Rather than post a list of scriptures I adhere to, I thought I’d speak more about what I’m particularly passionate about. Sure, I believe in the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments.) I ascribe to the denominational beliefs of the Church of God. But everyone has something about the Bible they’re passionate about, and I think that would serve as a better ground to get to know me.
- I believe in Jesus. I believe he is one and the same with God the Father (of the Hebrew Bible)–though we call him the Son. I believe he sent his Holy Spirit to come and simultaneously dwell in the heart of each believer after his death and resurrection. I believe that these three–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost–are one and the same, just as each human being is three in one–mind, body, and spirit. But the Lord our God is one, and He alone should we worship. The God of Moses (God the Father) placed His seed in a plain, devout Jewish woman and was born into our world as a man of flesh and blood (God the Son—the same Deity but in a different role), yet 100% God–and this blameless, sinless God-man was slaughtered much the same as an innocent lamb would have been in the days of Moses in order to pay for a man’s sins…but this One was slaughtered as a criminal (though he was without fault) because he proclaimed to be God. In doing so, his executioners unintentionally fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible, or Christian Old Testament), making his shed blood the ultimate atonement for the sins of any man today willing by faith to receive it in ransom for his own sins. I believe the one who expresses such faith becomes saved from the very literal pit of hell that the devil and his angels have been using as a platform to wage every resentful attack on the Jews (and the world) throughout history, using ignorant men and women who–once they come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ–stand to be gripped at heart and convicted before the Almighty to repent in full abandon of their old hatred toward His Son, and are subsequently enveloped and swept away into a passionate love relationship with the very Man they had also been guilty of crucifying at heart…the Man whose love and compassion toward all men caused him to remain fixed on that cross and undeservingly die in their place, despite having had the power to call on legions of angels to come to his rescue and wipe out all his aggressors. He didn’t stop them, and *that* is love. “We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” (Romans 5:7-8 MSG) That Spirit of love (God the Spirit, the third role of God—altogether known as the Trinity) is the One who comes and enters and revolutionizes and empowers the heart of the man (Jewish, Iranian, American, Venezuelan, or whatever) who allows Him in. This is done by accepting the Son of God in your heart as your Savior and heavenly Lord (King). Henceforth you can live a life of victory over your Earthly troubles, dwell in the true Biblical context of love towards your neighbor, receive true revelation when reading Scripture, and gain deeper spiritual discernment and political wisdom when interpreting world events. It is then that you come to see that the battle between good and evil began innocently in the garden of Eden (present day Iraq), continued through the many wars recorded in the Bible between Israel and its neighboring agressors, and extends through the present day out until the time of Jesus’ prophesied Second Coming (any day now.) Only He, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, is able and Biblically authorized to bring lasting peace to our international conflicts. But I believe we are not called to idly sit by waiting for his physical return to get that peace started. Rather we are to go as his ambassadors into all nations, as he himself charged us, discipling them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- I believe in the Christian Bible, which is where unfortunately Christians and Jews traditionally part, because it is the very Christian doctrine of faith in Jesus Christ that there are powers and principalities (i.e., powerful evil spirits) working hard to discredit–stirring up the Muslim community to make manipulative assertions and make Christians seem like the bad guys, complicating the religious panorama by plagiarizing and distorting the Jewish and Christian Bibles, and using plain terror tactics to cause confusion and despair–all in order to distract the Jewish nation and the world from receiving the promise of their salvation….something which, for all people, I believe is found only in Jesus Christ, the curiously humble Fulfiller of all small and great prophecies found in the Hebrew Bible (the Jewish Tanakh, which Christians now call the Old Testament.)
