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Should we be worshipping the Holy Spirit the same way we worship God the Father and Jesus?
As far as the idea that heresy means “if you believe one of these it will damn you to hell.”, I just don’t see it in the Bible.
I’ve heard of damnable heresies (II Peter 2:1) but does that mean all heresies cause one’s soul to be damned should they be taken in by it, teach it for example, because they think it’s something that’s right, even though it is not correct?
I don’t see that narrow definition in the Bible.
My English dictionary gives a somewhat broader definition of it, as the word is used in somewhat differing ways.
I suppose we could argue that that’s how the world has corrpted the meaning of words, however I believe that for the most part a good English dictionary often serves people just as much if not more honestly than many a preacher or teacher often will.
Certainly people use the term “heresy” that way. Commonly, even.
But the more standard definition is (I paraphrase) — “a major deviation in orthodoxy”
i.e. believing something that fundamentally alters the message of Christianity.
This is WAY different than getting damned to hell.
I have a very high view of the grace of God and believe it can even cover heretics — especially people who are sincere but still wrong.
Ironically, I believe some of the biggest “heretics” are the first to point the finger of heresy. They are the modern day Pharisees who have added a personal or political agenda to the gospel.
PS to Ray:
I really appreciate your posts.
As a person who tends towards “broader” ways to read the bible, I get a little lonely here!
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