If You Don’t Believe, Are You Really a Christian?

The latest Barna Group survey results came to my email inbox this morning with this headline:

Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist

Details are at the link.  If you don’t believe that Satan is a living being (40% of respondents who had described themselves as Christian), that the Holy Spirit is a living being (58%), and that Jesus Christ did not sin at all when He was here on Earth (22%), my guess is that you probably aren’t really a Christian.

God is as He is described in the Bible.  To add to or remove from that definition is a sin.  Same for Jesus.

I’ve long maintained that Genesis 1:1 is a seminal verse in the Bible.  It is a winnowing fork, if you will, to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

Right away, first thing, you’re forced to decide.  Do you believe – do you trust the Bible – or do you not?  There are many absolutes in the Bible.  Either you believe or you don’t.  We don’t get to decide who God is.  We don’t get to frame up His existence in a little box of our own understanding.  We cannot possibly begin to understand how wonderful, how perfect, how powerful He is.

When we try – when we try to fit God into our perspective rather than to examine ourselves from His perspective, we move further and further away from His truth – THE truth.

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