- Clarence Oddbody, AS2, It's a Wonderful Life
What are the essential Christian doctrines? I'll define "essential" by saying it's anything that, if missed, would cease to be normal to true Christian life and belief in any real sense.
- Belief in God
- Belief in Christ's deity and humanity
- Belief in the gospel as explained in 1 Cor. 15:3 & 4
What else? I hesitate to say belief in the Trinity because believing implies a basic comprehension of something believed, and I would think that most Christians don't have a basic comprehension of Trinitarian theology.
I also hesitate to say baptism, though it's difficult to find an example of a non-baptized Christian in the New Testament (thief on the cross excepted).
What am I missing? Is there something on my list that doesn't belong? This is all just off the top of my head. In other words, this isn't a very well thought out post. :-)
Another thought: in Hebrews 6 the author says that the "foundation" is "repentance from dead works," "faith toward God," "baptisms," "laying on of hands," "resurrection of the dead," and "eternal judgement."
I can see the "foundational" nature of the other things on Hebrews' list, but in what sense is laying on of hands foundational? Does anyone teach that?
This is just some stuff to chew on and discuss, if anyone's interested.