Too often various beliefs are bundled in with Christianity that are not requisite to salvation or correct doctrine. If a particular belief is not strongly supported in Holy Writ, or is built around a particular interpretation of a few vague verses (ie: a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, a overly literal interpretation of Revelations, the strict 24-hr. Creation, etc), then it cannot be held to be essential to Faith in Christ. Further, if a viewpoint has historically not been held by the orthodox Church, its validity is in question. For this we turn to the writings of the early Church Fathers, and the commonly accepted creeds.
I am beginning a series of short essays on this theme, analyzing and rejecting extraneous concepts that have culturally burdened Christianity. As appropriate to the month, my first topic, later this week, will be on why Jesus is NOT the "Reason for the Season."
Til then, for your enjoyment, the incomparable Eddie Izzard.