Our Beliefs (Expanded)

Who is God?

There is one God who has revealed Himself in three “persons.” The three persons are the Father, the Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. Each of these is fully and equally the same God. Just as we, as humans, are body, soul, and spirit, and yet we are one, so too is God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and yet He is One. None of body, soul, and spirit is any less us, and so too, none of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is any less God when considered alone. And just as we are not complete unless we take into account every aspect of our make-up … body, soul, and spirit, so, too, God is not complete unless we take into account every aspect of His make-up: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26,11:6-7,19:24, John 1:1, John 4:24, 1 John 5:20, John 8:58)

Is God Perfect?

Yes, God is perfect. He has never made a mistake, and He never will. He is all knowing.Though God is perfect, and He created this world to be a beautiful place, mankind has gone his/her own way, which has affected creation. God will restore it all one day to the way it was supposed be. In the meantime, we are commanded to pray that God’s will be done on the earth, as it is in heaven. We are to pray for change now, but ultimately, perfection will come fully only later, to those who love God and seek to do His will. (Deuteronomy 32:4, 2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:30, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 6:9-13)

To Whom is God Accountable?

God is accountable to no one and sovereign over all. Because He is perfect and has never made a mistake, He actually does not need to be accountable to anyone. There is no one higher authority than Him, and He alone deserves all the glory, praise, and honor, for everything that is good and right and proper and noble. His decisions are perfect, and His wisdom is perfect. He is to be trusted and respected in all things. (Hebrews 6:13) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

Who Created God?

No one created God. He has always existed and He always will. We may not be able to fully understand this, but then again, we were created by Him and perhaps it is His intention not to fully give us this understanding as to how God could have always existed. That is where faith comes in! Just as it is perfectly clear that a simple thing such as a watch has a maker, so, too, is it abundantly clear that human beings have a Creator. God is the Creator of all things, and all things that He created were perfectly good, noble, and proper at the time that they were created — that is, before evil came into the world. God did not create evil. Nor was it His intention for it to happen. However, being all knowing, God knew it would happen, and planned to send Jesus Christ into the world in order to take on the sins of the world so that mankind might be reunited with his/her Creator and so that he/she could experience the gift of eternal life. He who has the Son of God has the life, and He who does not have the Son of God does not have the life, the Bible teaches (Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16, John 3:19-20, 1 John 5:10-13)

Where Did Evil Come From?

The presence of evil came about as the direct result of the free will that God gave mankind (and the angels). It appears from the Bible that a third of the angels “fell” (meaning they disobeyed God, and willfully chose to rebel against Him, even though He was and is good), seeking to be “gods” themselves and refusing to submit to God as loving heavenly Father, which He is to those who are willing to bow before Him and recognize him as such, and for which they will be wonderfully rewarded both in this life, and the next (Mark 10:29-30).

Who is Man?

Mankind, or “Man” for short, was created by God in God’s image for the purpose of fellowship, or communion, or intimacy, with God. Man is unique over all other created things in that nothing else created by God was created in His Image. For this reason, we understand that God has a very special purpose for having created mankind. His purpose was to have fellowship with Himself. (Genesis 1:27)

In the same way that God has revealed Himself in three different persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), so, too, is mankind (or “man”) composed of three facets, body, soul, and spirit. While his body allows him/her to relate physically with others, and his/her soul enables him/her to relate both emotionally and relationally, the part of mankind that has fellowship, or relates on a spiritual level to God is his/her spirit. Evidentally, because of the presence of so many religions in the world, we can see clearly that mankind “yearns” or “longs” for this fellowship with his/her creator. However, he/she is unable to do it on his/her own. We need God’s help.

Why Did Man Decide To “Do His Own Thing?”

A fallen angel (called a “demon”, or an “evil spirit,” or simply, a “fallen angel”) lured mankind to disobey God just like they had done when they rebelled against God in heaven. This was how rebellion against God, or “sin” entered into the world. In this case, the fallen angel’s name was Satan. The Bible explains that there are many fallen angels roaming the world today, that try to continue to lure men and women into committing acts against God, so as to lead them away from God’s purposes. (Genesis 3:1, 1 Timothy 4:1)

Is Man Accountable for His Actions?

