True Christians does not accept or practice any beliefs, doctrines, creeds, or traditions which are not explicitly stated in Bible Scripture. Christianity is not one of the mystery religions. The Bible has been provided that we may know the truth. It is not a secret code which needs to be deciphered. It does not require a theologian with an advanced theology degree to interpret what it means. The Bible’s simple message has been twisted by those theologians who have an agenda to create their own dogma.
There is tremendous danger in placing one’s faith in someone else’s theory of Scriptural meaning. Put your effort in verifying the truth for yourself. In Philippians 2:12 Paul wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” These are not empty words. They are a dire warning. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-14, Paul wrote, “13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as Christ’s apostles. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.” No one can assume that any man-made doctrine is the truth. We have been given the Scriptures as our source of the truth. They do not require further interpretation beyond faithful translation. Do not be deceived by those who twist a few verses to say that they imply their false doctrines. Rather, be guided by the many verses which explicitly declare the true doctrine.
Even Bible translations must be held accountable for their faithful and unbiased application of translation technique. When a doctrinal issue seems to be dependent on the nuanced wording of a verse, it is always beneficial to look up the verse in an interlinear type of translation. These show the original language above or below a literal, word-for-word translation. It is even better if the original language words are also identified by their Strong’s Number, which can be looked-up to get a definition of the original language word. There is often more than one definition for a word. Knowing of the existence of alternatives can expand the possibilities for a verse. One may have to look to additional verses that deal with the topic to gain a better understanding. This is better than merely accepting the doctrinal choice of a translator. Each of us is ultimately responsible for knowing and adhering to the teaching of Jesus for our own salvation. By holding directly to the Scripture of the Bible, we have removed the greatest avenue of deception.
Here are some verses, from the World English Bible (WEB) translation, which serve as examples of how the Bible explicitly presents doctrine:
29 Jesus answered, “The greatest is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[a] This is the first commandment.
Footnote a: Mark 12:30 Deuteronomy 6:4-5
4 Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God. Yahweh is one. 5 You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.
1 Timothy 2:5
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The Burial of Sarah, Gen 23:19
The Burial of Sarah, Gen 23:19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre (that is, Hebron), in the land of Canaan.