ever conceive of if you only claim that the "holy spirit" told you to do it. Finding a bible verse to back you up shouldn't be too difficult even if you've never opened the "good book" before. It'll be in there somewhere.
I can't remember for certain which of Shakespeare's characters it was who said "the devil can cite scripture to his purpose", but I think all Christians should heed the comment because it's quite true.
This is what I see as the essential difference in liberal and conservative Christianity. One group desperately needs the literal words of the bible in order to justify its faith while the other does not.
quote:The problem is how to convince you that the Spirit is not our own human wisdom.
Or delusion. That's the problem with your logic.
I'm not trying to say that you've deluded yourself into thinking that the Holy Spirit moves you. Maybe you have, maybe you haven't; that's between you and God. What I'm trying to do is point out that your logic of "Holy Spirit + Word of God = Good and Trustworthy" is flawed.