Even though mankind was first “lured” to sin by the devil himself, he is nevertheless still accountable for his decisions. God will hold every person accountable for their actions (whether they were lured or not by a fallen angel). Just as Adam and Eve were punished for their disobedience against God — even though Satan was the one who tempted them — so, too, we will all be held accountable for those choices we have made during our lifetime. None of us will be exempt. (Matthew 12:36-37, Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27, James 1:13-14)

Is There a Judgment?

Yes, there are actually two judgments that we will each have to face, whether young or old, poor or rich, saved or unsaved.

What is the First Judgment?

The first judgment is whether or not we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. As the Bible explains, the reward for having come to a trusting relationship with Jesus is eternal life. The consequence of disbelieving, however, and turning one’s back on Jesus, is eternal separation from God (that is our choice: God does not want us to be separated from Him!). The Bible warns that the consequences of turning our backs on God’s free offer of salvation will be eternal separation from God in that place which the Bible calls the lake of fire, which is also where the devil and his angels will go for eternity. (John 3:36, John 5:24, 1 John 5:10-13, Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10,14,15)

Is there a second chance?

There is no middle ground in terms of believing. There is no in between state, no “purgatory,” no second chance, and no reincarnation, once you die. The Bible does not give us a “second chance” option, but simply says, “… it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) We must not fool around with this statement. The Bible warns us that we should make our decision to trust Christ as Savior while we still can. A time is coming when it will be too late! (Psalm 32:6, Luke 13:3, Matthew 25:1-13)

What is Special About The First Judgment?

It is important to know that this judgment is based on faith alone and not on any works that we ever did! You cannot work your way to heaven — there is no one good enough to earn that … except Jesus. And that is why Jesus came. He came to pay our debt on the cross with His own life, which is exactly what He did. In return for what He did, we should gladly be willing to surrender our lives to Him, knowing that He is a good God who can be trusted. Jesus laid His life down by His own accord. He did it for you and me. He was not forced to or trapped. It was all willful on His part, demonstrating His love for us. (Romans 5:8, John 10:18)

Jesus took the punishment for sins that we were supposed to take. We take on a right standing with God by trusting in Jesus as our Savior. God simply imputes that to us, declaring us righteous on account of what Jesus did. After that, it’s time to get busy for the Lord, serving Him, because He is a really good God. We can serve Him in a variety of ways, and the Bible teaches that He has given each of His children at least one gift which we can use to serve Him. It is a gift that will bring us joy as we exercise it. (By “children,” this refers to those who have come to faith and trust in Him.) (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Ephesians 4:7, 1 Peter 4:10)

The Bible says that we are all sinners. “All have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) “There is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 53:1) As such, we do not deserve heaven or eternal life! (Eventually, we will come to live on this earth for all eternity — this earth will be recreated one day, just like God intended it to be. It will be glorious.) None of us can claim that he/she is good enough to merit eternal life. All have been declared as unrighteous in God’s sight. Salvation comes by faith in Christ and by Him alone! “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13)

What is the Second Judgment?

The second judgment is a judgment based on works. This does not merit us heaven, but it will merit us receiving rewards. (1 Corinthians 3:13-15) For those who are unsaved, however, who have rejected Christ’s free offer of salvation, there can never be any work that is good enough to merit entrance into heaven. Those who have rejected Christ will not be able to enter heaven’s gate, but will have to live eternally in that place where Jesus said there would be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This obviously is very frightful, and God is not an evil God. He does not want anyone to go there (hell and the lake of fire, that is). And that is precisely why God sent Jesus to pay for the penalty for our sins — because He knew that there was no other way to redeem us from the curse of law which has declared us all sinners and unworthy to merit eternal life in God’s sight, except through the shed blood of Christ. “… and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22) Just like there are variations of rewards in heaven, there will also be variations of judgments in hell. This is not a place you even want to think about, so trust in Christ! Hell is an eternal separation from God. You can never escape. On the other hand, eternal life and heaven bring with it eternal joy. There will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more suffering! (Luke 10:8-12, Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:13, Revelation 21:4)