TRUTH IS NARROW
Truth is narrow. This is a principle that is easy to see, and most people understand it. Consider an illustration from science. We know that under ordinary conditions, at sea level water freezes at 32 degrees. Suppose a scientist says, “I am very broad in my scientific beliefs. I am not one of you scientific bigots who insist that water freezes at just 32 degrees, and all who think differently are wrong. Just so a man is sincere, it does not matter what he thinks about when water freezes.”
The above attitude would be considered nonsense in science, with no one taking such a person seriously. Yet, attitudes considered nonsense in other fields are considered perfectly acceptable in religion. The attitude exists that truth is relative, and that it does not matter what one believes, providing that sincerity exists. People, according to many, can just believe what they want to about the Bible without any adverse consequences.
With the Bible, as in other fields, truth is narrow, and it is important for us to adhere strictly to its truths. II John 9 points out that if a person does not abide in the doctrine, or teaching, of Christ, he does not have God. Jesus reveals that “ . . . every plant which my heavenly father hath not planted shall be rooted up” (Mt. 15:13). In this passage, He is discussing the Pharisees who were filled with hypocrisy and engaged in false teaching. The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that salvation is only for those who obey the Lord (Heb. 5:9). The way to heaven is even described as “narrow” or “restricted” while the way to hell is described as the “broad” way (Mt. 7:13-14).
When it comes to God’s Word, truth is important. Only “truth” can set us free from sin (Jn. 8:32). It does matter what one believes, teaches, and practices!