Dogma can be described as follows:
“Dogma is a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system’s paradigm, or the ideology itself. The term can refer to acceptable opinions of philosophers or philosophical schools, public decrees, religion, or issued decisions of political authorities.”
Jesus said that we must worship in Spirit and in Truth.
Not knowing the truth but following a dogma is like the girl who drank her wine from a bottle, never getting a chance to really taste it.
The early believers were Jews and they were not even called Christians, but just followers of The Way. Some also called them Messianics. We read in the Acts about their oneness of mind, how they cared and shared, there was peace, harmony and unity.
Then the Word was taken to non-Jews (Gentiles.) In came all sorts of pagan rituals and beliefs, to the extent that Paul warned against this, condemning anyone who deviated from the pure doctrine, to hell.
Guess what are we following today? The very different gospel Pal had warned about.
I hear that people say “I stand on what the Bible says.” Careful now. Which one are you talking about? There are partial Bibles in some 2,900 languages and full Bibles in almost 600 languages.
And in only one language is the Holy Spirit wrongly called a ghost.
A fundamentalist approach will only serve to make you a believer of dogma, of untested doctrine, instead of well-researched Truth.
I was one, in a previous life, until the Lord freed from from religious varnish, stripped me naked until only ugly me remained. Then He started teaching me about Him, like He taught Job.
Job went through hell and back. He lost all he had, well, his troubles were indescribable, more than most of us will endure in twenty lifetimes. His lasted a whole 22 verses.
Then came the REAL trouble, from Job Chapter 2.
Most people have little knowledge of the book of Job, which is sad. It is a book that really lays the foundation of true faith, exposing the human heart, our very nature.
Recently, a floating missionary told me that job was a righteous man, without sin yet God tested Him. She cannot be older than maybe 25, I guess she is younger. She did not know what Jesus taught, less did she know what Job’s story was about. She was a follower of dogma, but decidedly not of knowledge. I was shocked to see she was going around the globe, from port to port, without knowing what the Jesus she promoted is about, because she does not know what His Word teaches.
I was like that once, when I was a young missionary. Filled with dogma, but knew little Truth, although I thought I owned it all.
Modern Bibles are mostly translated directly from the original languages, while older, traditional Bibles are mostly based upon intermediate translations called base texts. The translators of the final product were very accurate – in copying tens of thousands of errors made by others. Then dogma teaches it is inerrant. Go figure.
The newer, more accurate ones (for various reasons) do not include certain added texts, which really were rather intentional deception by older translators, so as to establish a new dogma to suit their own personal views. Newer translations mostly exclude these additions, which is right.
Now the believers of dogma come and slam the more accurate Bibles, condemning its translators to Hell. Now isn’t this a funny thing to observe? Or strange?
Dogma is what resulted into the Inquisition.
My own forefathers had to leave their centuries-old wealth behind and flee to what is now South Africa, because followers of dogma wanted them dead. I can list endless examples.
Perhaps the zealous followers of such religious dogma hamper their own growth, restrict their own maturity, by blinding themselves from Truth.
Now let us look at Jesus – did He ever preach dogma? Not once! Should we not, then, follow His example and that of the first Christians in Jerusalem? Interestingly, the Roman Catholics and the Protestants have so much similarity in belief, yet both, as well as the Orthodox Church, deviate vastly from The Way.
We are following a different gospel and will draw swords to defend our inherited dogma.
If only we could see Jesus for who He is, as He has been obscured by said dogma. It veils Him, and we as a religion follow that veiled image, instead of the Original Jesus.
Do we need all this dogma? Give it a thought.
Only for truth seekers, did Jesus really say this?
- camel through the eye of a needle (rope…)
- eunuchs doing temple service, compare Deut 23:1
- forgive them as they don’t know what they’re doing (not in all texts)
- baptise them in the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit. How did the apostles baptise?
Research this extensively, see what you come up with. I have some answers but won’t give it away just now; I’ve given too many clues already.
Get the real taste, don’t drink Life from the bottle!