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Letters to the Editor

Thoughts on theology, doctrine and the truth

To a sinful heart, truth seems to be unloving. But truth being unloving is the furthest thing from the truth. To deny truth is unloving. And yes, one can speak the truth and be unloving.

Sadly, many children grew up in a home where the truths of the Bible were taught but the love principles were overshadowed. And on the other side of the coin, how many times as children did we blurt out, “That’s not fair,” when in reality what was being said or done was, in fact, very fair?

Christian theology is the study of God, his attributes, love, deity, justice, holiness, etc. Doctrine means “teaching” or “instruction.”

Today we are living in a world of spiritual confusion. That’s why the doctrines of justification and sanctification are so important, as well as the many other doctrines in God’s word (1st Corinthians 14:33 KJV — “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.”).

We are guilty of biblical ignorance. We put much emphasis on how we feel, how good we are, or how much we do.

All teaching, no matter in what form, is doctrine. Songs present a message, a doctrine. “All you need is love.” John Lennon was wrong! How loving was John, anyway? It wasn’t very loving of him to abandon his first son, or when he punched a woman, or when he committed fornication and adultery. John had a distorted self-love and much insecurity as seen in all his addictions. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Luther Ingram didn’t live in denial of truth but was honest. “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” It is a very dangerous thing to live in ignorance or in denial or to reject the truth once you are aware of it because consequences will ultimately follow. (John 3:19-21)

Shouldn’t we all be in the pursuit of truth? I can identify with a sinful, rebellious lifestyle. I know what it is to deny the truth and live in self-pity. I know what it is like “looking for love in all the wrong places,” such as entertainment, drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling, etc.

The Bible reveals the truth about our hearts. We all have imperfections and secrets in our closets. Should we embrace the mindset of “Oh well,” I can’t help it; it’s just the way I am?

No, Jesus speaks of another closet that he expects us to enter. “But when you pray, go into your closet, close the door and pray to your Father. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

“My B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the book for me.

“I’ll stand alone on the word of God, my B-I-B-L-E.”

A children’s song about Jesus’ love, the one called “that great teacher of truth,” and about a book filled with theology, doctrines and foundational truths!

Ted Roberts

Princeton

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