Reveals His Creed
was also disappointed to find (as with too many other Christian
websites) that I could find no Statement of Faith on Mr. Smith's
PROBLEM WITH CREEDS
Mr. Bruce's critique of my site was 90 percent accurate and fair, and
since I have been criticized for twelve years now for not posting a
creed or statement of faith, I have decided that maybe I should post my
statement of faith. However,
I do not see the value in listing a number of precepts that are believed
by nearly 100 percent of all Christians. To say that one believes in
God, and in Christ, and in the Holy Spirit, and that the Bible is the
Word of God, and that we should keep the commandments of God, and maybe
be baptized, etc., seems to be of little value to Christians coming to a
Christian web site. And who but Christians come?
is the value of telling Christians what they already hold as doctrinal
truths? How many Christian
web sites do we suppose would have for a statement of faith something
like this: "I do not
believe that there is a God or that Jesus is His only Son, or that the
Bible is really the infallible Word of God?"
Most statements of faith and creeds contains some truthful
statements, but here's the real problem:
most also contain statements that are not true. I have yet to
read a creed or a statement of faith which does not contain some gross
for example the famous and ancient "Apostle's Creed," which
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 Holy
Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate...."
#1: What Christian does NOT
believe in the above statements? And
so since every Christian on earth believes the above statements, of what
value is it to tell others that this is also what you believe?
So repeating something straight out of the Bible that every
Christian already knows and believes is of little value.
#2: Contradicting statements
and unscriptural assertions. Let's read the next statement in the
crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead; (underline
statement contradicts itself. Jesus
could not be dead for three days, and yet "descend into hell"
during that same period. Then we are told that He will
again from the DEAD." If
He was visiting in hell, then He was not dead!
in the Bible do we read that Jesus died, went to hell, and then rose
from the dead? Nowhere.
The Scriptures are clear on this matter.
When Jesus died they put Him in a tomb. He did not go on a visit
to hell. They not only
placed the body of Jesus in a tomb, but Scripture tells us that they put
"JESUS" in a tomb:
in the place where He was crucified [where
laid they Jesus" (John
19:41-42). Not just the body
of Jesus, but "Jesus" Himself.
laid the dead Jesus Himself in a tomb!
How could Jesus rise from the dead if He wasn't really
dead, but rather visiting hell? And
how is it possible to call the returning from consciousness in hell,
"rising again from the DEAD?"
Can you not see the unscriptural blunder in this creed that has
been believed and repeated millions of times through the centuries?
Just how important is this creedal error? Listen: if Jesus never
"died" then He is not the Saviour of the world. The best we
could conclude is that the Saviour of the world is a DEAD CADAVAR!
Do you believe that the Father of Jesus is pleased with such a
deduction from His Son's offering for the sins of mankind?
I think not. Shame on such creeds.
truth of Christ's suffering sacrifice and offering is not difficult to
understand: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures" (I Cor. 15:3).
Not just the body of Christ, but Jesus Christ Himself died for
look at one more statement in this famous Creed regarding death, bodies
and the resurrection: "I believe in the resurrection of the body."
I don't believe in the resurrection of the Body.
And why is that? Because
it is un-scriptural and anti-scriptural.
Nowhere in the entirety of the Bible does it say there is coming
a resurrection of "the body."
What it does say is this:
17:32, "And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead..."
23:6, "....of the hope and resurrection
of the dead I am called in question"
as touching the resurrection of the dead...."
there shall be a resurrection of the dead...."
24:21,"Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in
Cor. 15:12, "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how
say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?"
Cor. 15:13, "But
if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen.
(See also: Heb. 6:2; I Cor.
15:21; I Cor. 15:42;
will be no resurrection of our dead bodies because God will raise us
from the dead and give us a new and spiritual body:
Cor. 15:37, "...that which thou sow, thou sow not that body that shall be."
our old body that has decayed away is gone forever and will never be
resurrected. It is not our
dead, decayed, non-existing bodies that God brings back to life, but it
is we ourselves that God gives life to and a new, different, SPIRITUAL
body (See: I Cor. 15:42-44.
hope you are beginning to see the problems with creeds. Even those
formulated by some of the best theological minds in the world, and then
repeated by millions and millions for thousands of years, have major
problems that few can see. I can do the same with Mr. Bruce's statement
of faith as I did with the Apostle's Creed.
