Statement of Faith
Each person’s relationship with God is complex, certainly more complex than I will describe my own here in these few short lines. I am writing this to let new readers get a quick understanding of my faith. Over time on this blog, I expect I will bit by bit reveal more of that. But for now, this will do.
I am a Christian, believing in Jesus Christ as God’s one and only son, and that he came to save us. This means I believe that when I die, I get to be with Jesus in Heaven. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The Christian Bible is the primary text I use to learn more about God. While I also read other books, I believe the Bible contains God’s words to us, and as such, is the resource I turn to when I have questions of a spiritual nature. In my experience, and as its own witness, the Bible is living and able to speak to me in whatever situation I am in if I seek out its answers. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
I believe the God of the Bible is pure love. When in doubt, I can hold up a situation to what I know about pure love in order to make a decision. 1 John 4: 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love). 1 Corinthians, 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes. Always perseveres. Love never fails.
I believe we are all works in progress. We are not already perfect, and we are all on our own journey and we can’t skip any part of that journey to arrive at a more perfect place. If we do this, we are merely faking it, and we will come crashing down at some point. The speed at which we travel on this journey depends upon how and how much we let God operate in our lives. (More on this later)
I believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as being one but also separate characters. They are very interesting—no—they are fascinating characters, and a constant source of awe for me. John 10:30 (Jesus speaking) I and the Father are one. John 15:26 (Jesus speaking) But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
I believe God sent the Holy Spirit here after Jesus left Earth, and he is a flowing stream of comfort, teachings, wisdom and conversation. I, personally, wouldn’t know how I’d believe in God without him. John 14:16-17 (Jesus speaking) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
I suppose there’s more I believe, but these points are a good start. I turned to Jesus for the first time at the age of five, just old enough to understand that God had a son, Jesus, who died for us and if we accept him into our hearts, we get to go to heaven. At that age, that’s all I needed to know to be convinced that this was a pretty good deal. I wish I could be that simple for the rest of my life, but I’m also thankful that I have a mind that questions and wants to understand more.
I also know that even though I was only five, I really did make a true commitment back then, because it never left me—the desire to live for God and with God never left me even when I TRIED to willfully turn my back on him. He was with me wherever I went and wouldn’t give up on me. There were times I was angry at him and told him to go away, I wanted nothing to do with him. I treated him dreadfully during those times. But he STILL never left me.
I’m so glad he didn’t. I am so thankful for that.
God, bless the people who read this.