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.
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 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 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 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 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.