Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to undermine your faith!
I kid you not.
We are all taught doctrine by other people. Some of those people know what they are talking about and some don’t. Most are trying to be helpful, and there are some who are just in it for their own gain.
At a certain point you have to do some thinking about what you’ve been taught. You have to read the Bible to discern whether you were taught well or not.
Problems arise because we have feelings. We have loving thoughts about some of our teachers, some of whom were our own family members. We don’t want to think critically of them.
Sometimes we hate some of our teachers and it makes us hostile to their teaching even when they actually had some things right, but we throw it all out because of our hatred.
We also have feelings of insecurity. What will happen if I leave these doctrines I’ve depended on? What will happen if people I’ve been with find out I’ve backed off that doctrine? They will think I’m stupid and maybe disown me.
Fear is all over this thing.
Right doctrine will also make you do tough things, which are easily avoided by not believing those right doctrines. So we back off and quit. Leave it for smart people. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and quit this noise.
There are passages of the Bible that freak people out. They know if they took them seriously they’d have to change things. There would be a cost. They’d rather not pay it.
You can find people who will tell you what you want to hear and will agree to ignore the same verses you ignore. You can all carry on in happy ignorance. But what will you do in the end thereof?
Don’t be afraid of those verses. Figure them out. If you want to know the One who wrote the book; deal with His book.
Don’t get mad at the Bible for not agreeing with you–you’re the idiot in the scenario; not God!
Buck up. Do the work to figure it out and deal with the consequences. Eternity in God’s glory will make it all worth while. Don’t chuck eternal glory for temporal comfort. Pay the price, grow, and advance in the faith.