A Proposition for Theological Debate

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1. Words that are not in the Bible may not be used as the basis for explaining central doctrinal beliefs.

2. Using mathematics to describe concepts that when stated clearly defy the laws of mathematics is not allowed.

3. A belief or doctrine may not contain within itself ideas that contradict each other.

4. The word “fully” should be used only in the sense of “100%,” or “completely.” Any other usage of the word defies the English language. Using the word in the first place means the person accepts the standards of English, and it is not allowed that they later defy them.

5. Words may not be created to describe biblical ideas; the Bible provides the words and the ideas.

6. A belief may not be claimed to be so obvious that it is not even mentioned in the Bible, then said to be a central tenet of faith.

7. Defense of a belief should not be based on a verse that is only translated as a defense in a certain version of the Bible. The verse should also not be used if it is shown to be an addition by later writers to the original text.

8. A belief must not be formed through a filter of “the necessity of mystery.” God did not reveal the Word that people should be confused.

9. A belief may not be expounded solely from one book or area of the Bible while the rest offers it no support. Context means the entire Bible, not just the passage of interest.

10. A belief should answer more questions than it raises, biblically speaking.

11. A belief should be congruent with the Old Testament and the New Testament.

12. People should understand what they state as their belief; a book or another person is not a valid “understanding” of what a person believes.

13. Evangelism should not hide the true nature of the belief that is expressed. A person should come to salvation based on a full understanding of what the evangelizer is saying. A person is not to be brought to salvation by one standard, then later shown a more “complete” understanding that is claimed to be essential.