This might go better in the “Christian Living” category, btw. (I don’t know how it counts as discussion against UR, so much as a discussion about how to properly live believing in it.)
I work pretty hard at not considering myself any better than other people anyway. (Which ironically leads to trouble sometimes, because I’ll hare off into discussions where I simply assume the other person is just as capable as I am, and suddenly I look up and they have no idea what the hell I’m talking about. )
So I rarely ‘feel superior’ about believing UR. And when-if-ever I do, I’m quick to remember my own sins, while looking for any good points I can find in the other person and his or her beliefs.
(But that isn’t because I’m any better than other people. It’s only because I spent years training myself to do that, so as to protect other people from myself as much as possible. As far as I’m concerned, that counts against me, not for me. )
I am, however, often sad for other people, in the sense of wishing something better for them than what they have. Whatever superficial advantages I might have are worth nothing if I cannot help other people with them. But that isn’t always possible.
(Though hopefully over the next few years that’ll become more and more possible.)
One thing in my heart I worry a lot about, and so keep a close eye on, is a sharp jealousy when another UR proponent is doing a good job, because dangit I wanted to be the one to get the glory of–!! That was MY surprise to–!!
bleep that. That really is the sin of ‘heresy’: trying (or even fostering a want) to use truth claims (whether true or not doesn’t matter–either is worse than the other in different ways) for my own personal gain.
(The novels I consider entertainment, so I don’t mind profiting by them–though I have spent far more money than I’ve received back yet on putting out CoJ. But I have serious worries about someday publishing my non-fictional work in a ‘for sale’ format, even though I’m making plans to do so. I hate the very idea of profiting from theology, even though I know it’s sometimes necessary. But I would rather give it away for free, or donate any proceeds to feed the poor or to other charities. Until then, it’s worth pointing out that the two non-fiction links in my sig go to free-access works. And if people want to read CoJ for free, I usually try to find some way for them to do so.)