On Heresy

     Alternative interpretations regularly sprout like weeds to compete with accepted ideas.  In our time, this phenomena is considered admirable.  Most scientific discoveries and technological progress have come as inventors and researchers questioned established notions.
     But alternative interpretations can be dangerous.  They erode workable and beneficial applications.  The deterioration of a democracy into a dictatorship is always accompanied by alternative interpretations.  The same is true for Christianity.  Alternative interpretations often break the unity with the group to whom they are introduced.
     The early Christians called alternative interpretations heresies.  To them, heresies were not refreshing ways of viewing religious concepts, but paths that led from Jesus and the good news contained in his gospel.  Numerous heretics presented themselves as Christian teachers and competed with the church for converts.  From the time of the apostles to the emergence of the Roman Papacy, heresies regular assaulted Christianity.
     The Christians developed an innovative way to detect heresies and disarm heretics.  Its usefulness was effective in protecting the church from false ideas.  It also helped to rescue Christians from errant tenets.
    The prescription against heresy that the early Christians developed has use applications today.  Alternative interpretations regularly assault Christianity and attract Christians from the Savior's gospel.  We can find great benefit in understanding and applying the ancient prescription.  It not only detects heresy, but it provides an easy rebuttal to the heretic's flowery sophistry.
121 pages divided into 45 concise chapters

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