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The thoughts of a recovering disappointment.

Is correct information enough?

Posted by Ammon on October 1, 2015

In the world of the Christians, there has historically been a problem.  Some non-Christians, may look at the plethora of Christian denominations and wonder, why so many?  What’s the difference if they’re all Christians?

Short answer: The difference is in the doctrine – the specifics about what they believe.

Long Answer: Some Christians will claim that as long as you believe in Christ and give your life to Him it doesn’t matter which denomination you join.  For many this is truly what they believe.  I agree with them … to some extent, but that’s not the topic of this post.  I agree that the most important thing is to truly have faith in and give your life to Christ.  After that your denomination is a relatively minor thing, though not completely irrelevant.  There are some doctrines that, if misunderstood, can lead to problems in both the temporal and spiritual sense.

I attended a leadership development event a couple of years ago where Orrin Woodward spoke and he said something that has my mind spinning and wanting to share what I learned.

He taught the process of Learn -> Do -> Teach.  He taught about the importance of doing something before you teach it to others.  Too often in our credentialist society, we shortcut the process by using a piece of paper that says we know what we are talking about as evidence of genuine authority, knowledge, and experience.

Paul taught “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”  James 2: 26 (14-26)

Today, I read an article about Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and a speech he gave.  In the first few paragraphs of the article is a quote that I found profound.  Now, I’m not a catholic, but this quote really rang true to me.  He was speaking about avoiding blaming others, especially the youth or those that have been led astray from truth, for governmental action which goes contrary to the doctrine or beliefs of Christians.  He said:

“We need to invest our energies not so much in rehearsing the problems of the world around us and the merits of Christianity, but in extending a sincere invitation to young people to be brave and to opt for marriage and the family,”

Too often, I get caught up in “rehearsing the problems of the world around us” and even the merits of Christianity” but neglect the importance of extending a sincere and caring hand to other people, inviting them to stand for what I believe is right and true.  I tend to think that because, intellectually, I consider myself to be right, that is enough.  That the disparity between my prolific rants and my feeble good deeds can be swept under the rug.

The question I pose to you: Is understanding something enough, or is real world application and practice necessary?

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One Response to “Is correct information enough?”

  1. To “know” and not to do, is not to know. True wisdom comes from the application of information. It comes from intellectual data AND heartfelt inspiration. Emotional intelligence (EQ) outweighs Mental intelligane (IQ). Truth spoken without love is brutality. Love spoken without truth is sentimentalism that does not challenge the will. Ephesians 4:15.

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