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It's funny that we never involve 'experts' when it comes to matters of religion, because... there are some. They're called Theologians. If you want a historical view on matters of religion, you consult a Theologian. Even Herod was smart enough, when confronted with the Magi, to have someone open the Scriptures to find out where the King of the Jews was going to be born.
Religious organizations should be subjected to a simple historical orthodoxy test. There is a LONG record of course corrections by the church -- and by that I mean The church, not churches -- that have left us with an established, orderly, orthodox ['straight opinion'] Theology. If tomorrow I wanted to start the Church of Ed, claim that only 16 of us are going to be saved, and insist that we don't need to use medical doctors, I should expect to have my creed evaluated by experts. If it fails to meet the historical criteria of what a Christian church is (and isn't), then no freedoms for me, no protections, no place to hide if my child dies.
I know it's cultural heresy to say such a thing, because everyone wants to be their own Theologian, but you could, if you wanted to save time, take my word for it that there is nothing in the Bible that forbids the assistance of doctors, or lawyers, or policemen, or farmers, or bankers, or tax collectors, etc.
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