Christianity is Confusing
It’s really important to have a “we believe” statement for every church. Not only do many churches have a declaration of faith, they usually use the same book, the Holy Bible, to back their claims. What is interesting to me is that this Bible is interpreted in many different ways. So, how do you know which “we believe” statement is in the “truth” and which is a “lie?” How does one approach this?
I think for some, they would simply compare a statement of faith against the Holy Bible. I mean, that would make perfect sense to me. But, which verses in the Bible do you ignore, and which ones do you accept? How do you interpret the Bible to make it so it goes along with a declaration of faith?
It seems to me that most Christians are first in alignment with a school of theology prior to understanding the Bible, and so then they are forced to cherry-pick the Bible to justify their personal beliefs. Can you read the Bible first, then find your own theology in it? Or do you have to subscribe to a leadership that claims monopoly on theology and truth? What came first in your religious beliefs? How to read the Bible or the Bible itself?
I have never been satisfied with answers to those questions, all have been quite token such as “The Holy Spirit lets you know” or “They just have to say Jesus is Lord” or “Jesus raised from the dead” or “They gotta say God is number one and his word is number one and ya gotta put them first or yer not saved” (yet no one can agree on what putting him first even looks like) hmm what else?
I think, that, in the end, people choose doctrines that they feel most comfortable with. Some are much more comfortable with lots and lots of rules. Some are more comfortable with the lax, seeker friendly rules, and some are like me just wanting the answers….