We are Bible-believing Christians.We believe God created the world to be perfect in seven 24 hour days. We believe that all humanity fell into sin and suffering when Adam ate the fruit in the garden. We believe that the Old Testament is a factual, historical document. We believe that God destroyed the earth with a world-wide flood and re-populated it through the saved ones on the ark. We believe that Jesus, literally, walked the earth 2000 years ago with His disciples who wrote most of the New Testament. We believe Jesus was conceived by a virgin and the Holy Spirit and was the Son of God. We believe that Jesus was crucified by the Romans, under God's will, to be the perfect and sinless sacrifice it would take to redeem a fallen humanity. We believe that Jesus rose again on the 3rd day proving His power over sin and death and was seen resurrected by 500 eyewitnesses. We believe that atonement from sin and eternal life is found in Jesus Christ alone.
What we believeGod is loving, holy, righteous, omniscient, omnipresent, and the creator of all things. God exists in three persons : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now that you know God's character, it will help you understand your need. He created us to glorify and enjoy Him, but through one man (Adam) sin entered the world. This made us unable to join a perfect and holy God. God giving us free-will had a plan from the beginning to save humanity from our sinful nature. We have to stand before a righteous, holy God and be accountable for every lie, lustful thought, covetous desire, and other sinful thoughts/actions. A righteous and just God will not accept our "good deeds" to bribe Him out of our punishment. God being rich in mercy, sent His only Son (Jesus Christ) to die for us, since like a criminal in a court, there was nothing we can do to pay for our sin. We must repent (turn) from our sins and put our full trust in Jesus to be saved. Once we cry out in true repentance to Him, then you will be given a new heart with new desires to live a life that wants to please Him (this is what is called being born again). Not a perfect life, but one growing towards holiness.
We all have the desire for "Justice to be Served" when it comes to being wronged or others being wronged. The amazing part is that when it comes to us being guilty we either feel we are really not that bad or say there needs to be mercy. There is mercy, if you truly, sincerely cry out to Jesus who paid the penalty for you.
John Piper (Desiring God) puts it this way:The death of Christ is the
wisdom of God by which the
love of God saves sinners from the
wrath of God and all the while upholds and demonstrates
the righteousness of God.
The Bible mentions those who feel this message is foolish."For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18
There are many that will deny God, because of their desire to be accountable to no one."Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts" 2 Peter 3:3
“In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” Jude 1:18
Many will say you can't be intellectual and believe in God.However, the faith it takes to believe in nothing exploding and creating amazing complexity is far more of a reach then the belief that God through His power and wisdom created everything. This isn't just our belief, many scientists with PhD's in their respective fields have found evidence for creation. See Answers in Genesis.
" For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time wasdestroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men."2 Peter 3:3-7
All this being said because the most unloving thing is to not warn others of the coming judgement and the mercy that has been sent to you if you will respond in repentance and trust in Jesus Christ alone.
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posted by Brian
Soli Deo gloria - Glory to God alone