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A View from the Altar / Speculation and doctrine
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Speculation and doctrine

Jesus never laughed, so we shouldn’t either.  At least that’s what one preacher taught this morning.  One of the attenders thought it was idiotic, which it was.

1.  Christians, preachers in particular, must distinguish between doctrine and speculation.  The pulpit is a suitable place for doctrine.  Speculation should be reserved for times when you’re sitting around with a friend just shootin’ the bull.

2.  The preacher is mistaken in his statement that “Jesus never laughed.”  It is correct to say that the Bible does not mention Jesus laughing.  It is invalid to conclude from that omission that he never did.

3.  The preacher’s conclusion (we shouldn’t laugh) is also invalid.  Jesus never used a cell phone, either, but that can’t be used as a basis for saying Christians ought to avoid it.

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