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Rigidly Follow The Bible

How rigidly should we adhere to the Words of the Bible, and which rules can we neglect? Can every Christian actually be saved, when we vary in certain doctrines?

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 ---Robert on 7/17/06
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is that rigid (narrow) enough for you, God says:

Matt7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
---steven-rem7000 on 3/19/08

"Ye search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life..."

You might want to read the context in which Jesus said these words. It's clear that a rigid approach to the Bible gets in the way of following Him. He said so.
---Jack on 3/17/08

Following the letter of the word and not the spirit of it will put you under the law, not grace. You can neglect the ceremonial and sacrificial laws as they are fulfilled in Jesus. Variations in doctrines don't send people to hell. There were some believers who didn't even know there was a Holy Spirit.
---john on 5/2/07

It is not how ridget you follow the bible, but 2 Timothy 2:15, Rightly Divide the word of truth. God wrote instructions for Israel, and instructions for Gentiles through the Apostle Paul. Are not to go and build an Ark. Search the scriptures.
---Jerry on 7/24/06

If we use some verses to the letter to the exclusion of others, what is accomplished except limit God's word to suite our desires. If we become strict followers of the "letter" we are lost in law. I believe we are to obey what we understand & pray God's grace suffice all else. Have faith & walk in that knowledge. If we find ourselves taking a doctrine it may limit our walk & growth... Always be open to move forward in God's revelation.
---mikefl on 7/20/06

II Cor. 3:6 " [God]Who also made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life"

Thankfully, we aren't saved by following "rules", but by Grace through faith in the Redeeming Blood of Jesus. That's something on which many of differing traditions agree. How much conflict, confusion and ERROR has come from taking a few words of Scripture and,in our own understanding, inflating them into a doctrine!
---Donna2277 on 7/18/06

Jesus said: If you love me, you'll obey me. AND
1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
I say we should adhere to the words of the bible to the tee.
---Donna9759 on 7/18/06

First let me say I like John's answer. In considering the answer to this question I am reminded that I sometimes thank the Lord for being the judge. When I'm engaging in worship and praise Of the Lord. I think of this question many times. Thank you Jesus for being our judge. We can be certain of the fairness of your judgment, praise be unto you!!
---mima on 7/17/06

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