Have you ever heard this phrase before? Of course you have. This is a common catch-phrase Christians like to use when they can’t get the other person to share their belief. In the spirit of keeping the peace, they throw in the towel and move on. Well here’s my thoughts….
If something is nonessential, then it is not important.
The Bible said of itself that all of it is profitable. That’s means all of it is important which means ALL of it is essential. We should be hanging on every word God says – He does not vainly babble like we do and so I repeat, All of it is essential.
I also believe we are fallible. We can be wrong. I fully admit that I can be wrong.
Agree to disagree
I hate the phrase “agree to disagree’. First I’ll tell you why I hate it. By saying this, we are saying we’re at an impasse, we’re not going to get anywhere, so let’s just drop the subject. If you drop the subject, you don’t learn. If you have a hardened heart, you don’t want to learn. Agreeing to disagree offers no solution. It leaves at least one party in continual error. Believing one error will spread onto another, and another etc.
There is an answer to all the hotly debated topics in the Christian camp. While there are different views, there remains only one truth. Satan is the author of ‘different views’. I’m not willing to settle for that.
I don’t think we should fluff off anything as ‘nonessential’ in the Bible. I also think we should all admit that we can be wrong. I think we are all so filled up with the repetition of things we’ve heard and learned and we believe them without knowing why. I think if we TRULY have open hearts to the truth, then we should find out why we believe what we do and prove it Scripturally. Put away pre-conceived notions.
If something makes sense but you can’t find a Bible verse to substantiate it, then re-evaluate it. Search diligently. If you still cannot find Scriptures explicitly or implicitly, or even a principle then discard the idea. And if that idea ruins another idea you had, then you’d better research the other one. You may have to dismantle your entire belief structure if you cannot find Biblical support but I would suggest you do it and start from scratch. How many people do this? People are happy quoting Hal Lindsay and others reminding you of how many initials are after their name. Apparently that’s good enough for them. But that should never be good enough for a true believer.
If you are off in so many areas, then how can you truly know the God you serve? How can you know His plan for you? How can you honor Him when you don’t know how to because you’ve misinterpreted things or you do things that displease Him? And if you constantly displease Him (for lack of understanding or applying his Word) then how can you have a close fellowship with Him? And if you’re not close to Him, how can you hear Him? How can know your spirit is in harmony with His? How can know your will be in agreement with His if you think it’s alright to do something because you have justified some ‘small’ thing but He sees it as sin but you see as His permissible will? You’re just stacking sin upon unconfessed sin all because your thinking was in error and you were too lazy to find out the truth.
Take verses apart if you have to and examine WHY you believe something. If you can’t find it in Scriptures, then admit you might be wrong and keep searching. He wants us to know His truths if we would just study. If we have an open, honest heart for the truth, we will find it.