Our beliefs are in the Holy Bible. I personally believe, because God is eternal there is more knowledge, that is not in the Bible. In other words I don’t agree with Martin Luther. I have memories of praising God when I was less than eighteen months old. I saw a huge tree, probably a gum tree and I somehow knew it was once a seed and it grew it into this huge tree. I was praising God about His creations and I also knew that God chose my parents and I was thanking Him that He chose my parents. I even knew there were bad parents out there and I knew I was very fortunate to have my parents. Where did this knowledge come from! It had to be by the Holy Spirit. Martin Luther if I have read right, believes you can only find the truth in the Bible. There are people in the world that does not even have a Bible and yet in some cases are more inform about God than many that do have a Holy Bible and read it every day.
The problem is some misinterpret the Bible wrongly deliberately and others don’t simply see what somebody else might see. We all grow at different rates and at different levels. The Bible is really like two different books. If you are cardinal you will read it using only your intellect and stop there. In other words you will only be able to read the Bible though earthly means such as the flesh. Depending on the degree of your growth in Christ. The closer you are to God the more you will be able to see and understand the Holy Bible through the Holy Spirit. And it then becomes a completely different book than what cardinal people see.
The Word is Living
Many Christians can tell you from personal experience that they have seen with their own eyes, spiritually and physically eyes that the word is living. I remember once I was going through a very hard time and I was writing it all down in the hope of publishing it, which I didn’t. But I was writing down verses from the Bible and in the end I saw the passages of the Holy Bible was begging me and saying to me ‘take me! Take me!’ With such urgency. For some people they would not be able to appreciate what I am saying here. Some people simply cannot imagine this can be true and others know deep in their heart it is true, but don’t want to believe it. Many can believe or rather know it is true because they experience the same thing or something similar. Such as they have seen the words jumped out onto them with very great and deep revelation of the meaning into the word that they are reading. They feel the Presence of God in the Word. The words of the Holy Bible has layers of revelations and we only learn where we are up to. For example you wouldn’t be teaching the same lesson to a kindergarten child as a more senior students. It wouldn’t make sense to do that and who knows it more than God Himself.
And we also have to remember Satan is also so keen to use the Bible also for his own purposes. So if you are not genuinely seeking truth you won’t find it in the Holy Bible, because Satan will blind you to its truth. If we only knew just how important humility really is. It is a lifesaving virtue and we must pray for it. If you have already have this virtue, pray for an even deeper level of humility. We are to climb the mountain of Righteousness. We should never be satisfied with what we have. We must be always wanting to come closer to God or we will in fact go backwards, which results more times than not losing your souls in the end. That is the way to become luke-warm. And we know what it says in Revelations. God says ‘you are neither hot nor cold, but luke-warm and I will spite you out of my mouth’.
Slight Difference of Opinions
There are many different Christians Churches all serving God according to how they read the Bible. Some think one passage in the Bible is more important than another. So they concentrate on it more than other churches. Ideally we should be open to God and treat all passages of equal importance, but because we are only human we learn a little at a time. I have always and will always preach that Protestants and Catholics should listen to one another, because God speaks to both. What He will say to one person He will not say to another, because that person isn’t ready to hear that truth yet. I don’t believe for one minuet that there is one person on this earth that knows and understands all that the Holy Bible teaches. We all at different stages of growth and are called to different areas to serve God. So one part of the Bible you will be studying all the time, because you feel it is specifically talking to you. Some people might brag that they can recite the whole Bible, but can they understand it? Without humility and true desire to know truth you will never understand it full stop. Without praying to God for the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and the eyes of your heart, how can you begin to understand something as spiritual as the Holy Bible?
Now I want to write down the Apostle Creed that might help you to understand the basics of what Christians believe. Protestant became into existence during the fifteen Century. So long before the Protestants ever came into existence, people would say in the apostle creed ‘I believe in the Catholic Church’. Now there are many churches that will object in saying ‘I believe in the Catholic Church.’ Most of our beliefs are exactly the same, because we both study and teach from the Holy Bible. Once again there are some beliefs we do not share. Like Many Protestants believe in the Rapture, Catholics as a whole do not believe in it. The Bible doesn’t use the word Rapture, but if you look closely, I believe it does talk about it, as so many Protestants do. Now interesting enough Catholics believe in Purgatory and the Protestants are horrified that Catholics believe it. Once again it depends on how you have interrupted the Holy Bible. In Matthew 18:34, I believe like so many Catholics that it is referring to Purgatory. The person is sentence to a temporary torment. Protestants believe this verse is talking about hell. Hell is forever not temporary.
Matthew 18: 34
In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
According to our understanding as Catholics, he has the ability to pay back all that he owes and won’t get out until that happens. So we can argue and argue about it. There is so many evidence of holy saints who were in their right mind that had visited Purgatory, as many people today are visiting hell to tell us there is such a place. And there is so many people from Purgatory who have come to certain saints asking for prayers. I have had one soul in Purgatory thanking me for my prayers. There is plenty of witnesses if you would only look out for them. You are not going to find those books on Purgatory in Protestant bookstore, because they are rather on the aggressive side on that subject. In the same way you will not find books on the Rapture in Catholic bookstore either. So you see people are not always willing to accept that we don’t know everything and we need to call on God Himself for the answers. That is why I am a cross between the Catholic faith and the Protestant faith. My whole lifestyle that God has given me has made it so. There is a little wrong in every Church, because we are only people trying to do our best in understanding God’s Word. The word Catholic also means universal so in the Apostle Creed you might exchange the word Catholic to Universal Church if you wish. I am sure God won’t mind.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty. Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again form the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
I am going through a hard time right now, which no doubt does not comes as a surprise to anyone. Since we are all living in the end of the end days. In my dream; long story short I was told to say these prayers ‘the Lord’s Prayer’ and ‘the Apostle Creed.’ For protection. So I thought I past this message on in case it is also meant for some of you.