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Unread 08-14-2019, 02:30 PM   #1
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The Essentials

Given that we all come from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds, I was wondering what (if any) doctrines do you consider 'essential' in order to call yourself a Christian. Is it simply affirming the creeds? Are there things in the creeds you don't feel are essential? Are there things the creeds leave out that you feel should be in there?

This will be an interesting thread. At least, I'm hoping it will be. I am actually going to waive the normal requirements for posting in Theology. I want to hear what people believe even if they don't hold to every single doctrine outlined in the creeds.



I'll start with an easy one.

You have to believe that God exists.

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I would definitely second those.
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I would definitely second those.
Our entire faith is useless if that isn't true. If you don't believe Jesus is the son of God, then it invalidates every single thing he claims. If he didn't die, then the Law hasn't been fulfilled, and if he didn't come back then he didn't defeat sin and death.
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Looks like the Official CGR Creed might be short.



What about the Triune nature of God?
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I was wondering what (if any) doctrines do you consider 'essential' in order to call yourself a Christian
The Creeds, pretty much. If you deny anything in the Nicene Creed, you aren't a Christian. Deny any particular statement in the Nicene Creed and you have major problems making the Christian faith coherent in any historically orthodox sense.

I don't see the need for this thread.
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If you deny anything in the Nicene Creed, you aren't a Christian. I don't see the need for this thread.
Lol, that's a good point.


It also reminds me of the absurdity of some 20th century Baptists getting huffy about being forced to affirm the creeds.
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The Creeds, pretty much. If you deny anything in the Nicene Creed, you aren't a Christian. Deny any particular statement in the Nicene Creed and you have major problems making the Christian faith coherent in any historically orthodox sense.

I don't see the need for this thread.
Some Christians hold some things as essential and others don't. I hardly see the problem in talking through those things.

I know people who say that speaking in tongues is evidence of the Holy Spirit. I know people who insist that certain eschatological views are necessary. I know some Calvinists who act as if all non-Calvinists are apostate. There are those who have a more literal interpretation of the Bible. We're not trying to rewrite what it means to be a Christian.

Surely a little dialogue is healthy. If you feel this thread is unnecessary then by all means, ignore it. No one has to post if he/she doesn't wish to.
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Yeah, I suppose that's fair from a certain perspective.
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Yeah, I suppose that's fair from a certain perspective.
In the past I have been accused by certain Pentecostals that I didn't have the Holy Spirit. I have been accused by certain Roman Catholics of not being in the true Church. I have been called a heretic by some because I am not Reformed.

I think the overwhelming majority of us hold to the tenets found in the Creeds. I agree that they are a pretty good indication of whether or not one is truly Christian. I do know that some have added some really oddball stuff in there as well.

Honestly, I'm just trying to get some conversation...ANY conversation going up here.
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