Shortly after I was saved, I bought a Bible and told myself that I would treat it as if I had never read it before. Slowly, but surely, I reread the stories I was told as a child and saw them through fresh eyes.
When I came to learn what Reformed Theology was, I hesitated (because I was scared that it was heretical), but I knew the beliefs I grew up with weren’t biblical. So I read the Bible for myself and, sure enough, the evidence for Reformed Theology was everywhere. “Chosen”, “elect”, and “predestined” were sprinkled everywhere, but I had skimmed over them and never noticed them before.
Just recently, when I questioned my Cessationist theology, I asked “what does the Bible actually say?”. And after months and months of researching and searching the scriptures, I had to admit that I was wrong and switched to a Continuist theology.
So I ask you now…are your beliefs Biblical? The things you believe about God, Jesus, salvation, the Holy Spirit, etc…can verses support your beliefs? When read in context, are your beliefs in contradiction with the Bible or are they in line with the Gospel?
If we hold the Word of God to be the inerrant Word of God, and “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16), then we must also take a look at our own beliefs from time to time and question whether or not they are in line with the truth of the Gospel.
Francis Chan puts it this way: If you were stranded on an island with a Bible and you had never read it before, what conclusions would you come to simply by reading it? No teachers. No theology books. Nobody else to influence you. If all you ever did was read the Bible…what would you believe?
So, are your beliefs Biblical? If you think so, can you prove it with the Word of God?
If not, it may be time to pick up the Word and see what God has to say.