Luk 1:1 "For as much as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,"
Those things most surely believed among us, is what we call doctrine. Please understand that any system of belief, whether true or false, is doctrine, but for this article, we are considering Biblical doctrine. Without doctrine, we have no solid scriptural knowledge. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles. These principles and truths are recorded only in the Bible. We never establish our beliefs from books written by men about the Bible, but by the truths taught in the Word of God. Jesus said in John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. We find also in Psalms 119:89 Thy word, O Lord, is forever settled in heaven. That simply means that if what I believe does not line up with the Bible, then it is not biblical truth. Whether I accept the truth or reject the truth does not change the truth because it is settled. Notice the following verses; Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. To get the true meaning of scripture, one must study it in the context it was written in and compare it to other scripture related to the same subject. Please see Isa. 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: The doctrine I want to discuss will take at least two articles, possibly more to cover in a knowledgeable way. I ask everyone reading this article to consider Gen. 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Also, compare it with Heb. 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not taste death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. If God could translate Enoch from this world to the next without dying, could he not do the same at the rapture? That's my subject next time.