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Heresy originally meant a having a choice, or making a choice, but in relation to religion it has come to mean holding and propounding an opinion contrary to official church teaching. A Mediaeval English scholar Robert Grosseteste defined it: "Heresy is an opinion chosen by human perception contrary to Holy Scripture, publicly avowed, and obstinately defended".

The apostle Paul, on trial before the Roman governor, said concerning his beliefs: "However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of The Way, which they call a sect [KJV: "heresy"]. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked." (Acts 24:14-15).

Some Jews believed in the resurrection, others did not. To those that did not the resurrection was heresy. Today, most churches judge heresy not against the teaching of the Bible, but against their own doctrines, expressed in their creeds. If creeds differ from Scripture either by error or omission, then in that respect the creeds are heretical, as Paul proclaimed with regard to Jewish beliefs in his day.

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