There is a significant segment of our society that believes it does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere. If you believe there is a God of some sort and that He loves you, everything else is pretty irrelevant. This could not be further from the truth as recent news reports confirm.
1. Muslims attack US Embassies and Kill An Ambassador
Story at (and many others): http://fxn.ws/UJz6bX
These events alone should cause people to pause and reconsider the idea that what you believe doesn’t matter. It is glaringly obvious that millions who follow the Islamic doctrine are violent, even murderous, and filled with hate. They believe Mohammed is God’s great prophet and that all infidels must either convert or die. Their belief leads them to action.
2. Teen Dies Of Appendicitis After Parents Try To Pray Away His Illness
Story at: http://bit.ly/PSxDzO
Many people believe miracles still exist. There are entire denominations built on this idea (United Pentecostal, Church of God, Assembly of God, etc.). Some even purposely take up snakes in an attempt to show their faith and, if bitten, believe they will miraculously be healed. Yet, we see reports where they die from a snake bite (http://bit.ly/LI3eS4). Still, the Bible teaches miracles are a thing of the past (1 Cor. 13).
In the case of the teen dying of appendicitis or the snake-handling preacher passing away from a rattle-snake bite, it is literally a case of doctrinal error killing people. Religious error harms people.
A Greater Harm
Worse than the deaths of people, and much worse than riots, is the fact that error condemns souls to hell (Heb. 10:26-31). People will be lost eternally, will suffer without end, because they believe and practice the lie (2 Thes. 2:9-12).
What are we to do?
We need to be like the Psalmist and declare, “Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (Psa. 119:104). Let us strive to tear down the citadels of error and pluck up false doctrine from the minds of men (2 Cor. 10:3-5). And, resist the allure to accept that doctrinal beliefs really don’t matter.