“In the beginning, God is,” is my philosophy. ‘God is’ are two important words. Before the earth, God is. It is not merely bad grammar but an attempt to explain God’s entity outside time. He is not bound by time; time is bound by Him. In the same way, the laws of the universe do not control God, but they are at His disposal, which is why miracles should not be so surprising. If we ask the God who controls every thing to act on our behalf—the God we believe loves us—should we be surprised when He does so?
I believe that God created the heavens and the earth in seven literal days. I believe He created man in His own image. Therefore, our purpose is to be like Him. Moreover, we owe Him all the honor and glory which He deserves. However, we cannot give Him the glory to which He is worthy, for we would have to worship Him eternally, and our frail bodies are not capable of such. Furthermore, we are a selfish, imperfect people, incapable of living as the Lord does, and we are damned to eternal punishment in hell.
The Lord did not let the story end, however. He sent His son, the perfection of His wisdom, to earth as a man. His son, Jesus, faced the trials and temptations we face, and fought hunger and poverty as we do. Yet, in the weakness of flesh, the strength of His Spirit did not waver, and He lived sinlessly for thirty-three years before He was crucified at the hands of the men and women He came to save. Jesus rose again after three days, and hundreds of men and women saw Him before He ascended to the heavens, promising to come back a final time to resurrect the dead and bring His people to a new heaven and earth.
I believe that Jesus Himself is God. John 1 begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.”
In John 8:58, Jesus says, “before Abraham was even born, I Am!”
This is a direct reference to Exodus 3:14, where the Lord refers to Himself as ‘I Am.’ Jesus is, thus, claiming to be God. If He is not God, then Jesus is a liar, and is not a good moral teacher. Jesus is either God or fraud; I believe the former.
I believe that we have one life on earth, which will determine our eternal future. To what have we been called? We cannot fulfill the law, but Jesus fulfilled the law; now we must have faith in Him. We must share the gospel to who have not heard (Matthew 28:16-29). We are commanded to help those less fortunate than us, and if we do not, Jesus considers the offense to Himself (Matthew 25:31-46).
Nothing is wrong in its own right. There is nothing that, on its own, is evil. It is the perversion of these things—the misuse of good—that is evil. A stick is not evil, yet it can be used for evil purposes.
Not every one will go to heaven. Although God loves everyone, and wishes for all men to be redeemed, He is a just God, and if they refuse grace, He will not force it upon them.
I believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnitempus (throughout all time at the same time). I believe that we should give every thing to God. Though we may give Him every thing, He will give us Himself, which is so much more. I believe that God is.