What I believe and what you believe about God, pain, suffering, evil, and the many other complex mysteries of faith is sometimes difficult to articulate and often in a state of flux. Nonetheless, here are a few things that we believe that will help you understand our vantage point in our discussions. And, by the way, there is room to disagree in our community without being shamed or ridiculed.
We believe in the triune God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture. God is one in essence who is manifested to us in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
We believe that the Bible is God's special revelation. It is divinely inspired. There are very clear teachings in Scripture. There are also many that may seem ambiguous or confusing to people today. When we choose to disagree about Scripture, we should do so in a charitable way.
Holiness, Love, and Salvation
God is holy. God is love. There is no conflict within God's nature. God created humans in His own image with whom He desires to have a relationship. God gave humans free will making it possible for humans to sin. Despite sin, which brings suffering and death, God in perfect wisdom chose the best of all possible worlds. In this world, God made a way of salvation through the sinless life, complete atonement, and resurrection of God the Son, Jesus Christ. This salvation brings forgiveness from sin, hope, peace, and joy in this lifetime and eternal life in the world to come.