This post is a corollary of yesterday’s so if you have not read that one, you might want to do that first.
What We Believe Does not Matter…
Don’t over react to that, of course, at some significant level what we believe matters, but not if what we believe is not true. Believing something to be true does not make it so. It really does not matter how strong my faith may be if my faith is placed in something that is false.
The Pharisees and Sadducees had a very developed system of faith. A system that Jesus shredded in Matthew 5 – 7. The Pharisees believed that they would have life by studying the Scripture. They were so committed to that idea that they memorized the Pentateuch. They firmly believed that would serve them well. Jesus shredded that construct in John 5:39 – 47.
What matters is what God says is true. What His Word says is true. What the Holy Spirit leads us to understand, through the Word of God, to be true, John 16:13. There are too many things that we have glommed onto the gospel that are simply not necessary, not true, not required, additions that Paul would call in Galatians 1:8, another gospel and accursed. Jesus would call them the doctrines of men, Matthew 15:8 – 9.
It does not matter what your denomination, pastor, teacher, or Bible study leader thinks is true. What matters is what the Word, God says is true. We have to continually challenge ourselves, challenge what we believe to be true, measure what we think is true against what the Scripture says.
If we do not we will drift away from the truth into deep, deep, error.