Wowzers – I was going through my external hard drive tonight (it’s full of old documents, pictures etc…a real time suck!) and came across this document. I wrote it in early 2001 when Brian and I had recently started dating. Religion was clearly weighing heavily on my mind:
What I Believe to be True:
I believe that God is the creator of heaven and earth. I believe He did this through the orchestration of what we call “evolution”. I believe that God laid for us a foundation on which to build. What we build is up to us.
I believe that God loves us for who we are. He loves us not only despite our shortcomings and failures, but because of them.
I believe that God is omnipotent. He is capable of anything.
I believe that God is all-knowing. He knows that our lives here on earth are only a fraction of what He has in store for us. For this reason He is able to withstand the pain of seeing us suffer.
I believe that all people are born good. Evil develops where other people fall short. Evil is where God isn’t, whether that be by circumstance or design.
God has given us moral agency. We can choose to believe or not to believe, we can choose to obey or not to obey.
I believe God is forgiving. He will forgive anything as long as you are genuinely repentant.
I believe that churches are man made institutions and are by that definition, fallible. God gave us his only son our Lord, Jesus. We built the buildings in His name.
I believe that God appreciates our churches and knows that we are trying to keep to His word.
I believe that God sent many prophets to represent Him. Including such great
leaders as Mohammed, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.
I believe in one God. I believe that He goes by many names and has many faces. I believe that Allah and God are one in the same.
We’ve come a long way baby. :)