My Major Doctrinal Issues

I thought it might be best to consider exactly what are my own major doctrinal statements concerning my Christian faith. I have never really been affiliated with any sect, denomination, or any other religious affiliations but, I thought it best to consider what are the “major things” that I have gleaned out of scripture. So, here they are:

1. God created the heavens and the earth: science agrees with this rather than refutes it.

2. God is omniscience, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

3. Jesus was fully God and fully human. Can’t really explain it and I don’t have too, if I could then I would be God.

4. Jesus did exist in history as an actual person.

5. Jesus is a healer; baptizer in the Holy Spirit, and coming King.

6. Love is the greatest commandment: Love of God first, then everyone else

7. Jesus shed his blood for atonement of sins. He is the Savior because of His Sacrifice.

8. Jesus was raised from the dead. History declares this and the resurrection validates Him as Messiah.

9. Salvation alone is obtained through Him. As C.S. Lewis once said, “We know that no man can be saved except through Christ; we do not know that only those who know Him can be saved through Him.” We only know His plans for us that are in relationship with Him, the others, we don’t really know how it will work with them. Hell is not a major issue.

10. The Primary Agent of God on Earth, is the Holy Spirit.

11. The Holy Spirit causes regeneration of the human nature and empowers believers with spiritual gifts as listed in I Corinthians 12.  The Holy Spirit also empowers the five fold ministry of Eph 5.

12. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all who believer in Christ, and this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

13. God’s commandments have a place in the life of a believer, it is up to each individual to determine just how much of a place.

14. The Bible is inspired by God, even if it has issues from the human writers and translators.

15. God desires for all humanity to have a relationship with Him.

Here they are, these are the “major things” of my faith. I think it an error to have an exurbanite list of majors. Smaller list promote individuality and unity.