Too many times, when meeting a fellow believer or speaking to a “non-believer” we gauge (measure) their spirituality based upon our compatibility of belief. An important question we need to ask ourselves is what is it that we truly believe and why do we believe that. These questions are what is known as a type of theological method; understanding why we belief what we believe.
The Apostle Paul addresses theological concerns in 1 Corinthians 1:10-11 when the house church in Corinth seems to be divided over what type of theological teaching (doctrine), or system of belief, is being taught.
“For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”
Before answering good, honest, well-meaning question; there is a need to take deliberate pause, truly think what the real question is, and then confess our need and dependency upon God for Him to teach us true wisdom.
If we take a minute and find the doctrine which all of these individuals where teaching. We would find that they are saying:
I follow Paul is to suggest that both Jew and Greek (Gentile) can both receive Salvation through Grace.
To say that I follow Cephas is to claim the Law of Moses is still acceptable.
To say that I follow Apollos is to say one must be baptized prior to knowing Jesus
To say that I follow Christ, in context of these versus, is to basically say you do not know what you believe but I am following whomever has the majority vote.
The point of the Gospel is to unite the whole of humanity through the grace provided by Jesus Christ.
Debating about religion, in essence, points to the maturity level of the believer. There is a difference in discussing a difference between point of view and arguing to the point of strife about theology.
Apologetics is not the art of proving oneself intellect in authority over another. It is the very art of evangelizing; to win another over to Christ.
We need to remember that before we are able to receive truth our hearts must first be soft enough to listen. If our hearts are soft enough to listen only then can God reveal to us His desire.
It was religious people which not only rejected Jesus but sentenced him to die on the cross. Let us not worry about what religion one may be. Let us be more concerned on who the original audience is, the reason the author was speaking to the audience in that way, then let us attempt to ask God how does it relate to me today.