I know that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144,000 will be saved or that they cannot get blood transfusions. Mormons believe in baptism for the dead and polygamy, although it’s no longer practiced. These beliefs are based on the people who founded those denominations.
But evangelical christians…
The 2 big influences on them (many of them don’t realize) are Martin Luther and John Calvin.
Because they generally lack a centralized governing body that weeds out heresy, they are also heavily influenced by Jansen and Manichaeus.
Why do Evangelical Christians interpret the Bible so literally? Answer: The Holy Bible says what it meant and meant what it said. 2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. The “private interpretation” is commanding us not to try to interpret but take literally word for word. Only the Holy Ghost can lead a man to understand the Truth of the Holy Scriptures. I’m sick of radicals deciding what constitutes righteousness, and then trying to inflict their opinions upon the rest of society because they are ignorant enough to think that they are helping us with their scare tactics. Answer: Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:21-23 (King James Version) 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Evangelical Christians take all of the Bible literally. Faith will do that to you. If you have the faith required, then every word makes sense. If you take Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. How hard is it to understand that verse? As for your last question since he mainly talked to the Gentiles about Christ, I would say that the Apostle Paul had the biggest influence towards Evangelical Christians, even though they take every the whole Bible literally. I am a Christ follower. I have no clue what the definition of a mainline Christian is.
“For example, nowhere in the Bible does it use the words “if you accept Jesus as your personal Savior you will be saved”.”
Uh, how else do you take John 3:16? The part where it says “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” is pretty clear. What else could that possibly mean, but that if you believe in Jesus as your saviour you will be saved?
We don’t need church tradition in order to correctly interpret the Bible. God gives us the Holy Spirit when we get saved. He comes and lives right inside us, and it is with His help that we can understand the Bible. I can’t speak for other Christians but the way I interpret it is to carefully look at the verse or passage and see what it’s saying, and by studying it out. The Bible is much clearer to interpret than people think. I don’t need a bishop or a priest to help me. God helps me! Even the most ignorant person can correctly interpret the Bible, as long as they are saved.
Also, I have to disagree with your conclusion. The Roman Catholic Church has its own version of the Bible that is chock-full of bad doctrine. They are good at interpreting their own version but when it comes to the *real* Bible – the one that actually dates back to Bible times – they don’t do very well. Also, the faith that I hold dates right back to Jesus Christ. There have always been born-again Christians; we existed way before the Catholic Church was started in the fourth century. That “church” does *not* hold a monopoly on being able to read and understand the Bible!
I think it has been a mass deception by those who are using the Bible for their own gain. Especially if you tell people I have the ONLY answer to being saved.
I was told by an Evangelical Christian that because I was Catholic and not born again, I would not be saved. My church taught me that if you practice what Jesus indicated it doesn’t matter what building you worship in.
The Roman Catholic Church is a false Church, it’s antichrist. There’s nothing Christian about it.
Catholic aren’t encouraged to read the Holy Bible because they would find out how anti Christian the RCC actually is if they did.
Leaving your salvation in the hands of wicked men like Popes is very dangerous, on judgement day God will not accept ignorance as a valid excuse for not doing his will.
The Catholic Church is mentioned in the book of Revelation, she is refered to as a Harlot, drunk with the blood of Saints.
I would suggest you look into the accusations that have been made against the RCC, you will be astounded to learn the truth.
They interpret it the way they do to make money.