beliefs…

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At the end of 2011 I started writing a series of posts that sought to define my belief structure. I suppose it was an attempt to articulate a lot of stuff that had been going on in my mind for a while. I didn’t really know where I’d go, even what I’d end up writing, it I thought it might be helpful to put them together somewhere that anyone who wanted to a little more about what makes me tick could do so with one click.

This is an ongoing process – it’s a bit messy, and not exact, and probably a little too wordy at times. It’s certainly not a doctrine statement! I’ll probably continue changing my mind about a lot of this…but that’s point. Faith is messy, it’s a process of continual discovery, loss and rediscovery. Some things are reasonably certain, others will probably always be uncertain.

beliefs 1 – God…
beliefs 2 – God continued…
beliefs 3 – Jesus…
beliefs 4 – the Spirit…
beliefs 5 – belief…
beliefs 6 – church…
beliefs 7 – the bible…
beliefs 8 – following Jesus…
beliefs 9 – public faith…
beliefs 10 – sacraments…
beliefs 11 – sin, heaven and hell…
beliefs 12 – suffering and the problem of evil…
beliefs 13 – sharing the good news…
beliefs 14 – church leadership…

6 thoughts on “beliefs…

  1. Hi Martin,
    I’ve been reading some of your blog after seeing your link on FB. I’ve been really interested in your posts about your Beliefs, I’m currently working my way through them.
    I lost my faith years ago but this week I’ve been brought to my knees, literally. I’m reading everything and anything I can get my hands on to try to make sense of it all. Thanks for your words.

    1. Hi Nicola,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment – it’s always good to know that my thoughts are helping others. I have to say that in many ways I’ve lost the faith I once had, but have seen it rebuilt in a completely different, new way. Many others have been part of this process – which is definitely ongoing. If I was to sum everything up, however, I’d say that I’m far more uncertain than I’ve ever been. And that’s a good thing. Certainty breeds an attitude to God that says we can box him up as a product. I’m fairly sure that this is impossible.

      A place of brokenness is the place we are and the place we’re meant to be. I think. It means we stop relying on ourselves and realise we need others. For some, that includes God.

      Any time you want a chat you know where I am.

      M

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