Do I believe what I profess?

This question came to mind last night as I attempted to drift off to sleep: Do I believe what I profess?  As I live in a nation that is considered to be Christian by many, but with less than 51% aligning themselves with a Christian affiliation (this includes Protestant, Catholic,  Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and many other ‘Christian’ denominations), (and only 9% of Americans have stated that religion is the most important thing in their life). Along with the knowledge that many people who call themselves Christian have never stepped foot in a church nor opened their Bibles, what do I mean when I call myself Christian?  Do I truly believe what it means to be Christian? Do I truly believe in the power of God and His written Word?

Yes. This is what I believe:

    1. God- (in Hebrew it is YHWH or Yahweh) is the Creator of the world and the universe as well as everything in between (Genesis 1 and 2; Job 38:1-8; Psalm 8:3-9; Psalm 24:1-2; Psalm 104:14-30; Isaiah 42:5)
    2. Man was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 & 27)
    3. Man is inherently evil, because of the Fall of Man (where Adam and Eve disobeyed God when they were told not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). We are not born good, but rather in the need of salvation. (Genesis 3, also can be seen in Abel’s murder by his brother Cain in Genesis 4; Romans 3:10& 23)
    4. Because of man’s sin, we are separated from God, who is holy and cannot tolerate sin (Isaiah 59:2; Habakkuk 1:13)
    5. Eternal death is the penalty of that separation from God. Because God is a just and holy God, He must punish every sin. (Romans 6:23)
    6. Humans cannot work for their salvation nor fix that relationship with God by ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 4:1-5)
    7. God loved us so much that He sent His Son (Jesus Christ) to die for us (John 3:16)
    8. The Messiah- Jesus Christ- was born of a virgin to fulfill certain prophecies (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20)
    9. While man was still sinful, Christ, who was sinless, died for us so that our separation from God will be repaired, and we could have eternal life rather than eternal death. (Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:18)
    10.  Christ is the ONLY way to repair our broken relationship with God. By accepting Christ’s sacrificial death upon the cross as well as His resurrection three days later, I call Christ Lord. (Romans 10:9-13)
    11. Because of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our relationship is restored with God the Father. We accept Jesus’ death as payment for our sins and our slate is wiped clean. (Romans 5:1; 8:1)
    12. I am a sinner, I accept that Christ alone can save me from eternal death.
    13. Through Christ’s death, my relationship is fixed with God the Father, and Christ the Son left the Holy Spirit to guide His people.
    14. There are two commands that Christ left His people to follow, and I attempt with all my heart, soul, and mind to complete these tasks: ‘Love the Lord you God with all heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).” and “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19 & 20)”.

This is what I believe, wholeheartedly and without shame, I announce this to the world. This is what I believe being Christian means. It is not a label, it is not a ‘religion’ rather it is a life change. I want people to look at me and see God’s reflection. I want to run full force after God’s heart and shower upon people the blessings and grace that can be found being covered in Christ’s blood.

Romans 1:16- I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Mark 8:38– If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.

So- you might wonder. Do I believe what I profess? Yes. I am a Christian.

Do you believe what you profess to the world?

Side Note: I believe that there is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit– I don’t know how to truly explain it without muddying the waters though, some things you have to take on faith. (also I believe that if anyone tells you they  understand the Trinity completely, run the other way!)

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7 thoughts on “Do I believe what I profess?

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  3. Hi. Thanks for your reply. I understand what you mean when you talk about not fathoming an existence without the perceived existence of a higher being or power. To me that would come very naturally from an involvement in religious thinking for long amounts of time. Personally the struggles of life have actually become far easier since I became an atheist! But I guess it’s a subjective thing. Thanks for your time and consideration.

    • Larry- Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I am not an apologetics student nor do I have a extremely strong understanding of theology. Though I have been in Bible college and Seminary for a total of 6 years now, these types of questions can be studied for years. If it is ok, I will answer you on a personal level? Personally, the reason that I chose YAHWEH to follow is the fact that- it is not what I can do for God to be saved. Rather, it is all about what God did for me. I have studied various other religions over the course of the last 10 to 15 years. I can even admit freely, that if I hadn’t chosen YAHWEH when I was 14, I could have seen myself as a practicing Wiccan within at least 2 years of that time (The ‘Do Harm to None’ law appealed to me as well as working with the earth).
      When I went to church with my family on a Christmas Eve service, I realized that this is what I was searching for. YEHWAH is the only god that was reaching after me, willing to sacrifice for me. All other gods (according to their followers’ sacred writings) created laws, obstacles and hoops that I had to jump through- to POSSIBLY be blessed, to POSSIBLY have a good afterlife. But, if I displeased the god by some form of unknown way, I would have to buy back his/her good favor. (I hope that makes sense?)
      YEHWAH is the only one who died for me. Not because I asked, but because He loved me (and all humanity) so much that He was willing to do anything to fix the relationship with me. That spoke volumes to me. All I had to do was accept that sacrifice.
      Because of accepting that sacrifice, I have become a better person. Yes, I still sin. But, I have an eagerness to set things straight and seek forgiveness. This is why I know ‘God is right and not Allah or Vishnu’ as your question asked.
      I hope that makes sense?
      This is just me, speaking from my heart.

      • Yes, that makes sense, and thanks very much for your detailed reply. Respect to you for your honesty. I suppose I find it hard when some people claim that “Allah is the only God and all who disagree will go to Hell”. How do they make such a broad, un-backed up claim with no evidence? Do they not realize religious belief correlates with geographical location, and the way they’re brought up? This is just one of the struggles I encounter as an atheist.

        I’m pleased that you have given far more thought into your religion than far more other people, and respect you for that. Thanks again for making things clearer.

      • Your willingness to discuss religion even if you personally do not believe in it, is great to see. I will admit that I have a hard time understanding atheism. I can understand what might lead someone to accept another religion, but atheism is confusing to me. For me personally, I can’t think of a world where I don’t believe in something greater than me. It is such a great relief to me to know that there is Someone out there who is guiding me, watching over me, loving me. Because of my belief I strive to become a better person who shows the love of the God I worship to those around me. Whether they share that belief or not. As the Greatest Commandment says– Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. There is no caveat to it.
        Thanks for a great discussion though Larry. It has made me stretch myself!

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