- I believe in teaching men, women, and children a solid foundation in Biblical principles and to live in expectation of the fulfillment of God’s promises for their lives, particularly the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit per 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (speaking in other tongues, the interpretation of tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge beyond our scope, words of wisdom beyond our years, discernment of spirits, divine healing of diseases, miracle-working power, and supernatural faith). These spectacular displays of God’s restorative power may be selectively bestowed by the Spirit of God on believers that have allowed the Spirit to transform their character inwardly, with outward evidences of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- I believe in the restoration of the Church and the mandated participation (per Hebrews 10:25) of each believer in a local assembly regardless of denomination. I believe in the five-fold development of Church leadership (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, per Ephesians 4:11) for the edification of the same. I believe in allowing each member of the Church to naturally expose his/her God-given gifts and appreciating them as essential members regardless of rank or position. “If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)
- I believe love is God–not an emotion, as the world merely considers it. Emotions fade. But love is eternal. This explains a woman’s disappointment when her mate dumps her. We’re wired to expect relationships to last forever. But on Earth it seems almost none do. And those relationships that do last marvel us greatly–a marvelling that is the very essence of worship, for what we contemplate as we see that couple is God Himself. Now He designed the two sexes for mutual affection, a shadow/type/example of Himself and the corporate body of believers on Earth: He is the stronger, and we are the weaker; He inseminates us with knowledge/wisdom/ideas, and we give birth to them in the form of teachings/decisions/inventions. It’s an on-going romance that has been going on through the ages between God and each generation of men–a dance between the lover and the beloved–explaining the sanctity of marriage and the natural order of the family unit. But Lucifer, the first and most beautiful [yet fallen] angel whose place in God’s heart humanity took, has only sought resentfully and relentlessly to corrupt and destroy our design because in doing so he seeks to lay us up in God’s eyes as the unfaithful, unfruitful, undeserving bride–so that He might divorce us. And yet He doesn’t because He loves us so and believes each of us can return to him up until the time of our death. Thereafter, the choice we’ve made in life becomes an eternal expression of what we decided to do about God’s Son, the figure who embodies God’s ultimate expression of His love toward us.
- I believe (obviously now) that there is a devil–well many devils, the leader of which is Satan, a.k.a. Lucifer–but that we give him too much credit for the trouble in our lives. We ourselves are our greatest enemies because, individually, we tend to revel in our own oneness and free will and easily get carried away into activities that make us feel good about ourselves without God’s participation. Hence the temptation of homosexuality, among all the other sins we are one way or another guilty of. Not necessarily does what feels good lead us to worship God, but the focus of our desires does transfer over to the person of Jesus as we seek the cleansing and purification of our corrupted minds by the power of his Holy Ghost. And the Holy Ghost’s scrubbing of our tainted minds is made effective only through the reading/hearing of his Word (the Bible).
- I believe in defending Israel as the Christian worldview demands that we do. Our nation (and the world’s) education system largely dismisses the importance of Israel in world history and the value of end-time prophecies. They treat Israel as any other little nation when history in fact proves that something larger than life has been taking place there. This information is not found in the mainstream textbooks. In my worldview, the defense and restoration of Israel is integral to world history–regardless of who was used to bring about justice there. America, for example, is the current instrument God is using to set things straight in the Middle East, although as a people we’re chock full of heinous, sinful behaviors–many of which may unfortunately be the ones for which we will be remembered decades later. For example, it has been stated that our country is responsible for over 50 million abortions since 1973, and almost twice as many people died from abortion in 2002 as from heart disease–the second-place cause. That speaks of how frivolous and barbaric we have been as a country towards human life in general, and may unfortunately override the memories of the good things we’ve done decades down the line. Still, I choose to praise and encourage America for its courageous defense of Israel throughout history. Conversely, I am disappointed at the antagonistic Middle Eastern countries and their international allies (such as those in Europe) and the independent, multinational activists who have chosen to war against Israel throughout the ages with words and sticks and stones–going so far as Iran’s Ahmadinejad who denies the very historical validity of the Jewish claim to that land and even proclaims that the Jewish Holocaust did not happen. The rift between the Muslim world and the Christians originates from this very issue: that Israel is the rightful heir to that piece of land. You’d think someone could have given up and backed off after centuries of fighting, or that some larger empire could have just conquered and successfully redistributed the land among those smaller Middle Eastern countries to bring about peace, or that today’s diplomats could speak some sense into all those warring tribes given the highly regarded level of civility and political correctness we’ve developed in the 21st century–but no! Because in the deeper scheme of things this is not simply a battle between flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. In the Christian worldview, the Muslim invasion of Palestine has polarized people of all nations due to the deep, indwelling love or offense each individual takes in Christ. I think it doesn’t take a religious person to note how unjust the Middle Eastern (and the world’s) persecution of Israel has been over the centuries, and even an atheist can sense a deep spiritual agitation (deeper than mere issues of the mind) at the bottom of this.