The next time you're sitting in church, take a quick look over your shoulder. Just because you are sitting in a Methodist church doesn't mean that everyone present was raised as a Methodist. Some of us were Catholic, some maybe grew up Baptist, a few Lutheran, some may have never had any church up bringing what so ever. That makes any congregation a melting pot of sorts as far as what makes up some of our beliefs.
On this side of Heaven there will be things we just don't know, some of those unknowns should be held in faith as true and not held as true as part of our faith. Core Christian belief is that Jesus is the Son of God part of the trinity died for our sins as risen and offers forgiveness to whosoever believes in Him. This is part of our foundation, the unchangeable part of all our faiths.
I can only speak of my up bringing, but some of the things I grew up believing made coming back to God very difficult. Whenever something I held as biblical truth wasn't true, I had a tendency to stumble. My fear is that far to many of us are building on truths that may or not be there, when they are being shown as not true our spiritual lives crash and burn. For example I think it is safe to say the Earth is round, not flat. The Church is scared for life because many people built their faith on a truth that simply wasn't there. Many people thought they were defending the faith by standing on a flat Earth, how many of us are defending the faith when we build on one side of the debate of young Earth or old?
I am not taking a stand for either as true or not, I am only saying our core Faith should be in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, part of the Trinity , died for our sins, as risen and offers forgiveness to whosoever believes in Him, this will never change. This is what defends us, not vice versa. If we build on the debate of evolution, something that makes headlines as true, untrue we will waiver with it. Our faith does this weird magic act, dependent on something we may or may not be able to prove as true it just disappears, abracadabra.
As Christians and disciples of Jesus, faith becomes a huge part of lives. It sustains us through the thick and thin , feeds our families, comforts us in our time of need. No one in their right mind would get behind the wheel of a car that was known to have a faulty tire that may or may not hold up driving on the highway. Your cruising along going 65 MPH and suddenly one of your tires just disappears, abracadabra. A faith like that is a flying death trap.
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