What Is Christian Doctrine?

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What is Christian doctrine? Christian doctrine tells us the truth about God, ourselves, and our world. Doctrine means teaching or instruction. A Church historian once defined Christian doctrine in this way: “Christian doctrine is what the church believes and teaches.” A doctrine is what the whole Bible teaches us about a particular topic. Christian doctrine may be defined as the fundamental truths of the Bible arranged in systematic form. The Assemblies of God has 16 fundamentals of truth or doctrines. These are non-negotiable tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to. The word doctrine comes from the Greek word didache meaning "teaching." It is a belief or system of beliefs. Key doctrines form the primary basis of the belief system. Examples of Christian doctrine include the Trinity, Virgin birth and the deity of Christ. Someone who denies one or more central doctrines would therefore not be accepted as a genuine follower of that faith, for example, denying the deity of Christ (Jehovah Witnesses). Individuals who - while claiming to be Christians - reject one of more central doctrines of the Christian faith are considered heretics. A heresy is false teaching that Christians must divide themselves from all who teach it. Examples of heresy include circumcision required for Salvation Acts 15:1: "But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’" Other
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