[I’m salvaging older works… for new thought here]
It is getting to be more painfully apparent of the need for us to see (historically) the reasons our faith (the christian faith) stands strongly in the face of the world as a whole. I’m not suggesting we draw away from the Bible (the word of God) but would have you see what things have been created from the beliefs told us in the Bible… throughout human history. It is the prevailing thought here that God alone (the Father, Jesus and the holy Spirit) is to be the emphasis of the reason we share what we will here. If you have a different faith than mine… you are welcome to open discussion so I might: share the reasons I believe differently than you, state why you feel as you do or tell me of the bad experience you had to make you feel the way you do now. Please do not think you will be accepted for your beliefs but you will be accepted as a fellow human being with beliefs that are counter to what I might understand (if your belief is not of one holding to the words and thoughts contained in the Bible). The following is a couple abstracts from A History of Christian Doctrine, by William Greenough Thayer Shedd, and from the Preface.
[The history of Christian doctrine thus conceived and composed is one of the strongest of all defences of the Christian faith. It is a common remark, that a powerful statement is a powerful argument. This is true of the dogmas of Christianity.]
and this one…
[Christianity is, ultimately, its own best defence. The argument of a holy and beautiful life, it is universally conceded, is unanswerable; and so is the argument of a profound and homogeneous system. At a time when the divine origin and authority of the Christian religion are disputed and combatted with more than ordinary violence, it is seasonable to introduce the opponent to the Christian dogmas themselves, in the very act and process of their scientific construction.]
If you do not wish to view the lengthly pages listed above… suffice it to say condensed reasons can be further found in Liturgies, such as The Nicene Creed, The Apostle’s Creed or any of the others so found… please look here for an exhaustive source of many more. I do hope if you are a believer (and you find time) you’ll look into a few of the things here, and if you are not… you might like to look into some of these as a chance to gain an insight into why a christian believes as he/she does. (D.V.)
As a believer in Jesus Christ,
P.S. I see this as an unveiling of ‘the greatest truths’ man has learned from the christian experience. I also understand the truest sense of christianity comes by way of following Jesus, and to be a follower of Jesus may place us (at times) in contention with some of those that make the claim they are christians. At times like this I believe it best to pray, to gain the insight and understanding we will need to say what it is that might be on the heart of the Spirit within us– this is closer to walking in the spirit and not what man says we should do by: doctrinal explanation, Creed, Liturgical teaching or denominational stance. When I’m referring to myself being a christian is to say I know christianity is to: allow the Spirit in my own heart and allow Jesus Christ (through the holy Spirit) work through me, know He will be the one to be seen through my own action given to glorify God (Jesus… my LORD and Savior), see my personal relationship with God is possible (in reality… the very reason God is a personal God) and know my own growth (and the growth of others) is what matters here. At the base of christianity is the cornerstone (Jesus Christ), and from this knowledge is Jesus found to be much more than a mere prophet, teacher or other construct of man’s imagination… but God Himself. In the red letter version of the Bible (where the words of Jesus are highlighted) is, when understood, to read,“Come and follow me,” a plain directive to the importance of Jesus as head of the church… and not the legalism churches tend to get wrapped up in over denominational differences. The bottom line is if a church has not Jesus it should not be called christian to begin with. May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be made manifest in your life.