There are a lot of things to debate and dissect in the Christian life today. There are multiple denominations, Bible versions and doctrines. Everyone from scholars and theologians to new Christians have different views and interpretations of Scripture.
Some argue these things because they truly believe their views are correct and they do not want fellow believers to be deceived. Others use these things to create trouble, or to set themselves apart from everyone else. I too have gotten caught up in debates over Scripture for any or all of these reasons until I read Titus 3:9; But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
I felt very convicted about how I had lived my Christian life – I had spent most of it spouting out views and opinions to prove how unwavering my faith was. But if we are to spread the good news of the Gospel to the world and lead people to Christ, does it make sense to debate with other Christians the things that Paul called unprofitable and vain? I could just imagine God looking down saying, “You spent so much time arguing this thing and you both missed the point.”
I want to take as many people with me to Heaven as I can.
Please don’t misunderstand me. The study of God’s word is a wonderful and necessary pursuit. To read Scripture with a humble heart is exactly what Proverbs 27:17 means when it says, Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. But Revelation 22:13,14 says I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
At some point, we will pass out of time into eternity. Time will not stop. It will cease to exist. With no other plans to make, bills to pay, things to fix or schedule to keep, I will bow down at the feet of my God and Creator. I will hold the hand of my Lord and Savior. And I will hug my Father with the joy of a child and say, “I love you.” And to be honest, I want to bring as many people with me as I can. I want them to experience eternity being washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. I would keep writing, but I don’t know how much time I have…