19 Aug 2014

Statement of Faith

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Many churches and religious organizations have written a statement of faith that they put on their website and pamphlets. If the leadership of those organizations wish to display their statements of faith, it is perfectly appropriate for them to do so. It shows the website visitors and prospective members what the leaders of that organization considers important.

However, requiring prospective and active members to have the same beliefs is not proper or appropriate. The Statement of faith is a statement about the Organization's leadership, not about the members. As a side note, many businesses have a "Code of Coduct" for their employees. I think that is entirely appropriate. You can reasonably require certain conduct and behavior of people involved with a business, church, or organization. But it is not proper or right to try to force everyone to believe the same way that you do. Beliefs are individual things, and rightly so. When people are genuine and honest, and really think about what they believe, then you will find that people have a wide range of beliefs.

As for myself, I put very little importance of a Statement of Faith. This is a man-made contrivance. I will never sign someone else's "Statement of Faith" If you want to know about my faith, look and see how I live my life, how I treat my wife, my family, my friends, my clients, etc.. How I truly live my life is my genuine "statement" of my faith, not some words that I write or speak.

However, for those who want to know what I believe about specific topics, here is a list of pages that I have written on this website for you to look at.

  1. God
  2. The Word of God
  3. The Bible
  4. The Scriptures
  5. Does the Bible claim to be the Word of God?
  6. The Spirit
  7. Living “In The Spirit”
  8. The Law and the Spirit
  9. Religion
  10. A Religious Skeptic
  11. What is Salvation
  12. Is Hell Real?
  13. The Concept of Satan
  14. Fighting Evil
  15. Character Development

 

 

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