Statement of Belief

It's a little daunting to think about writing a one page blog that sums up one's system of believe.  But much of this blog, because it is a reflection of our lives, touches on our spiritual understandings.  I strive every day to glorify God.  Every day I fail.  And every day I fall on the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ.  I think that Jesus' life was the best example of how to live a life centered on love.  I believe that God desires for us to know Him as well as He knows us (which is pretty well... I mean, He did make us and all....) and that like any relationship that requires a lot of work.  My faith is always changing, always growing, always developing.  I have days when I am angry at God.  I have days when I feel distant from God.  I have days when I am overwhelmed with God's goodness to me, His faithfulness to me, and His willingness to not give up on me.  I am frustrated by the Christians in this world who have given Christianity a bad reputation.  And if you ever want to know more about what I think, or why, I'll have a conversation with you.  I don't claim to have all the answers.  I think God is okay with asking the same questions over and over and loves for us to wonder.  So, that's what I do.

And for some more theologically profound words, here is the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
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