Foundations of the Christian Faith

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INTRODUCTION
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells a parable of two builders. The wise builder uses a strong rock foundation and the foolish builder uses a weak sand foundation. When the rain came, only the wise man’s house survived. The meaning of this parable is that we must have a strong foundation in Christ in order to survive what this world throws at us. Throughout this paper, five foundations of the Christian faith will be explained followed by my personal testimony. GOD

I believe in God the Father! He is described as compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). He is also described as sovereign (Deuteronomy 3:24)! Matthew 6:26 says that the father feeds the birds, and in verse 30, it says that he clothes the grass of the field. In the next two verses, Matthew goes on to say that we never need to worry about what to eat, drink, or wear, because if God even provides for the birds and the grass, he will provide for us. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God! He came to Earth as a baby born of the virgin, Mary. Jesus claimed to be one with the father (John 10:30), suggesting that he is not only the Son of God, but he is God the Son. He was the first and only man to live a perfectly sin-free life which was why he was worthy to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Three days later, he was resurrected from the dead. His resurrection is what gives life and hope to all who believe. I believe in the Holy Spirit! He is described as having the qualities and performing the works of God. He guides people through difficult times and helps us to make good decisions. He convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He gives new life (Titus 3:5-7). He gives gifts to the church (1st Corinthians 12:4-11). Together, these three make up the Trinity, a perfect combination of three persons, but only one God. The Father is not the Son; the Son is not the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the Father, but they are all God. These are not three gods; they are three separate persons, but one God! A good example of the Trinity is water. It is composed of three atoms, but only one molecule. Water can exist in three stages. There’s ice, liquid water, and water vapor. Each stage is very different, but they are all equally water, made of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. This is similar to the Trinity, because though there are three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), there is only one God! MAN

This world has many different conceptions of what man is. Some of these conceptions include man as a machine, man as an animal, man as an economic being, man as a pawn of the universe, and more. However, there are some problems with each of the above conceptions. The view that is most compatible with experience is the Christian view of man! ​The Christian view of man is that we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 - 28). This means that we always have a choice between right and wrong (Genesis 2:15 – 17), human life is sacred (Genesis 9:6); and respect is due to all humans (James 3:9). ​Man is different from all other life on Earth in multiple ways. One thing that makes man unique is a higher intelligence. Another is that man has a soul. That’s just a couple examples. Man is different in so many ways. ​So, how is man like God? God is eternal, meaning that he has no beginning and no end. Man does have a beginning, but like God, we too have no end. Death is not the end. After death, we continue to live either in heaven or hell. God is omnipotent, meaning all-powerful. Man is not all-powerful, but we are the most powerful species on Earth. Both God and man are personal. We exist as individual beings with self consciousness and will, capable of feeling and choosing. ​Why is the Christian view so much better? This view considers each person to be a creation of God rather than a chance result of...
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