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Christ Our Doctrine

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 05/02/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

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From    : FRANK VIOLA                          Number    : 155 of 156 To      : CHARLES WOOTTEN                      Date      : 01/26/95 23:16 Subject : Living Water #5                      Reference : NONE Read    : 01/28/95 09:05                        Private  : NO Conf    : 26 - Devotions      phileoNet

            Living Water From Deep Wells of the Spirit

                PRESENT THEME: THE PERSON OF CHRIST

  ------------------------------------------------------------- Vol. 1                  Christ our Doctrine              Num. 5   -------------------------------------------------------------

    The uniqueness of Christianity is found in the relationship between its founder and its doctrines.  Unlike all other religious systems, Christianity is not based upon a set of teachings, a creed, an idealogy, a philosophy, or a code of ethics.  Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, Taoism, and all other religions are based upon specific doctrines that were originated and passed down by their founders.  But it is not so with Christianity.  Christianity is based upon a Person; in fact, it is so deeply bound up with this Person that it cannot exist without Him.  This, of course, is not to say that Christianity does not contain teachings and doctrines. It most certainly does.  However, the unique characteristic of Christianity--which sets it apart from all other religious systems-- is that its Founder is the very substance of all of its doctrines and its teachings.     Consider the religion of Islam, for example.  Islam is based upon the teachings of a man named Mohammed.  It has been many years since Mohammed has passed away, and yet, the doctrines, teachings, and philosophies that he promoted continue to this day without him.  There is, in effect, a marked detach- ment and disassociation between the founder of Islam and its teachings.  The founder has passed on, but his teachings survive. Another example is found in Buddhism.  Buddhism was founded on the teachings of Sakya Muni.  Yet, the crux of Buddhism is found in its philosophies and doctrines; it has little to do with Sakya Muni.  Therefore, one can be a good Buddhist today simply by following the teachings of Buddhism without being at all familiar with its founder.  This is characteristic of most all religions.     In contrast, Christianity is not built upon teachings and doctrines; rather, it is built upon a Man.  The --Person-- of Christ is the center and crux of Christianity rather than the doctrines that He taught.  Accordingly, the Gospels spend much more time concentrating on Christ's life, His deeds, His actions, His attitudes, and His work than it does on His teachings.  Notwith- standing, the Scriptures teach us clearly that Christ Himself is the very embodiment of all of His teachings.  Without Christ, there is no Christianity, for His teachings and His doctrines are vitally bound up with Himself.  The crucial question that Christianity asks, then, regards the Person of Jesus Christ; the central question of the Bible is--"who is Jesus?"  In order for a person to become a Christian, then, they must know its Founder, and not just His teachings.     Let us consider some examples of the inseparable connection between the doctrines of Christianity and the Person of Christ. In Christianity we have many essential doctrines: incarnation, justification, regeneration, sanctification, the baptism of the Spirit, etc.  Now, let me ask, what is the doctrine of incarnation based upon?  Is it not based upon the Person of Christ--who is the only God-Man?  And what about the doctrine of justification and the forgiveness of sins.  What is it based upon?  It is based upon the work of this Man Jesus, particularly in His shedding of blood.  What is the doctrine of regeneration based upon?  Again, it is based upon Christ, namely, upon His resurrection.  What is the doctrine of sanctification based upon?  It is based upon His all-inclusive death on the cross (see Romans 6:6).  And what about the doctrine of the baptism of the Spirit?  The Bible clearly teaches that this doctrine is based upon Christ's exalta- tion.  The doctrines of Christianity, then, are inseparably bound up with the Person and work of Jesus Christ; every Christian experience, therefore, is actually an entrance into the reality of Christ and the Divine facts that concern Him.     The very doctrine of Christianity is embodied in its founder, Jesus Christ.  For this reason, Christ calls us to believe in --Him-, not simply in His doctrines.  God's intention is that we go beyond accepting the teachings and doctrines of Christianity with mental assent, but instead, to have a living and vital relationship with Christ --Himself--.  We must understand that there is a vast difference between believing in the doctrines of Christianity and believing "into" (as the original puts it) Christ Himself.     In conclusion, Christianity does not emphasize doctrine, but a Person; it does not give us a code of teaching, but a Man.  In fact, every doctrine that is mentioned in the Bible points back to the Person of Christ.  While all other religions pass down their teachings to future generations without demanding an intimate knowledge of their founders, Christ passes down Himself to all who will receive Him.  While the creeds of all other religions are detached from their founders and can exist without them, the doctrines of Christianity are inseparable from its Founder--for Christ Himself is our Doctrine. --- * OLX 2.1 TD * KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP, BUT LOVE EDIFIES þ PhileoNet þ OneWay BBS þ Tampa, Fl þ (813) 621-7547



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