What should we believe?
When examining the historic biblical Christian faith, there is no better place to start than with what C.S. Lewis called “Mere Christianity.” Mere Christianity is that which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all.” What beliefs have Christians always held for 2,000 years? Well, here they are…
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died and buried:
He descended to the dead:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit
The holy catholic (Christian) church:
The communion of the saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And life everlasting. Amen
The universal church has spoken that these are their beliefs. And I say, “Mine too!”
You might say, “Well Isaac, where is the statement on the Bible in the Creed?” My answer is that the Creed assumes a very high view of the Scriptures. The Creed’s teachings are in the Bible. However, for clarity sake, here is my view.
My view of the Bible, as well as that of the historical Christian church, is that just as Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly Man, the Bible is both truly the product of God and of man. I wholeheartedly believe in the inspiration of all Scripture.
Although Christians have the freedom to approach culture in varying ways I go with an ancient model. There are other avenues to get people thinking about God than using the Bible alone. Things like logic and evidence are common tools between the society and the Church.
My approach is the same as the Apostle Paul’s, “I become all things to all people so that I might by all means save everyone” (1 Corinthians 9:22). To the Jews Paul used the Old Testament (Acts 17:2-3), to the Greeks Paul used Greek literature (Acts 17:23, 28), to the Romans Paul used Roman categories of speech (Acts 26). As Christians, our approach is benefited by remembering who we are trying to reach.
Not only am I following the example of the great Apostle Paul, I am living the command from the Apostle Peter who told all Christians to “Be prepared to give an answer/defense for the hope that you have within you to everyone who asks you for the reason” (1 Peter 3:15). Peter never said, “Quote Scripture till they are converted.” Instead, he told us to provide an answer.
That is what I am doing. I hope more follow in his footsteps (See 1 Corinthians 11:1).