I believe in one God, eternally existing in three facets or natures at once: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is both singular and multiple. I believe in the truth and accuracy of the original writings of the Old Testament (Tanakh) and the New Testament (Bri’t Chadashah) Scriptures, that they were inspired directly by God (YHWH or Yahweh). Our heavenly Father is the supreme and final Authority in faith and in life.
I believe that Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach)
In the beginning, the Word was God
While Jesus walked the earth He was in nature, and in the form of, God; He was made in human likeness and was in appearance as a man who, with incomprehensible humility, died on a cross
The essence of sin is pridefully substituting ourselves for God and doing things our own way, rather than obeying God’s laws and commandments. On the contrary, the essence of salvation is accepting God’s authority, letting Him free us from our bondage to sin, and allowing Him to control our lives, now and forever. In the form of Jesus, on the cross, He took upon Himself the sins of mankind by paying the ultimate price for mankind’s disobedience, defiance and insubordination to Him.
The eternal God is “the first and the last”
I believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and in His bodily ascension into heaven after forty days
I believe that
It is vitally important to follow and obey God’s eternal Commandments, Precepts, and Instructions, as well as to have an ongoing relationship and communion with Him. By doing so, we have the greatest likelihood of receiving blessings and protection from God in our lives. Whoever claims to live in God must walk as Jesus did
I believe that the first man, Adam, was created in the “image” of God; however, Adam and Eve sinned. Because they sinned, they incurred upon mankind, as a whole, not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. As such, all people are born in the “image” of Adam and Eve. Thus, we must be spiritually “reborn” from above to begin our journey of being restored into the original “image” of God.
I believe that whereas the first man—Adam—was imperfect, the “second man”—the Lord Jesus Christ—was/is perfect (see first and last Adam). Jesus came the first time to die for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous
I was baptized in a Baptist Church when I was young. I believe that it is very important for a person to be baptized, by water immersion, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
However, I do not believe that water baptism is an essential and indispensable requirement for eternal salvation. For instance, a person who truly and sincerely has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and who understands that Jesus’ blood was shed for the remission, absolution and forgiveness of sins, will be saved even if he/she dies before being baptized.
For decades, I have not attached myself to any particular denomination. Too many kids are raised in churches where they are told that the main thing they must do is to focus on and adhere to the doctrines, dogmas and creeds of their church. However, people who are not encouraged to read the Bible and not taught how to love and obey God/Jesus—the solid foundations on which their faith should be built—are more likely to stop going to church and to fall away from their faith later in life.
I believe that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
Yet, we all can choose to be born as children of God
By being born again, we accept Jesus’ shed blood as the only purification from our sins
As such, we no longer are children of Adam; rather, we are delivered from our deadly, sinful natures and have become living, productive children of God. However, all who do not receive, by faith, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach), as Lord and Savior, are destined for eternal destruction and separation from the presence of God
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