After having my worldview completely deconstructed from reading McLaren's A New Kind of Christian Trilogy, yesterday I decided to start reading a book that a friend loaned me called Early Christian Doctrines, by J.N.D. Kelly. From what I've read so far, it appears that the early church fathers believed what I believed before reading McLaren (including the traditional concept of hell).
Here's the struggle I'm experiencing: I really want to believe the Truth. So am I intellectually obligated to examine thoroughly other worldviews in order to be certain that the one I hold is accurate?
This is my prayer in the past days, from the first verses of Psalm 25:
1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
3Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.