There is a problem in his first line and another in his second
line: "There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct persons; the
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit."
problem with this first statement is that the Holy Spirit of God
is surely not a "distinct person."
line: "He [Jesus] was conceived by
the Holy Spirit..."
is nothing wrong with the second line, as it is a verse from the Bible.
But without knowing it that second line verse contradicts his
first line statement, that the Holy Spirit is a "distinct
person." Here's the
truth of the Holy Spirit:
a little school boy in the street knows that whoever conceives a baby in
a mother's womb is the father of that baby, not some other man.
So if the Holy Spirit were a man, then Jesus would be called
"The Son of the Holy Spirit," but nowhere is He called that.
Here's the Scriptural answer to Who is the real Father of Jesus:
from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the FATHER, in truth and
love (II John 1:3). Ah
yes, there it is: Jesus is the Son of God the Father, not some
fictitious person named the Holy Spirit.
if God is a trinity of three EQUAL persons, why is it that Jesus has
a God (II Cor.. 11:31), but God the Father doesn't have a God?
Why is the Holy Spirit the Spirit "of" God, but the Father is
not the Father "of" the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit belongs to the Father, but the Father does
not belong to his own spirit.
trinity business is all incongruent, unscriptural nonsense, which I hope
to clarify in my upcoming paper: "Solving the Enigma of God."
the past when someone asked what my statement of faith is, I told them
to buy a Bible and they would have my expanded statement of faith.
That explanation of my statement of faith has not changed it is
still contained in my creed below. However, I have greatly condensed my
statement of faith.
good friend from College is presently formulating a premise for a
doctoral degree on the subject of worldview and C. S. Lewis, it has
prompted me also to meditate on the subject of worldview.
A worldview consists of the way one views the world.
It consists of one's formal beliefs regarding the problems and
dreams of mankind, and the possible solutions to those problems. One's
worldview would consist of how he thinks about religion, science,
government, and philosophy. I
personally have many views of the world, and many statements that
express my views, and I could write many pages covering those views and
philosophies. But I have no desire to write out all the major points of
my beliefs, as they are clearly expressed in the thousands of pages on
have a worldview, creed, statement of faith that is more for me than for
those who read my material. I
need a creed that will always be my guiding light. It must be something
that if followed, it will always keep me on the straight and narrow. And
so, my Statement of Faith is totally different from all others.
It is simple, very short and concise, yet extremely profound.
This creed of mine is the foundation of everything I believe
regarding the nature and destiny of the human race, and the goal and
purpose of our Creator God. Everything
I write about must adhere to the truths of my Creed.
statement of faith brings together the visible and the invisible. The
past, present, and future. It
bridges the gap between the cosmos and the unseen spirit world which
scientists have been searching for since time immemorial.
is the cosmos? Who made it?
When? What is its
purpose? Why is there war
and wickedness in the earth? Why
does mankind sin? Is there a
God? How do we know?
Does He care for His Children?
Has He communicated with humanity?
Is God good? Will
there ever be an end to pain and suffering?
How will regeneration come about?
Does God know how difficult it is to be a man or woman?
Has God ever suffered as mankind has suffered?
Can God feel pain, heartache, rejection, fear, poverty, hunger,
disease, torture, and even DEATH? What is true love?
Is mankind capable of true love.
Has God given us an example of how to live and love?
fact, God has Authorized the preservation of that knowledge necessary to
understand the world in its past, present, and future state;
the reasons for why the world was as it was, is as it is, and
will be in the future and eternity;
and God Himself has Authorized that knowledge that explains how
it is that God really does understand what it is like to be a man, to
live as a man, and to die as a man. You
say, "Impossible." No, it is not impossible.
The answers and solutions to all of these questions are contained
in an expanded understanding of my Statement of Faith.
is the second part of my statement that contains the highest possible
wisdom regarding the reason for the cosmos, the creation, the human
race, and God's personal purpose for creating humanity.
Are you ready for this? Okay,
here it is:
Believe that the Holy Scriptures are God's Authorized Biography, and
Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God's Authorized Autobiography
it. It's all in there.
It'll come to you. Just
meditate on it a few years!
the Love of God,
L. Ray Smith