I think this is quite clear. If we want forgiveness from Him, then we are to forgive those who trespass against us... Rebuking is one thing. I agree with rebuking. This has gone beyond rebuking as it has dragged out over the course of several days. If one believes in forgiveness they might as well forgive now, rather than later, for the longer they wait in this pursuit, one that does not bring Glory to God, the more damage that is done.
RoTA, I truly do appreciate the support! I do have to admit though, that regarding "forgiveness" I have to agree with TeeJay. We have a thread on this, feel free to weigh in if you like: http://www.evolution...?showtopic=4431
It's sort of a Mexican standoff with UD. Of my two "offenses" to him, I apologized and admitted that "mumbo jumbo" was not an ideal choice of words, I truly did not mean it to be taken the way UD took it. Regarding the video clip, I think there is something far deeper bothering UD (I actually thought it would alleviate some of the tension in the thread , something I voiced to an admin, which at least shows my intent was not to tick him off). Regardless, I still think it's a valid analogy from my POV, I'm not going to apologize for it, nor apologize for being "childish" and "inconsiderate". I wouldn't hold it against him if he stuck to his guns because he truly believed he was right on some analogy he used against me. Maybe I'll get to see a video clip posted by UD where I get to assume the role of Jim Carrey. He thinks he's been wronged, I'm unrepentant for it, so he shouldn't have to forgive me for this.
TeeJay worried in a recent post in this thread that I would kick him off because he could not help but take the gloves off with UD. I don't view TeeJay's comments even in the remotest vicinity of such an action. I only recall personally booting two Christians from the Bible section since I started this forum 8 years ago (I might be forgetting some examples because my brain is under severe influence of the 2nd law of thermodynamics). Of those two, one was banned from the entire forum for posting slanderous claims against a major creation ministry for which they refused after numerous attempts (privately) to see their error. This individual was eventually re-instated 6 months later, thankfully, after changing their view and agreeing to remove the false charges from their website (in this case the wisdom of 1 Cor 5:11-13 prevailed). The 2nd individual was booted because they continued, despite numerous warnings, to ascribe a certain legalistic view on other Christians that simply was not true. It became too tiring to continue to correct and warn this person, so they were kicked out of the Bible section (but was still allowed access to the C vs E section). Given these two examples, its a little ironic that UD forgets that he hasn't recanted from his unsubstantiated accusation that I only keep Christians around who agree with me. Given his anger and rile against me, I have recused myself as a moderator to handle it (though I will only be pushed so far). Or maybe I don't want to boot him to give him the satisfaction that I fulfilled his accusation.