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When a person views a matter as being "important" or "unimportant," why is this a reflection of his personal values?

shorter, designed for the instruction of children, consisted of 107 Questions and Answers.

The Swiss family of Reformed standards includes the First Helvetic Confession, written in 1536; the 0Second Helvetic Confession in 1566, aimed to unite Zwinglianism and Calvinism; and the Helvetic Confession in 1675.

While these catechisms and confessions miss the personal pronoun approach of the Heidelberg Catechism, they teach the same truths and serve as clear, orthodox doctrinal standards.

    "I believe that doctrine and doctrinal standards do more harm than good," Mike stated one evening when discussing this topic at the dinner table. "Church people argue over the smallest things; they can become upset over the tiniest differences. If people believe in the Bible and are sincere, that is enough."

    "Mike, in a certain way you are correct, but in another way you are not," his father replied. "There are situations when church people have severely argued over matters which are purely custom or preference -matters that are not points of biblical truth. But doctrine means God's truth, biblical truth; and our doctrinal standards summarize scriptural truth, not matters of personal preference. If we value God's truth we must be concerned about it, that it is not altered, even in the 'smallest' ways."

    "But, why do people get so excited over such little things sometimes?"


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