I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Here, at the CSL house, we had a very nice Jewish Christmas. With that said, here is the next post about The Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
I am not an inclusionist; I am an exclusionist. Once you say “I believe X,” you exclude A, B, C, D, E and F.
I believe Jesus is the Son of God. I believe He came to earth to die for the sins of mankind, including mine. I believe that He was raised from the dead on the third day, and that He ascended into heaven. I believe that He will come again, at the end of this age, as Savior, Redeemer and Judge.
Many Christians find a particular verse that speaks a core truth to them, that serves as an organizing thought for their lives. For them, this becomes their “Life Verse.” For me, that verse is John 6:68:
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Back in the 70’s, I went through a period in my early Christianity when I began to doubt the claims of the Bible. I was being taught by a professor at Old Dominion University that the Bible was man-made, and fallible. But after a time, I thought, “Is God able to be trusted? Is the life of a Christian better than a life lived as a non-Christian?” Finally I came to the point of decision.
I am not smarter than God. My professor is not smarter than God. The Bible presents the best hope for life, both here and in eternity. (Did I say “best hope”? I mean “only”, of course.) I decided that I believe in God the Creator, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, MY Lord.
The Indian hymn, “I Have Decided”, attributed to Sadhu Sundar Singh, says it all.