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If I were to describe my own position within the Christian family I would say this:
I am conservative in most areas of doctrine and place a heavy emphasis on the literal interpretation of Scripture because that would have been the natural way for early Christians to have understood it. They would have read it or had it read to them. They did not have the exhaustive references and tools and centuries of academic enquiry to draw upon that we have to day. Any interpretation was made by the apostles and immediate disciples that were close to the original meanings and teacher, Our Lord Jesus.
I have this notion that God would not lead his people astray intentionally by having ambiguous unclear writing in the Canon of Scripture.
They were closer to the original tongues and texts than we are today, had a more spiritually open mindset and lived in a period on earth when a God seemed like a reasonable entity to exist and believe in.
A balance is needed between the scholarship and accuracy of the intervening translations and the world settings in which that occurred. An understanding of the early churches politicisation and the influence of the Roman Catholic tradition on our modern practices is needed.
The Reformation and its impact and the personalities that resided in those times further colours and influences the churches that grew out of that period.
The modern, post-modern and all secular thought systems coming out of these periods up until the present has created a hostile environment for Christianity and it is challenged on all sides by liberal scholarship and luke warm faith.
I haven’t found the perfect church that seems to have all the answers and practices exactly what it preaches. I suspect it will never happen, simply because of our flawed humanity.
What I have found is that the church that I attend is made up of individuals – all flawed like myself. Its strength only comes from its degree of maintaining the core principals set out by Lord Jesus. Moments of magnificence and wonder will happen that confirm the Lord’s presence. Words will resonate and actions will speak of Love and Truth.
Our anchor in all this is our own council with Christ in prayer and in reading a good translation/s of His Word.
The Christian faith is Life Long Learning, you are never finished. Read more, learn more. Share and interact more with others especially other Christians – you need it to survive this world.
We are all priests in a kingdom of priests. Its a lofty title and it means work.
So my statement/s of faith are drawn from my Christian brothers before me and will be included below for reference: