Idol Doctrine

A reading for Thursday, December 4, 2014: Luke 20:27-40.

When faith in doctrine or dogma become an idol, we will do almost anything to protect it. When we say this is the "make it or break it" issue of our church or our faith, then we have turned faith into an idol.

This is what the Sadducees had done with resurrection. They were not open to Jesus and the good news Christ had offered because of their trust in a doctrine. They tested Jesus over against their idol, using even Moses to justify.

Jesus won't have it. Instead, he uses their very argument of Moses to turn the doctrine around on them. "The fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."

Faith is not about doctrine or dogma but is instead about trusting in God to deliver all people and all of creation from sin and death. Everything else is just an idol...

"In Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Christ God reconciles all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross." (Col. 1:19–20)


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