God has given us all free will, which means that we will all have our own opinion. We must be careful not to paint ourselves into a corner with our own personal theology that’s based on our opinion.
Through thousands of years of interpretation, translation and opinion we have people who experience God many different ways. However, there remains only one truth….
2 Peter 1:20-21 (NKJV)
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private [a]interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but [b]holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
As we worship God through the perspective of our particular church culture, denomination or ‘non-denomination’, chosen doctrine, traditions, etc., we must be careful that we don’t ‘paint ourselves into a spiritual corner’ of thinking that everyone else is wrong, or separating ourselves from God’s real truth.
How can two people who are basing their beliefs on the same bible verse believe two different things? Because one person will always be putting how he or she wants to see it above how God’s intended meaning.
For example, many people say it’s a sin to drink any type of alcoholic beverage, when the bible clearly does not say that…
1 Timothy 5:23 (NKJV)
23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent [a]infirmities.
So, in order to support their own theology they have to reason that the wine in the bible was not fermented, which is just plain silly. They have painted themselves into a corner to support their theology.
But, God isn’t going to force His truth onto any of us. God gives us the right to have our wrong opinion.
When we’re honest with ourselves, we all think we are right when we want to believe something. Even the bible confirms that…
Proverbs 21:2 (NKJV)
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
Remember God is bigger than your church culture or your own personal theology.