As I was going over a website last night, I thought to myself, “That seems a little fishy to me. What does this guy believe?”, and I went searching for a statement of faith. As I read it over, I realized that I didn’t have one on my blog and that people might be curious. For this reason, I decided to add one.
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:23)
If my Christian life has had a theme verse, this verse would be it. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that He is God. I believe that He was born of a virgin. I believe He was a miracle worker and perfect teacher who was fully human. I believe that He was tempted in all ways as I have been and yet lived the perfect life without sin. I believe that He died on the cross for my sins and that His shed blood makes me righteous before God the Father. I believe that He rose from the dead and rules at the right hand of God. These beliefs are the foundations of my life and my guiding light. Jesus Christ is God and I want to follow Him and be more like Him.
I believe in the Trinity, the Millennium, the pre-Tribulation Rapture and that the days in Genesis are long periods of time. I believe that natural process evolution is hopelessly incapable of creating the astonishing amount of biological information we find in the biosphere around us, but the evidence that God used naturalistic and evolutionary processes over long periods of time seems overwhelming to me. I don’t know how God created Adam, but many scientists say there is evidence for evolution and naturalistic processes and my theology is compatible with that possibility. I believe in the Spiritual Gifts including tongues, but I believe that many are deceived seeking after spiritual experiences. I believe that Replacement Theology is a demonic deception that led to antisemitism and the Holocaust.
Belief in the inerrancy of Scripture has been a long and hard struggle for me. For many years, the horrific violence and seeming mythological elements of the Old Testament made this belief all but impossible for me, though I had no such qualms concerning the New Testament. For this reason, I followed C.S. Lewis in his belief that portions of the Old Testament represented the “chosen mythology” and did not have to be taken as literal or historical. As I have come to a greater understanding of the Old Testament, however, this attitude has gradually changed. Recently, the teachings of Chuck Missler on prophecy have greatly increased my appreciation for the inspiration of the Bible. Though I wouldn’t go as far as he would, I now believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God.