Do you believe in anything for sure?
Evidently, my acknowledgement of the vast differences among “believers” and the acceptance of “mystery” in many aspects of the faith has thrown some of you for a loop.
I’m glad it has.
Maybe now we can have some honest discussions.
Let me answer the question first.
I affirm without reservation the early creeds of the church (The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed).
These are the “non-negotiables” of the faith.
All “orthodox” Christians have believed all these things at all times in Christian history.
All orthodox Christians believe them today.
As the centuries have passed and we have divided into thousands of different sects, those doctrines are still the foundation of the faith.
As we have divided our sects have also built different doctrinal structures on top of that foundation.
We have endlessly enumerated our differences as doctrine and cultures have developed.
My group has a structure which I also affirm, “The Thirty Nine Articles of the Faith”.
Typically for Anglicans, we interpret those differently among ourselves…
My affirmation of my sects beliefs are not hills that I will die on as being the last word of the one, true, church.
They are my best understanding of the Christian faith at this point in my life.
The question we need to ask is “what does it mean to be a Christian in the first place”?
For me, it means that one knows and is known by Jesus Christ and has been received by Him into the family of faith.
Someone who has been “saved”, if you must.
This is where the problems start…
I know people in dozens of different sects that hold to different (and often contradictory) doctrines who know Jesus.
They are Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Charismatics, Eastern Orthodox, and some have no affiliation at all.
They’re all “Christians”.
They all (whether they know it or not) hold to those non negotiable doctrines of the early creeds and confessions.
Thus, my conclusion is that while doctrine is important, knowing Jesus is everything.
We are all wrong about some things, but if you’re “right” about Jesus , you’re family.
It’s all about Jesus.
Now you know what I believe…