How important is it that we understand all doctrines correctly?


1 Timothy 4:16

ESV - 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Because the Bible deals with the most important subject imaginable (the attainment of eternal life), it is essential both that its teachings be correctly understood, and also that that understanding be accurately passed on through teaching.

Although God is an infinite Being whom humans (in my opinion) can (and will) never fully comprehend in this life and age, He has given us (in love and mercy, and as noted by Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16) all the essential information required to spend eternal life in His presence through His inspiration of the Bible (which includes the account of the incarnation, sinless life, atoning death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus), and also through the active, ongoing presence of God the Holy Spirit for the purpose (as Jesus said in John 14:26) of allowing Christians to accurately and validly recall, interpret, apply, and pass on or teach that information.

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Mini Pearce Elliott
I am certain no one will understand "all" doctrines correctly. However, there are doctrines that are essential and there are doctrines that are unessential. 

An example of an essential doctrine is the divinity and humanity of Christ, and his atonement for us. An unessential doctrine is the timing of the rapture (pre, mid, post or any other view). While a wrong view on any of the doctrines can lead to errors, understanding of the basics is essential. 

There is disagreement among good Christians on a variety of things, but not on the essentials of the faith [things like there is one God, the divinity and humanity of Christ, our inability to earn salvation, etc.].

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