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Which of the following is most important to you? Church doctrine, your opinions, other's opinions, what is written in the Bible.

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 ---Ulrika on 10/1/05
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Just an endorsement to NVB'spost The danger of seeking the Spirit remains an unknown Symbol or quantity in view of the 'FACT' many are roaming the earth for the destruction of souls.So one must be perfectly pure in seeking God's advocate for the H/S will only reside in those who are spotless.Luke 1:41-43.Any other manefestations of this nature are suspicious and need Peter says "Examine the spirits"
---Mic on 10/9/08

The bible is our 'guidebook' in this life. We MUST seek to understand it in its entirety. I pray for knowledge, and the wisdom to use it. Hopefully we form correct opinions from what we have learned, and can tell true from false doctrine.

Study the TRUTH, then the false will be quite evident to us.
---NVBarbara on 10/9/08

I find the Bible MOST important to me, but, believe that church doctrine, based on the teaching in the Bible is also very important. Opinions, whether mine or someone else's, are just that, opinions and should be received as such, they can be good for advisory capacity, but should not be used as authoritative.
---tommy3007 on 11/16/07

God is on the top of every good list with me. Next to that I rely upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which I seek with prayer.

The Church is my guide to the Bible, and brought the Bible to me, and it is because of my faith in God and in the Church that I can trust the Bible. However, it was the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit that led me to trust the Church. So it would be difficult to choose one over the other.
---lorra8574 on 3/25/07

Definitely what is written in the bible. Of course my opinions on various things are formed because of my belief in the bible. Other people's opinions would be important if they were also formed from a belief in the bible. Whilst I accept that all people are 'entitled' to their opinions, even if they are very different from my own, I would not be swayed by their opinions if they were not biblically based.
---Xanthi on 3/25/07

All of these things have merit, but moreso we should follow what God personally says to each one of us individually by his Holy Spirit.
---Eloy on 10/8/05

The Bible is our guide. It is what we base our faith on. We need to be careful to not listen to false teachers, false doctrine.
Our opinions are important. You can learn from each others experiences.
---Ulrika on 10/7/05

4. But Scripture should never divide us. No one knows all the answers as Alan said. We are all at a different place in time and different cercumstances. We don't have to answer if we don't like the answer, but if someone has something to give of God, that would be so helpful to many.
---Lupe2618 on 10/7/05

3. I know even this one might upset someone, but I am with the moderator in all there answers. I have noticed when they answer they are correct in all the answers I have read. Instead of someone getting angry they should make sure for themselves through Scripture. I know I do. I have to admit I got angry with someone here and I ask for forgiveness and that was on the "liberal" issue. I really took it personal because of my daughter. Answering personal issues can hurt peoples feelings.
---Lupe2618 on 10/7/05

2. The reason I answered was because of one statement. "Church doctrine, your opinion, none of it amounts to a "Hill of beans". I believe that is what the problem is. For us as Christians we are here for a purpose, if our purpose was done already God would not need us here anymore and our purpose would be done. The purpose is to witness to others the truth of Salvation. In order to do that we need to know the truth or else we preach something with no power. We are to be approved.
---Lupe2618 on 10/7/05

Sister Ulrika, I too agree with Alan that most of the discussions are not about salvation, with the exception of subjects on the Catholic Church. They do have a different way of coming to Christ. When I answer I know for a fact that I cannot change anyone. I answer with what I know to be true and give enough scriptures to show what I am talking about. I put them down because I know many won't look. I do noticed that many get angry when they hear what my explanation is.
---Lupe2618 on 10/7/05

Crystal ... yes, but what Truth?
Do we mean whether it is "true" (literally accurate) that the world was made in 6 X 24 hours? or not.
Some denominations say it is an essential article of faith, others say probably it represents the great Truth of God creating (and who knows how?) the whole universe.
I do not regard one's opinions on that as being a salvatiom issue
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/3/05

Church doctrine, your opinion, my opinion, none of it amounts to a "hill of beans"; the only thing of value we have in this world is our living Savior Jesus Christ and the living Word of God - the Bible. The only thing we can ever DO in this life of any consequence is to freely believe and give our lives to our Lord Jesus and obey His Word in the Scriptures. We will NEVER be contented until we obey these commands of God.
---Elsie on 10/3/05

The Word of God says, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Some church doctrine is wrong. Some people's opinions are wrong. The Word of God is never wrong. It is a "tree of life," and blessed are those who hold fast to it! Pray, read, study to show yourself approved, and pray some more. The Holy Spirit will lead you to the truth IF your heart is open to it. When He shows you truth, you will know it - not think, feel, or even believe - you will KNOW it.
---Crystal on 10/3/05

Exellent Bro. Alan...i believe you have said it perfectly.The only thing i can add is....if everyone thought this way there wouldn`t be as much bickering and bad feelings on this site.
---co_ach on 10/1/05

Alan of UK, I agree that our salvation through faith in Jesus is the most important. That doesn't mean the rest of scripture is unimportant. I believe our opinions will carry more weight, if we can back them up with scripture.If we have more than one reference, that can help show that it is not taken out of context or misinterpreted.
---Ulrika on 10/1/05

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To me, the most important thing is God's word and it rightly divided, 2 Timothy 2:15. Church doctrine has to follow God's word! If mine or anyone else's opinions don't line up with God's word, then we are wrong. God promised to keep and perserve his word for us to study.
---geraa7578 on 10/1/05

Actually,we're all driven by our "opinion", as soon as you read or hear a scriptue expounded,you form an "opinion" Opinions are based on knowledge and/or education in any matter,no less so in religion! Opinions can be changed as new light is revealed. What you believe today may not be the same tomorrow as time goes on. "keep testing that you are in the faith" 2.cor 13.5
---1st_cliff on 10/1/05

# 3 I have to conclude that these difference between the denominations are not salvation issues, because I cannot recall any instance where one of the participants has actually said "Hey, I was wrong in that belief: you have convinced me"
If these were salvation issues, I am sure that God would have used these forums to change people's opinions.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/1/05

# 2 I do not suppose for a moment that these details make the tiniest bit of difference to any person's salvation.
Is there too much time spent here airing our different perspectives of the same great Truth?
I think not, because the discussions do make you think and reinforce one's Faith in that great Truth.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/1/05

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# 1 Leaving aside the cults that rely on later revelations, most denominations have biblical support for their particular doctrinal details. For example, biblical support can be found for both infant baptism, and restricting to adult believers baptism only, and there is biblical support found both for keeping Saturday as the Sabbath, and otherwise.
The heated discussions here show that whilst many feel their own shade of opinion is right, they cannot convince others that they are wrong!
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/1/05

My relationship with Jesus which outflows into relationship with others.
---Linda_Smith on 10/1/05

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