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Are You Narrow-Minded in Religion?

Are You Narrow-Minded or Broad-Minded in Religion?Are you narrow-minded or broad-minded in religion? Some preachers have been told, "You're just too narrow-minded. In today's society, you have to be more broad-minded." 

Surely we should all appreciate the value of truth. Is truth broad or narrow? Suppose I ask you: "How many inches are in a foot?" Or, "In what year was our Declaration of Independence signed?" How many correct answers could be given for each of these questions? There are many wrong answers, but only one right answer. Truth is narrow, but error is broad.

What about Jesus? Was He broad-minded or narrow-minded? In Matthew 7:13,14 He said: "Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." In religion, as in other areas of life, truth is narrow, but error is broad.

For example, does it matter which god we worship? Ephesians 4:6 says there is "one God and Father." There are many false gods, but only one true God. Truth is narrow. Error is broad.

Again some people say, "It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you're sincere." But Ephesians 4:5, the same passage that says there is one God, also says there is "one faith." There are many ways to be wrong, but only one way to be right.

Finally, some people say, "All the churches are going to the same place, just by different roads. So just join the church of your choice." But again the same passage in Ephesians 4:4 says, "There is one body," and the body is the church - Ephesians 1:22,23. Truth is narrow, but error is broad.

Are you narrow-minded or broad-minded in religion?

For more information on this subject, please visit our Bible Instruction web site at /instruct/ and study our in-depth articles there about the importance of Bible study, how to study the Bible, and the danger of human authority in religion. 

(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2017;

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