I have long been careful to not be dogmatic about my Christian faith. My main concern is that it would lead to controversy rather than conversion. It’s true that I believe every tenet of the Bible. I believe it to be the word of God given to man. I believe the creation story to be an accurate account of man’s beginning. I believe there was a worldwide flood caused by God as judgment on man’s evil and all the stories of God and man as recorded within the Old Testament. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God that he was crucified an innocent man, that his death was in my stead to provide me with salvation, and that he was raised from the dead. I believe that all of the New Testament is true. So, why am I restrained when expressing this belief? I am obviously dogmatic about it.
The answer is unequivocally love. Truth shared dogmatically, untempered by love, is as the Apostle Paul declared in I Corinthians 13:1, “a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”. He goes on to remind us that “Love is patient; love is kind, Love is not boastful, not proud, not rude, and not self-seeking. Incorporating the characteristics of love, when sharing my faith, certainly makes it more effective. It’s not about me being right. It is about sharing with another the life changing experience that I have found. Their reception of the message is in God’s hands. Only God can change the heart. I am the messenger, but the message is God’s.