This is a question I attempted to answer in a talk I gave for the Gospel at the Center webcast presented by The Gospel Project.
Three key points from the talk:
- Because doctrine unites God’s people, our disagreements with one another must be marked by humility.
- Because doctrine divides us from unbelievers, our disagreements with them must be characterized by compassion
- Because doctrine delights God’s people, our disagreements with a desire for God to be glorified.
One core idea:
The knowledge we have about God doesn’t put a limit on our relationship with Him. It doesn’t put Him in a box. Instead, it does the opposite. The more we know about God, and the more we discover how much more there is to know, the more we delight—because our relationship with Him is so much deeper.