The word “orthodox” does not actually appear in the Bible, but its meaning is affirmed throughout the Scriptures. The Bible describes the existence of objective Biblical truth and prescribes the teaching and defense of this truth. We’re living in an age where it’s stylish for Christians to be involved in an open “conversation” about the questions and doctrines of the faith, without making decisive proclamations about what is true (or false). The following articles were written to help you investigate the Biblical truth so you can guard and protect it from corruption:
Articles describing the importance of Christian orthodoxy and the role of creeds:
Why Christians Hold Truth in High Regard
Christians hold truth in high regard based on the repeated admonitions of the New Testament authors.
Why It’s Important to Seek a Correct Understanding of God (Orthodoxy)
It’s important to seek a correct understanding of God so we can make the case for objective Biblical truth.
What’s the Difference Between Heresy and Orthodoxy?
The Biblical text determines the difference between heresy and orthodoxy. We must separate “right beliefs” from “heretical choices”.
The Importance (and Early Use) of Creeds
Christianity has always been creedal, from the days recorded in the New Testament to the history of the early church.
Articles describing the orthodox, essential claims of the Christian Worldview:
What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of Humans? Five Honest Realities
We need a proper understanding of our human nature so we can have a correct understanding of our spiritual need and a proper appreciation for the grace of God.
What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of God? Two Important Truths
To deny the triune nature of God is to deny the claim of Christianity and to redefine oneself as something other than Christian.
What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of Jesus? Five Critical Claims
The Deity of Christ is a Christian essential. It has been affirmed by believers based on the eyewitness testimony of those who saw Jesus rise from the dead.
What Does Christianity Say About the Holy Spirit? Three Important Attributes
We must understand the personal, distinct and divine nature of this member of the Godhead if we want to properly identify ourselves as Christians
What Does Christianity Say About Salvation? Six Big Questions
Six questions (and answers) demonstrate, the orthodox view of “salvation by faith alone” is the most reasonable inference from the evidence.
What Does the Bible Say About “End Times”? Three Historic Perspectives
It may be interesting to debate eschatological theories with our Christian brothers and sisters, but we shouldn’t allow ourselves to divide over them.
Articles describing the historic heresies related to Christian doctrines:
How Should Christians Respond to Heresy?
God calls His children to study, understand and defend the truth because the truth does matter to God.
Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of Man and the Role of the Church
Over the course of Christian History, many heresies have emerged related to the nature man and the role of the Church.
Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of God the Father (Free Bible Insert)
Over the course of Christian History, many historic heresies have emerged related to the nature of God the Father.
Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of Jesus
Over the course of Christian History, historic heresies have emerged related to the nature of Jesus.
Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of Salvation
Over the course of Christian History, several heresies have emerged related to the nature of Salvation.
These articles are certainly not exhaustive, but are instead written to be an introduction to the important concepts and issues related to Christian orthodoxy. May they begin a journey and guide you to the historic truth claims of Christianity.
For more information about the reliability of the New Testament gospels and the case for Christianity, please read Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. This book teaches readers ten principles of cold-case investigations and applies these strategies to investigate the claims of the gospel authors. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Cold-Case Christianity DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.
J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.
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