I believe in what historic Christianity has taught for nearly 2,000 years. There have always been plenty of people who profess to believe the same thing, but have not let their lives reflect their claimed beliefs. Jesus of the Bible is full of mercy and compassion, unlike many who say they follow him. He didn't condone sin, but also didn't condemn sinners - He offered forgiveness and mercy at every turn. The only people Jesus blasted in the Gospels were the extremely religious leaders who He compared to 'whitewashed tombstones.'
That being said, my core beliefs in God are reflected in the Nicene Creed, as follows.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Good topic! To be honest, I have no idea .
I'm always wondering if he is testing us on earth, I'm always wondering if he is forgiving, I'm always wondering if he is truly as nice as we think he is (perhaps he put us on earth to just bug us), I'm always wondering if me saying such a thing will make him angry, etc. Loads of questions but no answers . I guess I just can't really answer what he is, maybe I could try "he will remain a mystery until I die"
God is nothing to me. There are so many things that do NOT make sense and many people ask questions and get pretty generic response at least in my experience. Things like "You don't need to understand" or "Don't question God." I think we should always ask as many questions as we can. I am not trying to offend anyone merely putting out my beliefs.
I don't believe in bullying people into believing in one all knowing God. In my opinion, that is what the Christians have done. "Believe in what I believe in or die!" Really? My deities are not in a building, and they hear me where ever I am. I believe in the old ways. Yes, I would have been hung for my beliefs back in the day. Only a "Christian" can be a Satanist, since Satan is purely a Christian concept. Satan didn't exist until Christianity became prominent.
Blessed be and merry meet. Do what thy will, but harm none.
I think Jack Torrance invented that computer option.
But it is true. Religion is a mystery to me. I've been raised religiously partly (reformed), but while God scared the living hell out of me as a kid (I was so afraid even THINKING a blasphemous word would garantue me a place in hell), as an adult I can't see how people can honestly believe in a higher being that created everything and now looks down on it all from 'somewhere'. I know a lot of people believe it, but I just can't understand HOW they can without the slightest bit of 'evidence'. Life is a complete mess, imo, good people die, bad people live and harm others - it makes no sense at all.
I'd rather avoid the subject altogether, but I had just watched 'The Invention of Lying' that time.