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What I Believe

This post is designed to be a confession of what I believe. Everything in here represents what I believe Scripture says. As time goes on, I will probably be doing many changes and updates, so please, feel free to disagree. Since this is what I believe Scripture says, let’s begin with the authority of Scripture.

Scripture

The Bible is the Word of God. It was written by men under the influence of the Holy Spirit, writing the inerrant truth of God. As the Word of God, Scripture is the truth of God, and has no mistakes in it. The Bible is also final, with no other book able to add to or supersede it.

God

God is a Trinity. He is one God, yet three separate Persons. God the Father is the Yahweh of the Old Testament, the Creator, the Lord of History. God the Son is the Sacrifice, the High Priest, and our Salvation. God the Holy Spirit is the Counselor and Guide while we walk on this earth.

Man

Man was created in God’s image, able to choose to follow or disobey Him. We have an inherent ability to choose our path, yet the choices we make are affected by the Fall. We are unable to save ourselves, and unable to do anything without God to help us. Sin is the reason for this problem.

Sin

Sin is anything that falls short of God’s standard. Anything that is not what God would have us do is sin, and as such, is punishable only by separation from the pure and stainless God. Unless paid for, sin causes us to want that kind of existence. Salvation is the only cure.

Salvation

Salvation is only by the blood of Christ. There is no way to God except by the saving grace of His blood. Only God can make this available to us, and only God can complete the work of redemption. Salvation is absolutely necessary for a life with Him in Heaven, instead of one without Him in Hell.

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell are the only options for the afterlife. There is no Purgatory, and no reincarnation. Heaven and Hell are eternal. They will never disappear, nor will anyone in them be moved from one to the other. The joy of Heaven and anguish of Hell are determined by the respective presence and absence of God.

Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan is a character in the book (now a movie) The Great Gatsby. He is the epiphany of hypocrisy, carrying on an open affair while simultaneously denouncing interracial marriage. He claims that the “inferior” races will eventually overrun the world, but when asked to prove it, he says that a book he read said so, and proved it by Science. The whole time, he is carrying on an affair that is so open, his lover calls him in the middle of dinner to demand that he see her the next day. He hates the word “hulking”, but when someone talks too much for his liking, he shows the applicability of that word, and breaks their nose. He also shows us the blindness of hypocrisy, since he sees himself as the last defender of righteousness. This seems amusing, until we realize that this was written in the 1920s, meaning that the problems we see in our government today were foreseen nearly a century ago. What I am about to say is not an attack or defense of one side or the other, but a view of the whole system. With that being said, let’s look at the example. Recently, our President has admitted that millions of people will be unable to keep their insurance, even though he made repeated promises that they would be able to keep whatever insurance they wanted. I am not attacking this specific instance, but I do wish to point out that his followers are very quick to defend him, saying that he misspoke. The other side is just as quick to attack him, saying that he has repeatedly lied to the Americans about his policies. My point is that neither side is correct. Both sides have made similar promises in the past (such as “read my lips: no new taxes”), and neither has been very good about doing what they promised. Their hypocrisy is just like Tom Buchanan’s, and was denounced by Christ (“Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No). The problem is not with one side or the other, but with human nature in general. Until the power of Christ renews the minds and hearts of men, they will be doing the same thing. Let us pray that the day will come quickly, and continue to request His help in defending ourselves from the sin of hypocrisy.

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