A Discussion about the Apostle’s Creed

I have not been attending church regularly since Connor was confirmed. I attended until then because at his baptism I made a personal vow. Upon his confirmation I believe I had fulfilled this vow.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in God and my relationship with him is very important to me. But, I have questions and I feel these questions if asked publicly would make many people uncomfortable. I am also not good at confrontation.  These factors made it just easier to not attend.

But I find myself missing it and wonder if Amy and I can find a church home, specially with two very different religious perspectives…

The following is the Apostle’s Creed marked to reflect my current beliefs, I think.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

What say you?

Pray for Password

Today, I received an email form a customer needing my assistance. She was not going to be available while I worked on her account so she included her password, pray4dad. I really like this idea. With a little thought, it turned a mundane everyday task into a daily reminder to seek out God.

Honestly, I am not good at prayer. I do not pray on a regular basis and feel presumptuous to spends God’s time on mine fairly insignificant problems when I do. But the next time, I am required to change a password, maybe I can think about someone in my life that I should be praying for.

Church and State

I justed posted flair and a new design on my store: moral > legal. I don’t think what is legal and what is moral have been the same in America since the 1950s. That being the case we need to lives our lives in our own morality within our nation’s legality.

People in this nation do not seem to realize that seperation of church and state was intended to be a one way street. Our forefather were trying to protect their religion from being affected or controlled by the government. They certainly were not trying to make a godless or immoral nation.

Creation vs. Evolution?

This is a debate that has caused strife for many years. Creation is taught to us by the Bible. Evolution is a proven scientific principle. On the surface they seem mutually contradictory. But, are they and is the strife necessary?
– My Questions –
Is God omnipotent?
Could God create a 100 year old oak tree in one second?
Could God create a billions year old universe in six days?
– My Answer –
Both creation and evolution are truth in the most important sense. The bible lets us know that God created this beautiful and wondrous universe. For which I am extremely grateful. Science lets us know the universe has tremendous expanse and history which we have been give the opportunity to explore and discover. If you too answered ‘Yes’ to the three questions it should be plain that the two concepts are quite compatible. We have a beautiful and wondrous place to explore and to discover and, most important, in which to live. Amen

The Church, Marriage & Homosexual Unions

Currently, Marriage is two – three party agreements; one between God, a man and a woman, the other between a man, a women and the government. Due to ‘Politically Correct’ opinion both are under fire.
With God, marriage is a promise between a man and a woman to love and support each other. Many argue that being homosexual is part of their nature and we should love them and thus support a same-sex union. The problem with that argument is that a basic belief of the church is that being sinful is part of everyone’s nature. We try to love everyone but we do not condone or support other sins such as stealing or coveting.
With the government, marriage is a contract with all of the clauses written by an entity which knows nothing about the individuals involved. To make matters worse, the rules regulating the contract are subject to change if the couple moves across state lines.
– My Proposal –
The churches should reject participation in the civil process of marriage. That way men and women could be married in the eyes of God and their neighbors. The government could mind it’s own business and the ‘Politically Correct’ could go unheeded. After all, it is more important to be Morally Correct than Politically Submissive.
If necessary, a marriage contract should be written by the man and women involved and the government should have no say in the terms or conditions.