If you don't believe what I believe than a curse be upon you.
Wow, so much for inter-anything as far as Paul goes. Do you think he was a difficult dude to be around if you didn't agree with him? How do you navigate the narrow sphere of orthodoxy when it comes to the Pauline letters?
Ignore, skip, retranslate, erase?
"But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed," Galatians 1:8-9.
That's about as non-pluralistic, anti-interfaithy, my way or the highway, you're in or you're are out...as it can get. There's not a lot of wiggle & snuggle room.
Paul follows up with a bah-zinger (1:10), "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."
So much for dialogue.
It seems to go hair raising, teeth grinding across the grain like a scratch on a record player in today's world.
This passage is dead center in the chapter I'm teaching through this Sunday and I'd like some feedback from all of you that are outside the circle.
How do you respond to this type of passage?