I once loved doctrine. It made me feel safe, secure, and best of all, right. Here are seven reasons I traded in doctrine for truth.
1. Truth is alive. Doctrine is dead.
The pursuit of truth is like a birds in flight, in motion, free to alter course. Doctrine is like a bird in a museum. It has a stick up its butt and a Latin name. It may be beautiful but it’s dead.
2. Jesus didn’t teach doctrine.
No one accused Jesus of spouting doctrine. He got in trouble for breaking doctrines, not for teaching them. Jesus told puzzling stories that helped people take the next step. He presented life as a journey.
3. Truth is infinite. Doctrine is cramped.
To know all truth would be to swallow the ocean whole. The illusion of doctrine is that our existence can be reduced to a list of easily digestible propositions.
4. Truth is our universal center. Doctrine is a counterfeit.
We are all over the map, but everyone feels the same pull toward God, toward truth. Doctrine sets up a human counterfeit and claims it is the center for all.
5. Truth unites us. Doctrine divides us.
When we accept Truth as the center of the universe, then we are all in the same boat, drawn by the same center. Doctrine creates competing human systems in the place of Truth. These systems divide the world into warring factions.
6. Truth is free to all. Doctrine must be regulated by experts.
Anyone with two eyes can seek truth. Doctrine has been hammered out by experts, over the centuries. Your role is to be indoctrinated, not open your eyes and see.
7. Truth is unshakeable. Doctrine must be defended
Truth needs no one to defend it. It’s the other way around! It stands in judgment of us. Human doctrines must be defended against other human doctrines. You seek truth. You defend doctrine.
It boils down to this: Do I choose something tame that I can understand and control or something wild and beyond comprehension that controls me?