Jean Daillé on errors in fundamental and lesser matters

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... For as the truths which we are to believe are not all of equal importance, some being esteemed fundamental and so absolutely requisite, that a man cannot come to the kingdom of heaven if he be ignorant of them; others being profitable, yet not so necessary but that a man may without the knowledge of them serve God and enjoy salvation: so it is with errors, Some are pernicious and no way consistent with a true piety; others are less hurtful and do not necessarily draw in men to perdition. ...

As for example, if one should think that he were bound to worship the Sun. (For seeing the Sun is a creature, and those who worship creatures have no portion in the kingdom of heaven.) ‘Tis evident that he who hath such an opinion cannot attain eternal happiness. And ’tis so with all other errours which overthrow any of the first, necessary, and fundamental articles of Christian religion. But the error of those, who believed of old, That the Church shall continue a thousand years (or some long time) with J[esus] Christ upon earth after the resurrection, is no way repugnant to piety towards God, or charity towards our Neighbour, nor doth it directly overthrow any of the foundations of the Gospel; Though it be in my opinion contrary to divers passages of S[aint] Paul and scarce consonant to the nature of Christ’s Kingdom. ...

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