Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
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Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Some opinions you hold for years, without ever questioning the foundation for your beliefs. That was certainly true of my view of how to develop sound doctrine. It was absolutely clear to me that I was to use my mind to think about the Scriptures, reading them, studying them, memorizing them, and collating them into systems of truth that made sense to me. The result of this cognitive analysis would undoubtedly be sound doctrine. This process is so common and accepted that for many years I never stopped to question it. There didn't seem to be any possibility that it wasn't the right methodology. However, I am now convinced that it is a deceptive course, for it results in man's knowledge, based on man's ability and man's perspective, which is often formed in man's culture. the Bible is even clear to speak against this process, warning, "Lean not to your own understanding, [but] in all your ways acknowledge Him..." for His thoughts are higher than your thoughts and His ways higher than your ways (Prov. 3:5 and Is. 55:9).