Does anyone have a really good goof-proof method for determining the difference between what is sound doctrine and what is just a good idea?
And what may not be a very good idea?
I’m really asking. I really want to know.
Just saying “If it’s in the Bible, it’s sound doctrine” won’t cut it. We all know that. Satan wasn’t shy about using scripture to tempt Jesus.
How can we know what is the desire of God’s heart for us, apart from all of the ditherings about language and meaning and definition and law and command and example and necessary inference?
How much can we rely upon His grace to cover our lack of understanding?
Is it possible to know God’s will in every conceivable circumstance?
Or is it arrogance to think that we can? That we do?
Is it possible God intentionally built a level of mystery, seeming contradiction, translucence – rather than opaqueness or transparence – into His word so that we would constantly struggle, study, pray, attempt, fail, repent, learn, experience the light that we seek in perfect clarity?
To keep us humble?
To keep us seeking?
To draw us closer?