Can bad doctrine send you to Hell?

nodenom's picture

The few assembled on this forum are proof enough that Roman Catholics and Protestants and Mormons and JW's will never agree on certain points of doctrine. In fact within each denomination, you will also find disagreement.
This comes as no surprise since we are all still pretty messed up people. A large percentage of confessing 'christians' still suffer the same troubles as non christians as we play out our own little dramas we think important.

Now the question "how much wrong doctrine, dogma etc. must we embrace to lose our salvation"? In fact, can we lose our salvation by embracing wrong doctrine or do we just put ourselves in danger of never seeing the full life Christ has provided manifesting in our lives?

Will we ever see 'His kingdom come and His will being done' or will we just play our pitiful little parts on this stage and never see what could have been?

michael_legna's picture

Here are a couple independent sources

I am not denying that some individuals were treated in a way that we today would consider torture. But those were different times and the methodology of governments was very different. I would not even justify the abuses when they did occur, and would agree with Dan that belief cannot be forced on someone.

My point though is that the numbers most Protestants are taught are clearly out of the realm of reality. For instance Boettner claimed 50 million killed in the Inquisition!!!

A more independent and accurate estimate is given -

Larousse Dictionary of World History page 455 Inquisition
“A contemporary estimated that in its first 10 years it burnt 2000 people and punished 15000 others.” (refering to the Spanish Inquisition which was by far the bloodiest of the Inquisitions and was done by the secular government of Spain over the protests of the Catholic Church)

Even Henry Charles Lea, the first major American Inquisition historian and no fan of the Catholic Church, says of the calculations of victims:

"There is no question that the number of these has been greatly exaggerated in popular belief, an exaggeration to which Llorente has largely contributed by his absurd method of computation...." (Lea, volume 4, page 517)

Lea calls Llorente's guess-work "reckless" and "entirely fallacious."

(Note: Llorente was a Catholic Bishop who is often quoted by Protestants as representing the RCC position).

"....the Spanish Inquisition, in spite of wildly inflated estimates of the numbers of its victims, acted with considerable restraint in inflicting the death penalty, far more restraint than was demonstrated in secular tribunals elsewhere in Europe that dealt with the same kinds of offenses. The best estimate is that around 3000 death sentences were carried out in Spain by Inquisitorial verdict between 1550 and 1800, a far smaller number than that in comparable secular courts." (Inquisition, page 87, by Edward Peters (The Free Press/Macmillan, 1988 [Univ of CA Press, 1989])