Everyone is a theologian; not everyone is a good one. I have a question for you. Have you ever examined your church’s theology?
I have, and we don’t line up on some minor issues like the Rapture, early or old earth creationism, global or local flood. If it doesn’t conflict with Jesus’ being God incarnate, Lord and Savior, and salvation by faith alone and not any form of works, it’s not a world-ender.
Is your religion like a buffet where you just pick and choose what you like?
Paul told his protege a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their desires and look for teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
We should expect God to say things we disagree with. If He doesn’t, are you following God or your idea of Him?
As I said in a previous post, we have to think and have a base of knowledge ourselves. Then we know if something is fishy or not.
Many hang-ups would be handled if people understood the Old Covenant between God and Israel and the New Covenant between God and the World.
That’s why you can wear polyester and eat shrimp.
We should be like the Berean Jews. The Bible said they had a more than noble character.
They listened eagerly to Paul, then they fact-checked him in the Scriptures. (Acts 17:11)
Fact check yourself, your teachers, everyone. If you have a question, run down the answer.
Look up how a word is used or what it means. BibleGateway.com has two great resources: Mounce’s Interlinear Bible translation or the Amplified translation, which tells you what it means in more detail in brackets.
Jesus asked his followers, “Why do you call me Lord, but don’t do as I say?”
He also said, “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away.”
How well are you listening?