Falsehood has at least 10 major characteristics you can test for and prove, whether it's a falsehood in politics, science, religion or.. Bible. False Doctrine always:
1. Maligns God's Character.
2. Stresses or glorifies man.
3. Betrays incompetent (Bible) 'scholarship'.
4. Obeys the 3 Temptations of Matt4, REVERSING what Bible actually says in the verse(s) claimed for support.
5. Claims to be the 'one true faith' version -- and you're bad, if you're not in it.
6. Appeals to the 'respectability' of the human claimant (i.e., how popular, charismatic or how many degrees the person has).
7. Justifies itself by appeal to other PEOPLE who are likewise respectable, rather than to Bible (hearsay/ ex cathedra claims).
8. Is POPULAR. This discourages checking the claims via Bible.
9. Appeals to emotion or intellect, in lieu of Bible in context.
10. Fails Common Sense.
Bible mistranslation, misinterpretation, and misteaching also follows these 10 characteristics, every time.
YOU are responsible to audit what you believe, before the Lord -- Who you ASK, for Proof, and then You Study Bible To Find the Answers. Else, you won't get them. Else, you'll hallucinate the answers and call them 'from God.' Fooling, only yourself.
Satan is behind all falsehood, whether secular or spiritual, and the amazing thing is he advertises it. Satan's way of advertising his involvement is summarized in brainout.net/SatStrat.htm .
Satan can't afford for us to know the truth, that's why Bible's been persecuted its entire life (i.e., torn to shreds, missing, lost, confiscated and sequestered within a generation or two of the books being written).
Belief depends on learning, so of course we'll all be wrong about something, no big deal. So God will correct us, If We Ask. But if we don't, He won't. Your self-worth is neither increased nor diminished due to what you believe. But your happiness is sure affected. And, your ability to comprehend, read, speak. Falsehood rots the brain. Just read some of the reactionary comments to this video or the Islam videos.
By contrast, you grow Spiritually If You Audit Everything, using 1Jn1:9 (if needed) as you do it.. so get cracking!
File Name: FalseDoctrine.wmv, 4/28/08.