Rollo....That's an opinion that you assume to be true.
When I have an opinion I state so.
What I posted is not an opinion.
When we're not sure about something and there are two differing views, both seemingly biblical...
how do we resolve it?
I'd say the Apostles knew Jesus and knew what He believed and taught.
Those that came after the Apostles that were taught by them also had the truth.
It was pretty clear till about the 200's AD.
There might have been some small disagreements about something or other...but not about the big stuff.
This is the big stuff:
1. Belief in God/Jesus was necessary.
2. Good works were necessary.
3. Baptism was necessary.
4. The sharing of bread at the gatherings (Mass/Service) was necessary.
5. Passing down the faith to the children was necessary.
6. Salvation could be forfeited by abandoning the faith.
In the 1500's the church needed reformation.
It was soooo reformed that the early beliefs have become forgotten.
Now we have:
1. God is a deterministic God. He decides who goes to heaven and hell based on NOTHING.
2. Good works are not necessary, in fact it may be sinful to believe so.
3. Once one is saved...he is saved forever - no matter what.
4. Baptism is not really necessary but a good thing to do.
5. Ask God for what you want and you'll get it.
I'm sure there's more I'm not thinking of right now.