Saturday, September 16, 2017

Test All Things... (9/16/17)

Lately, I've been doing something that I'm not used to doing, something I haven't really done much before. 

I'm asking questions and I'm challenging what I'm being taught by others.

Not in a bad way, it's just I want proof that what is being taught is correct. I want citations and sources; if you say the Bible says that you can't become a Christian without being baptized (which, for the record, I don't believe), I want to know where you get that idea from. If you tell me that as Christians, we're not supposed to mingle with non-believers, I want the passages of Scripture that you pulled that concept from. 

1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, "Test all things; hold fast what is good." The next verse goes on to say, "Abstain from every form of evil."

As Christians, I don't believe we're supposed to blindly accept whatever doctrine is tossed our way. Everything should be proven and put to the ultimate test: Is this Scriptural? Is there a biblical basis for this concept? If put in the cultural context of biblical times, does the meaning they are presenting remain the same?

"That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ" - Ephesians 4:14-15 

I'm not challenging your ability as a teacher or your ability to understand the Bible when I ask questions or disagree with you on some points; I'm just clarifying and also seeking assurance that what you are saying completely lines up with Scripture (and if I disagree, it's likely because I can think of a few Bible stories or passages that seem to directly contradict what you are saying). I don't want to be a spiritual baby, still being taught the basics of real doctrine and theology. I want to keep growing, to keep becoming stronger in the Word - and I can't do that if I don't question what I'm hearing.

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