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The Bible

The Bible or as some say The Holy Scriptures this book (best selling book in all history) is the cornerstone to Christianity’s entire faith.  Christians base all they believe and do off of what the Bible states.   There are many different interpretations of different passages but in the end anyone who is a believer in Jesus falls back on what the Bible says.

The Bible is a compilation of 66 books (some are letters) and they were written by about 40 authors.  It starts at the beginning of time and shows Gods interaction with mankind through out history.  It gives Christian the basis for living their life 

The standard Christian (though not all encompassing) belief is that the Bible is inerrant (incapable of being wrong).   The traditional Christian believes that not only is the Bible morally inerrant but is also historically inerrant.  They use archeology as well has studies of ancient text to prove the historical accuracy of the Bible.   Through out the years there has been much debate within the Christian realm as well as with those outside of the Christian realm about the accuracy and the historicity of the Bible.   Christians think this is important because they base their entire spiritual beings off of what the Bible says.   Christians do have a caveat in the Bible though,  they believe you can never prove everything to an exact science and the reason for this is Faith.   Traditionally, Christians believe that God wants us to have faith so that folks have to make up their own minds and not have something so absolutely proven that there is no need to make up ones mind on what to believe.  

A good illustration would be a chair.  When we sit in a chair we do not have to gain faith to sit in the chair.  We just sit.  We know the chair will do its job.  Even if a chair breaks we do not stop sitting in chairs we automatically believe that the next chair we sit in will work like it is supposed to.    The belief that the chair will work takes no faith.  It is automatic because it is known through repeated generations that chairs work.  There are scientific principles in play that prove that chairs work and we do not need to prove it any further then we have.  God on the other hand does not want folks to have such a way with Him.  He wants folks to have faith and believe.  He has given things to look at and see as evidentiary but not enough to be so absolute as the chair is.  The Bible says with out Faith we can not please God.  The largest piece that God gave everyone for our help in believing is the Bible.

As Christians the Bible has the very words of God in it.  Christians believe that the Bible was wholly (every dotted “i” and crossed “t”) from God.  Christians call this “Inspired Word of God”.   What is meant by the term inspired is that God (using his Spirit) inspires man to write and through God’s ability to control all things in time and space He is able to make sure what is being written stays exactly how He wants it to be.   Christians do not traditionally believe that when someone was writing the Bible that they became robots where God possesses them and makes them write the exact words He wants.   God illumines the mind in order that the writer may be able to write with some understanding (even though it may not be full understanding) what God wants.

This will also be a more in depth discussion in the Systematic Theology section once I start on that.

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Who is God? (per the Bible)

My series, Basic Christian Beliefs, is written for those who are Christian but do not have the basic concepts down. They can learn as well as those who are not Christian but would like to know the basic concepts of Christianity.  I am trying to keep it simple and basic.  I do love it when folks ask questions or comment on something (as everyone does) but disagreements I am saving to when I am done with Basic Christian Beliefs and into Systematic Theology.  That will be fun.  This article is going to be short.  I will write one much more in depth on who God is in the Systematic Theology category.  I want to paint a picture of the basic concept of who God is.

In the Bible you will find that God has many names usually reflecting attributes of Him.  They use these different names largely because they thought His name (I Am) was to holy to use flippantly.  So they came up with a more generic name God and they added to that many descriptives.  The essence of who God is on the basic level is simple.

Gen 1.  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

We see God as Creator of everything.   John 1 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  We believe that with out God nothing was made that is.

1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

We believe that God is Love.  He is the embodiment of  what love is.  Please read 1 Corithians 13 to see how God defines what absolute love is.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5  “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

God wants a personal relationship with us in fact he wants one so much that He sent His only son Jesus the Christ to earth to die for us.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

In other words God has gone to great lengths to create an opportunity to have a relationship with us.

Matthew 26:28  for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

God forgives.  In fact each time we take communion we remember His forgiveness.  We remember the sacrifice that His son did so that we are able to get forgiveness.

How we as Christians view God is He is not bound by time in fact He is outside of time and sees all of time as one piece and can interact with it as He wills (He created time).  Through prayer we are able to know God and interact with Him on a personal basis.

I know this is short please if you have any questions or comments leave them.  This topic could and has filled many a book consider this the cliff notes version.  Thanks all and God Bless.

Series: Basic Christian Beliefs: Intro

English: A cross close to the church in Grense...

English: A cross close to the church in Grense Jakobselv, Norway. Suomi: Risti kirkon lähellä Vuoremijoella, Norjassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am starting a small series.  I would like to have great discussion with the hope that if this goes well then the concepts vetted here can be published in a book format with the intended audience to be non-Christians who are interested in understanding Christianity in its simplest form.

I want to create a small easy to read book for someone who wants to learn about Christianity with out the Christian lingo in it but it expressly states the basic beliefs of all Christians. Lets work towards this goal.

I am thinking of these few topics (I want to keep the list short) faith, forgiveness, love, hope, grace, mercy.  This is all.  Please if you disagree with me say so in the discussion area below.  I want to fine tune this prior to moving on.  You will notice that I am not talking about Christ or about if God exist.  Those topics are worthy of great discussion but that is for a different series.  I am making certain assumptions and here they are:

  1. God exist
  2. Jesus is God
  3. Bible is with out error

If you do not believe this then I am sorry this particular series is for those who do and though I eventually will have those discussions this particular series is not the place.  Thanks all and God Bless.