Over the years I’ve been asked many times what I “believe.”
I think that I’ve been fairly clear in my writing how I understand my relationship with God. I consider myself a “progressive Christian.” However, that’s a broad term. There are times when it’s worthwhile summarizing; if not for others, then for oneself.
Here then, in four simple points, is my faith statement. If it resonates with you, I hope that you will share it with others and even take the time to comment on it.
Is the Bible history?
No. The Bible is mythos. It is more than history. Its Truth is not in any way dependent on its historical accuracy. That doesn’t mean that its “fiction.” Nor does it mean that nothing in it happened in history. It simply means that the value of the Bible as sacred text is not affected by whether or not the events within it ever took place.
Is Jesus the Son of God?
Yes. But …
The Gospel writers have Jesus explicitly and forcefully make the distinction between himself and Theos (the word we translate as “God.”) Bill Phipps, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, once said that Jesus is “all of God that we can understand.” That too is a good distinction to keep in mind.
Is Christianity about “salvation”?
No. It is about realizing that we are inseverably one with God. And then understanding the implications of that for how God calls us to act in our daily lives.
What is the Message of the Christ?
When challenged by the legalists, Jesus said the the Greatest Commandment is to love – to be in a mutual, agapé relationship with –God and to love one another in the way exemplified by Jesus in the Gospels. Once we accept that as the underlying principle of our faith, we can spend the rest of our lives trying to live up to the incredible, eternal promise that it embodies.
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