So I am on this other forum quite a bit, andyesterday this guy posts this:
So, we all have a boat. That boat is generally called the U.S.S. (or R.M.S./H.M.S.) Doctrine. It may look pretty, but will yours float? In other words, will your beliefs withstand biblical doctrine, despite how “right” they seem to you? Obviously, dont’ insult us by saying, “I’m an Atheist/Buddhist/Whatever that doesn’t believe in God, so of course they won’t!” Don’t waste our time. This is a thread for professing Christians to check their beliefs against God’s Word.
I’m going to ask you to describe, completely in your own words, your beliefs on some basic doctrines. Don’t quote or reference ANYTHING. Then we’re going to take an unbiased look at what Scripture has to say about it.
So, give your opinions on:
What are “Scriptures”? Who wrote them? What good are they?
Who/what is God, and what is its purpose?
Who/what is Mankind, and what is their purpose?
What is salvation, and how does one experience it? What is required for “salvation” (by your definition), if anything?
What is grace, and how does one experience it? What is required for “grace” (by your definition), if anything?
What is the “Church”? What is its purpose, and what is required to be a part of it?
What is baptism? Why is it important? Is it important? What are the requirements for “baptism” (by your definition)?
What is the Lord’s Supper (Communion)? Why is it important? Is it important? What are the requirements for “the Lord’s Supper” (by your definition)?
The Lord’s Day
What is the Lord’s Day (Sabbath)? Why is it important? Is it important? Are we required to observe it still? If so, how? If not, why not?
Note: this thread is open to all those who would consider themselves Christians, whether you know I would agree or not (i.e., Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, Protestants, Charismatics, Evangelicals, etc.).
As you can see it’s very lengthy and in depth, requiring answers that are even more lengthy and in depth (esp. from a Catholic perspective). I really want to respond, but it would probably take me a year to compile the answers by myself, that’s why I’m coming to you guys to ask for help. I know I am going to get flamed by them, but I feel I should respond since I’m so active on their forum…
Thanks in advance for your replies!