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?

Tolerance and freedom to choose -> Gospel truth to the heart

For neutral i offer

St. Augustine gave a somewhat reluctant approval to action by the state against heretics, but the church generally disapproved of coercion and physical penalties.

The Inquisition properly so called did not come into existence until 1231, with the constitution Excommunicamus of Pope Gregory IX. By his action the pope lessened the bishops' responsibility for orthodoxy, placed inquisitors under the special jurisdiction of the papacy, and established severe penalties

In 1252 Pope Innocent IV, under the influence of the revival of Roman law, officially sanctioned the use of torture to extract the truth from suspects. Until then, this procedure was alien to the canonical tradition.

The most severe penalty the inquisitors could themselves impose was life imprisonment. Thus, when the inquisitors handed a guilty person over to civil authorities, it was tantamount to a demand for that person's execution.

Comment: so the Church didnt directly kill anyone but we (pre reformation so this isnt directed at RCC) but we handed people over to civil authorities. However, these civil authorities were ordered to exact civil punishment on heretics as enemies of the state. This forced the dominant doctrine (whether catholic, lutheran or reformed depending on the time/area of the world) on people and subjugated people to religious tyranny. That is, until the nations of the world started insisting on a separation of state from established religion. Now, people are free in most countries to read the Bible for themselves and obey the doctrine that they receive, not what is forced on them on pain of "discipline"