Giving a defense…

Where do we choose to get our answers from? Certainly we should never be afraid to ask questions, but we should always be watchful of whom we receive such answers from. I recently visited such a site claiming to answer such bible questions. Initially, it seemed like a good resource for people to have such questions answered. After a quick browse through the various topics, I soon realized that most answers that people were getting were anything but Christian. Such heresies as modalism (Father, Son and Spirit are simply three different modes rather than three persons within the Godhead) and adoptionism (Jesus was simply a man and became divine through His baptism) were promoted and encouraged. Ideas and thoughts that early church fathers have thoughtfully considered and found to be contrary to the truth of Scripture were being perpetrated as the right and only way.

To these I emphatically state NO! If Christ was not divine, incarnate God-man, then there is no real basis for which He was able to become an atonement for sins, and therefore no divine justification has taken place. If there are not three distinct persons of the trinity, then go ahead and throw Scripture out the window, and the whole of Christianity as a faith with it.

Paul warned Timothy regarding this by saying, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV). Another warning comes from John: “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:22-23 ESV).

Paul gives us this final encouragement as we sift through different religious thoughts and ideas, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions” (1 Timothy 6:3-4 ESV).

I’m not one to deny healthy conversation about such things as faith and doctrine, but we all must be wary from which we acquire our answers. Know your history, know what sound Christian beliefs are and just because an idea may be new, doesn’t mean it’s true and likely its not new at all but old ideas with new clothes. We should always be open to conversation, but lets be wary of those who might desire to lead people from the truth. I pray God will guide you into the truth about Himself and His revelation to mankind.

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