This is a post that helps you reflect on whether your doctrine is making you sick. But you should know a couple of things before I explore that.
First of all, I am not going to tell you in this post what you should believe. You probably wouldn’t listen to me anyhow (and good for you). But even if you would listen to me, it is not my place to tell you what to believe.
Second, what I want to do instead is to invite you to consider if your doctrine is making you sick. And, if you believe it is, I invite you to consider something you can do about this.
First, let’s define the word doctrine.
A doctrine is some system or set of beliefs that someone holds as a part of a religion, a political group, or some other group. It is also important to note that your particular doctrine is always an interpretation of the doctrines of whatever group you belong to.
For instance, you may belong to a group that has a healthy, life-giving set of beliefs, but you can interpret them in a way that makes you sick. The sickness of which I speak can be emotional or spiritual. It may be physical in some cases, too.
But I am more interested here in doctrines that lead to emotional and spiritual sickness. I am also going to focus primarily on religious doctrine (although I will mention political doctrines briefly at the end, too).
Here is a simple hypothesis I have about doctrine: Any doctrine should help you to cultivate a more loving and meaningful relationship with yourself and with others.
Loving relationships are relationships that affirm and nurture what is good in us while working to heal what is diseased and deformed.