“I BELIEVE” is more like a stated opinion than an admission of what a person considers to be truth these days.
Pluralism teaches that there can be more than two kinds of ultimate realities. Christianity takes an exclusive position on truth not such a silly outlook on life.
There is only one God and one truth.
We live in a day where it seems everyone is entitled to their opinion but where no one knows what is right from wrong.
On the other hand we have entire groups who base their fellowship on what that group believes-but they are usually side issues-they are marginal not cardinal. Groups for years have taken sections of the Bible where they attempt to make a distinctive of one doctrine: prophecy, worship styles, dress codes, baptism in water or the baptism in the Spirit and even diet. I do not mean to be uncharitable, but in most of those instances they make other Christians either sub-Christian or refuse to call them Christians at all.
That is why I espouse to the apostles creed. It helps me avoidsconfusion and produces a unity based on scripture rather than just warm, cuddly feelings.
“The oldest usage of the term “Rule of Faith” (regula fidei), now commonly given to the Scriptures, has reference to this creed.” (James Orr).
I base my fellowship with other Christians on the Apostles Creed. The Apostles Creed teaches what Christians everywhere no matter their denomination should believe or accept as true. These are truths at the heart of the Christian faith. This way I do not compromise the scriptures and do not fellowship at the lowest common denominator. Dodd comments,
“The Apostles’ Creed is a declaration of things which are most surely believed among us, and its several parts or articles are founded upon the contents of Scripture, which is our one rule of faith. It does not begin with the words I think or I know, but with the statement “I believe.” “Belief” is used in various senses, but here it means the assent of the mind and heart to the doctrines expressed in the Creed. When we repeat the form we declare that we accept and adopt all the statements which it covers.”
What do you believe?
You say, I believe in God.”
I believe in “The Bible.
Or you say, ” In Jesus.”
But which God are you referring to? What is the Bible and what does it teach and what does it say about Jesus?
The Apostles Creed has the basic summary for all Christians to accept as truth.
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