Completely open to debate, interpretation, questions, and I can and most likely will change it.
I know Jesus Christ is the son of God; he was born of Mary a Virgin in the ancient town of Bethlehem. The reason he was male is because the culture at the time did not allow the education of Women, therefore to have a daughter of God would have been ineffective in that culture. I believe the entire Bible was inspired by God, but just as we do today, was filtered through the cultural knowledge of the writers, this is why it is so important to study the biblical culture so we can interpret God’s words accordingly; this is why I read the New Living Translation. Jesus came to Earth to set the story straight, he came to let us know God loves us, and more than anything he wants us to love him.
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The person asking this question was referring the Ten Commandments, of which you can break into two parts, one part is about loving God and the other is about loving others.
I absolutely believe that if every Christian followed these commandments from their hearts, not because they want to please God, but because they want to love God, which in turn will please God, then the world would come to know Christ.
I believe that all humans have a spirit, some dead, some alive, and some stagnate. In order to grow your spirit, and become closer to God (because he is always calling us closer), we must make an effort to fellowship with other Christians who are stronger than ourselves. In fact, I feel so strongly about this, I challenge anyone who reads this to make that a commitment in their lives, get to know stronger Christians, and don’t expect them to approach you, just like learning to walk, you must take the first step on your own.
~ to be continued ~