Does It Really Matter What We Believe?

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What medical error can do

In The Doctors Mayo, Helen Clapesattle describes how difficult it was to convince surgeons in the 19th century of the value of a sterile operating environment.

Many hospital patients died of preventable infections.

If ignorance in medicine was potentially fatal, what of religious error?

What religious error can do

Many reject Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God (John 14:6).

Jesus said, “. . . unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).

And, “. . . he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me” (Luke 10:16).

So does it really matter what we believe?

Can we afford to assume we’re right with God until we’ve carefully examined our beliefs in light of His word (Acts 17:10-11)?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Does it really matter?

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Lives at risk

Would you submit to the scalpel if you knew your surgeon was not overly concerned about a sterile operating environment?

Would you want nurses attending you who were known to switch one patient’s medications with another’s—accidentally, of course?

Would you book a flight on an airline with a reputation for careless pre-flight maintenance?

Souls at stake

Many today think doctrinal differences are matters of indifference.

The word “doctrine” means “teaching.” Biblical doctrine is what God wants us to know, believe, practice, and teach.

He does not intend for us to deviate from the standard of teaching He has revealed (Galatians 1:6-9).

Satan also has his doctrines (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; 2 Peter 2:1-3).

Who says doctrine doesn’t matter? God or Satan?

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