"No. If someone disagrees with my understanding of some "truth", obviously we don't believe the same."
~ But then who is telling the truth? Yourself and Stephanos, for example... which one of you is telling the truth when interpreting all of those biblical passages?
~ Would not a Creator understand that with the so many different upbringings, the cultures, the societies, the shaping of minds by others, everything we learn, that there could never be one truth for all of mankind when it comes to biblical/religious matters?
"As for me changing their mind, I would not be the one. It would have to be the result of studying the Scriptures as an unashamed workman, rightly dividing the word of truth."
~ But others have and are studying the Scriptures as unashamed workmen, and they also, like you, have came to a conclusion, but to another one.
"How one interprets the Scriptures is, unfortunately, very much affected by pre conceived views and doctrines. To unlearn what we have heard is true, say, from our past, is probably the hardest thing."
~ I completely agree with that statement. So, have you unlearned your past?
"I know of dear Christian folks that believe only the King James Version is divinely inspired, and refuse to hear any other. They wouldn't think of using a concordance to find that some word in the KJV really means something else in the originals."
~ Are they then truly Christian folk? Do they believe in a false Christ - unknowingly, of course?
"My goal on this link, is hopefully, to encourage others to see that the God of the universe, the all powerful, all loving creator: out of Him and through Him and for Him are all things; to Him be glory for the ages (Rom. 11:36), through Christ, will reconcile all things to Himself whether on earth on in heaven (Col.1:19,20)."
~ That is noble, but on the debating side with the few on this thread, they believe that above statement too, so I don't see what good it is doing you to debate the interpretations with them. They won't change their opinions. And if you think about it, if there is only one true God, one true Holy Spirit, and knowing that their is the evil spirit that can duplicate the Holy Spirit - one interpretation must be true and all of the others... of the devil.
"I have gone away. The bed is cold and empty. Trees bend their boughs toward the earth. And nighttime birds float as black faces."