Christian beliefs are teachings of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God and King of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus came to earth and taught us with His words and His life what the Kingdom of God was all about. He showed us how we can live, talk, even think to become the very best we can be.
His teachings tell us what we must believe to live for eternity with God. The person of Jesus Christ is 'Truth' itself.
Basic Christian beliefs are simple and can be found written plainly in Bible Scriptures. Christian beliefs are also profound. They deepen with maturity and will change you from the inside out.
Whatever you really believe will profoundly effect your whole life body, soul and spirit.
Christian means "Christ one" one who follows the teachings of Christ (Christian beliefs) with all their heart. But Christian Doctrines are certain Philosophies or schools of thought. They are interpretations of Christian beliefs. Doctrines are not 'Truth' itself but Doctrines can change as more 'Truth'(More of Jesus) is revealed to the believer.
Sanctification is a growing process and if you are willing God will mold you and shape you as the potter does with the clay. God will correct our doctrines as we mature in His Grace.
Throughout the History of Christianity there have been those who have been over zealous for doctrine while being mislead with teachings that are not of God. Misunderstanding of Bible Scriptures have lead to abominations of so called Holy Wars, Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and even fights among different Church denominations.
It is not God 's will to force Himself on anyone. Will Humanity Ever Learn that?
God has given to each individual a free will to choose whom they will serve good or evil or even what you believe about God,yourself and others. God woos us with His love and gives opportunities to choose right. But the choice is always left up to the individual.
There will be consequences for our choices but God gave us all a free will and lets the individual choose. After all that is what this life is all about. The quality of our life depends on what choices are made what you choose to believe. Choices will effect your life now and later.
Your choices ultimately bring you either eternal life or death. Gods will is for you to choose the righteousness provided by the death and resurrection of Jesus and thereby receive a more abundant life even now.
But God never uses force. "Force" is a weapon of the enemy of God. Other Religions have made this same mistake and have tried to use forced conversion. As a result today we have the tragedy of terrorism. It is the great satan disguised as God that forces his way saying you must believe MY way or I will force you even kill you if you don't.
With all your heart honestly seek the living God your Creator. He WILL reveal Himself to you if you seek Him with all your heart. God's will is to give you Paradise/Heaven/Eternal Life but you must serve the True God. He Loves You. He wants to give you Eternal life. Seek Him.
As you draw closer and closer to God Christian beliefs mature. Time spent with God opens your understanding. Doctrinal perception of Christian beliefs will deepen and your understanding of Bibles verses could change with maturity from glory to glory as the Lord reveals them to you.
The Word of God is not like any ordinary book that you just comprehend as you read. There are mysteries in Bible verses that must be revealed by the Spirit of Jesus – The Holy Spirit. But the most simplest among us can understand the deep things of God as God chooses to whom He will reveal them.
Doctrines are not truth – Jesus is Truth! Therefore if you truly have Jesus as your Savior then you HAVE the truth no matter where you are in your maturity of understanding doctrines, Philosophies or schools of thought.
Church denominations may have some differences in doctrinal understanding but if they hold to the core Christian beliefs of Jesus Christ then we are all family.
No church or individual has it all Right! We all have a lot of room to grow in our understanding of God. Your doctrines or understanding of certain Scriptures don't save per-say, but it is the person of Jesus who saves. The Pure Word of God Himself. We are saved by Grace. Having the faith of Jesus is a lot different than putting your faith in your understanding of doctrines.
The Bible gives us instructions as seen in Titus 3:2 ... To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. KJV
Never attack and condemn someone just because they don't agree with your understanding of Bible Scripture, doctrine or Christian beliefs. Given in meekness instructions can be enlightening, but the Holy Spirit is not a part of strive or arguing over doctrines. Love the brethren unconditionally and treat everyone with respect.
It is the Holy Spirits job to lead into all Truth not our job. God is the Savior not us. Our brothers and sisters are Gods servants not ours. God works in all our lives in His timing. Just be a Witness of what He has done for you in your life and Love each other as God loves us.
Would you be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit about YOUR understanding of a point of Scripture? Maybe He's been trying to open up some Truth to you about some doctrine you were sure was right? Are you willing to be the clay molded by God the potter?
As we mature God may choose to reveal a doctrinal correction of understanding within your Christian beliefs. The Truth may be different from everything you have believed since you were a child. It may be something you were sure was true, you had absolutely no doubt about it.
It may be something so strong in you that you were willing to die for it.
What will you do if God were to reveal to you that what you have believed all your life was off somewhat or just plain wrong. What if you were wrong in your understanding of scripture all that time?
It's not a fun thing to go through. It will take humility to follow the Holy Spirit. Having a willingness to follow God where ever He leads, will cost. You have to be willing to swallow your pride. But if you want to go deeper with God let Him have His way with you. Follow Him as He quickens your spirit and leads you into deeper Revelations of His Word.
A scripture you may have read hundreds of times before suddenly be comes alive. It's like you see it with new eyes as He opens up Bible Scriptures to you.
Let yourself be the clay. Let the Master mold you the way He knows will turn out for your good. There is great joy awaiting for all those who open themselves up to God and are willing to follow Him where ever He leads them.
People argue over different religions and even Christian Beliefs. Have you ever heard someone say, “this church is the true Church”? It almost sounds like children saying, “Daddy likes me best”. Why do "religious" people do that? Can't they see that behind it all is our enemy trying to pit us against each other?
There are some churches who to their shame persecute those who will not agree with certain of their doctrines. They have spoken evil against the brethren just because they can't convince them to agree with an understanding of certain Scripture.
United we stand - Divided we fall! Our enemies are Not each other!
Our Fathers heart breaks to see His children fighting. It's a shame to see one Christian attack another Christian – It stinks of pride and the attacker may be in need a spanking from the Father.
Never strive or ague with someone unwilling to listen. If they are willing then pray with them yes, reason together with them yes, witness of Gods love for them YES, even tell of the wrath to come but don't use any of the weapons of the enemy of God. That includes; intimidation, manipulation, slander, persecution, fear, hateful threatening force or any other ungodly way.
Can you see from the Fathers perspective as He watches His own children following the ways of the enemy? Can you see how bad it is to use the enemies weapons?
Think about it. God gave free will to everyone. When you use any kind of force, manipulation or evil way against someone's will you are putting yourself opposed to Christ – do you then make yourself an Anti-Christ?!
Each one of us have the right to choose for themselves and will answer to the Master for themselves. We are not their judge - God is. We are only to Love one another, Christians and non-Christians. Have you not heard that “The goodness of God leads to repentance?” Rom 2:
Matt 5:44-45 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;" NKJV
2 Tim 2:22-26 ..."pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will." NKJV
We are called to be witnesses for Christ and tell others what God has done for us. All we can do is share Christian beliefs as we understand them and not be stubborn and stiff necked in our individual doctrines but be open to the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. More of Jesus.
3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. KJV