Weightier Matters: Is Our Doctrine More Important Than People?
What Are The weightier matters of our Faith?
How important is doctrinal purity? Many Christians would say that it is almost the most important thing of all. Some assert, “how can we walk with God if we do not accurately know what He wants us to do?” After all, we must earnestly contend for the faith like Timothy, shouldn’t we?
Many believers will not fellowship with other believers because of doctrinal differences. Their beliefs are so important to them that it actually creates division in the body of Christ.
Religious people sometimes say “well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” Likewise, some might assert that you can’t live for God without having correct doctrine and if that brings division it is just the price we pay for believing in the truth.
However, is that really the case? Is it really true that our doctrinal purity is what is most important to God? Is it possible that we focus on the minor while ignoring the weightier matters of our faith?
Purity of heart
I believe what may be more important is the purity of our hearts and actions rather than our theology. If the working out of our theology ends up doing harm, perhaps we need to change our way of thinking. If we blindly follow what we believe even though it prevents us from acting like Christ maybe we are ignoring the weightier areas of our religion.
“And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”
Then Jesus said,
“Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
It is what we do that matters, not just what we believe
In this parable we learn that it is not who believes right but who does right that matters.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
I ask you, “why are people so concerned with doctrinal purity when most do not live up to a fraction of what they believe?” It is like a alcoholic being very careful to only drink the most pure bottled water he can find.
It’s the weightier matters that truly matter
Is not being like Christ is more important than having perfect doctrine? Are not Christians known by what they do? Is it not our actions showing forth judgement, mercy, and faith that define us? Is not one good Samaritan who cares for the wounded better than two doctrinal correct people who don’t?
I have met and been ministered to by all different types of Christians from many different faiths. The common thread they all share is that they showed love and compassion me. The other trait they had in common is that they were Spirit led.
In conclusion, it is good to believe the scriptures to the best of our ability, but let us not allow our beliefs to prevent us from being decent human beings and loving one another as Christ loved us.