All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I believe in God, but not all that stuff about creation. I believe Jesus died for our sins, but that rising from the dead is a bit far-fetched. I believe in grace, but some of the morality taught in the Bible is a bit outdated. I believe in the truth, but truth is relative. I believe in Heaven, but Hell? Seriously? I believe that’s what the Bible says, but not what it means. I believe that Jesus in one of the paths to God, but not the only path.
Any of these sound familiar? They are couched in such nice sounding terms as, tolerance, science, progressive, enlightenment, inclusive, and co-exist, to name just a few. All of these are positive things when used in the right context. But when used to undermine the “God-breathed” scripture, we need to call it want it is — Satan’s scheming (2 Corinthians 2:11) masquerading as light (2 Corinthians 2:11). Scripture is not a smorgasbord of optional teaching that one can pick and choose what suits their own personal “taste.” If you do not believe all of it is truth, you may as well believe all of it is false. Just remember, truth is not a preference.
But one can readily see the danger here. Even though we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), we risk being being called intolerant, unscientific, repressive, ignorant, exclusive or combative. But we are not speaking against those who have been taken in by Satan’s lying schemes, but against the lies they’ve been led to believe and against those who promote them. Paul did not mince words about that. “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6–9, NIV 1984). This might sound harsh, but they are meddling with people’s eternal destiny by perverting the truth of God.
My Advice – Stick with the scriptures. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament canon. Do not be too hasty in doubting the traditional interpretations of its core teaching that has been universally accepted for two thousand years. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.” (1 Corinthians 15:3–8, NIV 1984).