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II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

If we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, it would be reasonable to expect that God would have some standard by which we must be judged. But what is that standard?

In John 18, Pilate asked Jesus the timeless question, "What is truth?" I believe he asked this question because he was seeking something solid, beyond the mere "sinking sand" of the pagan Roman faith in which there was no certainty that what he believed was absolutely correct. He was looking for truth.

Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. John 18:38

If we are to be judged by the truth of God's Word, whose interpretation of God's Word should we use? Even on this forum questions are often targeted at particular denominations instead of towards the whole of Christendom. I was recently encouraged by someone in their answer to a separate question " consult the approved biblical commentary of your preferred religious organization". And I understand the rationale behind targeting some questions in that way.

On the other hand, I am concerned, as I believe any Christian should be, about this final judgment, and especially about how we will be judged. If we will be judged by God's Word that has been recorded in the Bible, then whose interpretation will be used? In 1900 there were an estimated 1600 denominations; by the year 2000 the list had risen to 43,000, and many have beliefs that some regard as barely Christian. The differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants (generalized) alone are many cases extreme.

To narrow the question as much as possible: if we will be judged by God's Word, how do we know whose interpretation to follow? Does the interpretation just not matter? If we will be judged by some other standard, please elaborate and describe. If we will not be judged at all, explain.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Caleb Feb 21 '14 at 22:45

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Okay the canned close reason is a little off here because obviously the ultimate answer to this question isn't going to be man's opinion. But that doen't make it a suitable question for this site. See this post on meta for an explanation of how we are using this close reason on this site. Then figure out how to edit this question to be about Christianity rather than about ultimate truth. You need some "according to" or "what does x teach about" type scoping. We can only answer for extant teachings of organized religion, not for truth. – Caleb Feb 21 '14 at 22:49
Thanks for that meta link; I probably should pay more attention to the meta site than I have been. – Bob Black Feb 22 '14 at 3:50
Try this meta post to help you out further. – fredsbend Feb 22 '14 at 5:28
After reading the relevant meta posts, I will not be rewording the question. Either open it to receive answers or proceed with closure. I understand the reasoning behind the formula you're using to determine when to close questions. – Bob Black Feb 23 '14 at 2:39

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