“According to my philosophy…” is a statement that we too often use to present our ideas on any given subject. Agreed, on many subjects it is a legitimate preface, but not when it concerns how we view Christian principles and Doctrines of the faith.
It is true that the reason we have Denominations within the inclusive boundaries of Christianity, is that we do often see the “truth” presented in Scriptures from different spectrums of the light that is there presented. I doubt that this is of the Spirit of God because I am certain He has the Truth very well put together.
But we are creatures of programming and if our ideas were programmed incorrectly we will not be able to see the correct meaning of the Scripture texts until we read the Word for ourselves and have had the Holy Spirit correct the programs various bits of information with the correct information. It is an action of rewriting bits of the informational source.
I have had this happen several times in my own life. There are things I was taught to believe as a younger Christian that the Scriptures do not support. Those who taught me were doing so in honesty; they would have never knowingly taught me incorrectly. Being the applied student that I have always been, I could not be otherwise programmed except by revelation of the Holy Spirit that came when I was reading the Word of God for myself.
On most of these new or accurate revelations, I placed my hand over my mouth and felt horrified that maybe I had just thought a blasphemy. I told Father that I was sorry if I had seen something incorrectly but please to teach me. In these cases I have learned that the same new understanding I had “seen” was in fact presented throughout the Scriptures.
The problem is not that we act upon and believe what we think is accurate. It is for us to read the Word of God and to learn from the True Teacher, the Holy Spirit.
The problem is that we are too comfortable to act upon the strong feelings we have and in so doing form our own brand of religion calling it Christian, when in fact most or all of it is, “according to my philosophy…”