Again, this is something that is really bugging me...because this (Christ) is my life, never have so many opinions on things been thrown at me. Are you getting what I'm saying? Maybe you've even experienced something like this...it seems like you probably have... anonymous
Welcome to the club! :) Oh, yes! I am getting what you're saying, bro! Sometimes I get so much opposition that it drains me and leaves me wondering what I'm doing this for. Sometimes the opposition comes in the form of being ignored and overlooked and/or treated as if I'm totally insignificant. It's not what I expected since I was sharing GOOD NEWS to the weary. I sometimes thought that there would be many more who would want to hear more of this life ... and I have been wrong.
But this is EXACTLY what Jesus said would happen. He said we would be treated just like He was treated, and He got most of the flack from the religious scripture-quoting crowd. He said they would even throw us out of their gatherings.
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My names sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. John 15:18-21
Some of the people we deal with are just not of God, while some of them have been so influenced by the religious Christian mindset that it's gonna take a strong shaking in their lives by the Father for them to see that life that they KNOW within them. They are afraid because they think that they would not "serve" God if they were truly free. These believers who are throwing all these opinions at you are so afraid that such wonderful freedom sounds too good to be true. They are afraid because they have been desperately struggling to live "holy" lives and are barely hanging on. You represent to them the undoing of all their efforts ... and it scares them, because they think that God sees them according to those efforts.
I'm sure your friend Norman is an awesome guy as you have said. I'm sure he is afraid for you that you have fallen into deception. I'm sure he is also afraid for himself.
The answer to your dilemma is NOT found in being able to answer all the Biblical questions that are used to contradict the life of Christ in you ... because those questions will NEVER stop. Having said that, realize that there ARE NO BIBLICAL CONTRADICTIONS to the life and freedom we have in Christ ... they have only appeared to be so because the written words have been forced into our religious perceptions