After all of this I've come to several reasons to be cautious when it comes to reading material other than the bible.
1. When I meet my Savior, I don't think he's going to say "Lexi, you should have spent more time reading Christian "theology" books, you missed out on so much." The ONLY reason I'm getting into heaven is because Jesus died for me and by God's grace He allows me to be with him for eternity.
2. I am still growing in my faith, if I'm reading a book, it should be the Bible, as its inspired by God and is his letter to me that answers everything he deemed necessary for me to know. The books I read outside of the Bible help me in my relationship with him, they don't confuse me with doctrine and theology that doesn't aid my faith in God and they don't confuse me. I already give the enemy enough to work with, I don't need to give him more opportunity to mess with me.
3. If a nation wide network (MSNBC) is going to ask a Christian to be on the show to discuss the new book, red flags are popping up. Some people don't like to hear they're not going to heaven through only One Way, of course, they're going to eat up the message that suggests Christians have had it wrong. (I have since found out that the interviewer is a Christian, but that was something someone told me so I don't know for sure for sure).
4. While it is wise to KNOW what you believe and have a doctrine of faith, I strongly believe it is okay to acknowledge that I won't know or have all the answers just because I'm a Christian. There are some things I won't know, and I'd rather get to know Jesus and His word rather than stress about things that are really up to God: and He doesn't need my input. The Bible speaks of feeding the poor, loving God and my neighbor more than myself and trusting in Him: He doesn't say spend your life having the answer to every question, he said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Theology makes my head spin and I don't hold it above my faith. Because in the end it's my acceptance of God's Son that matters.... not my theology.
What saddens me, is people will buy what is being sold to them because they trust that someone who, for a living, researches and debates the "issues", MUST know what he's talking about.
On my dts I was encouraged to question. Questions are good, and I know God wants to give me understanding (Proverbs 2:1-5), but questions can be dangerous: especially if you're leading people away from Jesus (Matthew 18:6) and pushing doctrine that is not biblical.
Anyone who is trying to make Jesus' death OBSOLETE, is someone I am weary of. I don't need anyone but Jesus leading and guiding me and I get that leadership and guidance when I read HIS WORD, not when someone points out what may or may not be true. God is my truth. His grace is the answer.
God is complicated and messy, he made decisions I don't comprehend (sending Jesus for me is one of them!) and I know I am incapable of wrapping my mind around Him or his ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) but it is in HIM that I place my trust, and it is His wisdom I believe in. 1 Samuel 16:7
I won't let myself be led astray by man, but I will allow myself to be swept away by Him