This blog just spent 33 weeks looking at the Nicene Creed line-by-line. Next to each snippet from the creed were related sections of Scripture. It was an attempt to validate those faith-tenents that millions of believers have hung their hats on through the centuries.
But why bother? What was the point?
One positive is the realization that there really is more that unites all the different denominations than the mostly inconsequential things that seek to divide us.
But a clue to the even bigger deal was in the "Truth is..." conclusion to the very first posting:
Truth is...no condensation of thoughts or tidy list of beliefs can do the entire breadth of Scripture justice, but maybe this will help get things into bite-sized chunks suitable for digestion and life-change.
Oooooh...that last hyphenate..."life-change". Why did I have to go and bring THAT up?
Life-change really is what it's all about, isn't it? What good does saying I believe in this or that or the other thing do if the way I live my life isn't affected by those beliefs?
So we say we believe the power of the Holy Spirit reanimated Jesus' dead body, validating every word he ever spoke. So what?
So LIVE like your Lord is all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful. Let your life be a reflection of that knowledge, love, and power. "Let your light so shine..."
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Truth is..."Anyone who listens to [Jesus'] teaching AND FOLLOWS IT is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock." (Matthew 7:24 NLT)