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Re: Feeling out of place again in church rayww

Posted by Dinah on September 16, 2008, at 14:12:33

In reply to Re: Feeling out of place again in church Dinah, posted by rayww on September 16, 2008, at 13:58:50

> You believe man has to recover from his fallen state in order to regain the Father's presence.

No... I fear I don't believe that. I don't think I will ever believe in The Fall. I interpret the story of Adam and Eve much differently. I respect the beliefs of those who do believe in The Fall, but I don't.

I believe in God. I love God with all my heart, although I may fall short in living as if I do sometimes. I believe that Jesus was his beloved son. I believe that Jesus extended an invitation to those of all nations to enter into a relationship with God, and I consider him my savior because I accepted that invitation. I believe that through God's grace we can experience the gift of the spirit of God, the gift of a personal relationship with God through the spirit.

I recognize that for some people finding God through Jesus ends all doubt. For me it never has. The big stuff I believe without any doubt at all. It's the other theological layers that I can and do doubt. In my experience, the other theological layers can and do make a difference.




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