The Question: What do you believe?
That’s a good question.
I believe first off that there is a God.
I believe in good and evil, not in subjective morality. I believe the world and everything in it was created by God who is good, and that we as humans were created and given free will, and we choose to separate ourselves from God by doing evil. I believe God sent his son to sacrifice himself to bridge that gap we created and give us a chance to make things right with Him again; and that we must accept that sacrifice. I believe God loves us as parents love their children, and that we are called to love one another despite differences and disagreements.
I believe God has instructions on how to follow him and live fulfilled lives on this earth and that he passed on those instructions to his disciples who recorded them in books and letters that were compiled together and form what we now refer to as the Bible. I believe that by reading and studying this book we can learn about God and his will for us and his direction for our lives. I believe the Bible is true and accurate and that it is God’s word passed down to us as humans.
I believe God wants a personal and intimate relationship with each of us, not a distanced, arms-length, aware-but-un-involved relationship. I believe ‘acknowledging God’s existence’ and ‘believing in God‘ are two different things.
I believe God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives and that trying to do His will instead of our own brings about real peace and contentment, as has been my personal experience with God. That experience is also part of the reason why I believe in God.
And that, in the shell of a nut, is what I believe in.
This is one of the most basic and I think common questions we as Christians get asked, and unfortunately one many Christians are not prepared to answer.
Full disclosure, I make NO claims that I know everything, in fact I’d claim the extreme opposite. I may make mistakes in my theology and reasoning and I may misunderstand some biblical references and draw false conclusions, so bear that in mind. This is detailing my personal responses and beliefs and views as I currently understand them. I am not claiming authority on God’s behalf. I’m human, I make mistakes, there may be things in here that are not correct. Please keep that in mind.
I welcome any feedback and correction.