The Dangers of Dogma (#733)

When you're convinced that your principles are right and every one else who disagrees with you is wrong, you've entered into the dangerous waters of destructive dogma. Whether it be in politics, religion, or science, dogma can blind you to other possibilities and make you manipulate people around you to think like you do. Vince Coakley, host of The Vince Coakley Show in Charlotte, NC, joins his friend Wayne to explore the content of an editorial he shared on his radio show the week before. The constant war between competing dogmas doesn't serve us or Jesus' kingdom well. Even our adherence to principles that are true can substitute for a relationship with he who is the truth. And when our dogma fails, will we thrust our head into the sand and with draw to its false comfort, or will we take the courage to sail beyond "our truth" to find out what really is true?

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      • What most don’t get is, that it was never about my version of the truth vs another’s version of the truth.
        As a friend once said, I may not go your way and you might not go my way, but we’re ALL going to go His way <3

  1. This was positively profound. I keep thinking I’ve heard my favorite podcast, and then I hear another one that resonates with me even more. WOW.

  2. The Bible is a wonderful book. It is the truth about the Truth. It is not the Truth. A sermon taken from the Bible can be a wonderful thing to hear. It is the truth about the truth about the Truth. But it is not the Truth. There have been many books written about the things contained in the Bible. I have written some myself. They can be quite wonderful to read. They are the truth about the truth about truth about the Truth. But they are NOT the Truth. Only Jesus Christ is the Truth. Sometimes the Truth can be drowned in a multitude of words.
    — attributed to Richard Wurmbrand

  3. A great podcast. I always think, whatever my opinions, if I don’t have love for others, then I have nothing for anyone. I’m a licensed mental health provider who is a Christian working primarily with people who are not christians. (I often listen to your podcasts over my lunch break). Reliance upon God to provide in working with others continues to take me places I couldn’t have imagined i would go and places i wouldn’t have the strength to go on my own without God. Your books and your podcasts have been a source of encouragement for me for some time. Thank you.

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