All with varying degrees of differences.
All these groups with their ideas of truth.
All these groups with their ideas of what should be believed.
I’m not a conversionist. Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans don’t need to be Baptists but I do have a set of beliefs and I have them because, of course, I think they’re right.
I’ve gotten into some heated, nasty, not very Godly arguments about how decent, upright Godly people should think about these beliefs.
Once in a while I even have a respectful conversation about them.
Over time, through study and reasoning together with my community, some of these beliefs have changed while others have grown more solid.
What I would hope though is that whatever beliefs I choose to cling to or dismiss, I do so because I believe they line up with what Christ believed.
While far from an exhaustive list, I think Jesus believed…
-That all truth was God’s truth
-That he was the Son of God
-In the Holy Spirit
-In the Law
-That it wasn’t his job to decide matters of political governance or judicial law
-That sin is important
-In an upside down world
-In heaven and hell
-In God’s forgiveness
-In being born again
-In the Kingdom of God, both here and there
-In doing the will of his father
-That doing the will of the Father superseded even earthly family designations
-That God holds a special place in his heart for children, orphans, widows and the poor
-That God’s way isn’t always the popular way
-In our ability to forgive
-That what you say is important
-That just because you claim him, that doesn’t mean that you’re “in”
As I struggle with issues in the church such as baptism and communion and atonement,
As I struggle with issues outside the church like separation of church and state, how to react at the death of another..
I would hope that my beliefs fall in line with my example and his idea of what is true.