Faith in a Box / Doctrines, Creeds, and Dogmas
Faith in a Box – Judaism and the church after Jesus were plagued with heresies. In both cases, the leadership closed out the issues. They put their dogma into a nice box, tied it with a ribbon, and put it on the shelf of things that have been settled. Problems can arise by closing the box of dogma and declaring it “The Truth.” Heresies have to be answered for there to be a cohesiveness to your faith. Do you just excommunicate those who ask questions? How should they be handled? You need to know how to resolve these issues.
Doctrines, Creeds, and Dogmas – Your church probably has a set of beliefs it expects all of its members to hold. We all know the saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” This is true with churches. Culture and education differ in churches and can be important. People group according to their comfort level. Toss a dispute over dogma into the mix and things can change quickly. Creeds and doctrines differ depending on the denomination. Chesterton said, “Truths turn into dogmas the moment they are disputed.” This is true with religion. Learn what creeds, doctrines, dogmas, and traditions have in common and what problems are inherent in them.