Everyone believes that they are correct with their opinions and the way to achieve salvation. As Christians, we believe that observing the conditions given to us from within the Bible, which we believe are the words of God, will open the doors of Heaven to us. The only problem is that there are so many different denominations using different “translations” that have changed the words of God that the people who use these Bibles may be in jeopardy. If the changes make no difference in achieving salvation, then that would mean that there are various ways of reaching Paradise and we know that this is not true. Jesus speaks of the path being very wide, but the gate very narrow and few will pass through… We are not going to quote chapter and verse because anyone that has studied the Bible know from where these words come. The people that have not read and studied the Bible will probably still be here on Earth after the Rapture !!!
The Bible is a miraculous document. When we read it, we see and understand the lesson that is being given. But, the levels of understanding the deeper meanings to each lesson is endless. The Spirit will lead us down through the teachings and we see more and more of the miraculous aspects of the Book. There are still parts of the Bible where the meaning has not yet been given to us. Many may disagree with that statement, but it is true. As God decides to reveal His word to us, the Spirit will lead us to the understanding. People believed for years certain aspects of Heaven that have recently been questioned because of new information being revealed to us by God. It was either Heaven or hell, but now we are understanding that there may very well be other places or place for the souls to spend eternity.
The new understanding seems to be given to the very elect, and a Sunday morning Christian probably is not included in this group. It is also possible that as we approach the end that God is only now revealing this information to His chosen people. Anyone who does not acknowledge that most every group has altered in some fashion the original words of God is either in denial or being influenced greatly by Satan. Not that many years ago, the largest “Christian” institution taught that if you did not belong to that group that it was impossible to achieve salvation. This foolishness may have been changed in the years after along with many other alterations to bring that group into closer alignment with fundamental doctrine. But, this is an example of how far away from Christian doctrine some churches have gone.
The good news is that as long as a person is alive, he or she still has a chance to examine their beliefs and embrace the fundamental and true aspects of the original words given to us by God. However, it is something that each of us must do ourselves. We cannot expect our Pastor or anyone else to do it for us. We have a personal relationship with God and the Spirit will guide us down the correct path. There is only one way and it is the way given to us by God !!!
I have a great respect for those who bring the gospel message to the world. And, like many who strive in this capacity, I see the same thing you mentioned. There are a number of "false statements, teachings, and doctrine" which is being spread around.
This is nothing new. The Apostles warned of it back in the first century. I look for those things of scripture which I can agree with first. Unity and encouragement are important, both in the eyes of God and the world. However, I also read to prove what others say with regard to the scriptures.
Faith in Christ Jesus as the Son of God is necessary for salvation. The only way to reach the Father is through the Son, (John 14:6). I also believe that baptism is the way in which we receive the Holy Spirit. But I must offer an alternative view of such things as the Rapture.
Eschatology is a fascinating interest. To some extent, it's "must reading" for the Christian faithful. But it can lead to various understandings and interpretations from one topic to the next. I believe that all things in heaven and on earth will end immediately with the second coming of Christ. It is in context with the entire message of the scriptures, and is far more supported by teachers and students of the law.
This is not to say that my view is absolutely correct, and nothing else is even possible. I'm not sure anyone but the Lord Himself knows with complete certainity how all things will end on earth. I just had to express my viewpoint.
Your work is generally very good; I commend your efforts!
All these opinions and subsequent doctrines imminate from our own weak human led minds. We are, but one particle that forms the whole, whether a good part or a bad part. We know right from wrong, what we cannot fathom and understand is that right for one can be wrong for the other. We alll know the secret, yet choose to ignore or substantiate the reasoning behind that ignorance. Lets start again by speaking from within and not from what we read or hear. The time is upon us when we do not need the words for our hearts and minds know the truth. Religion blinds and de-educates. Take the one solitary rule and use it. Its that simple yet so, so complex. Blessings