PFOA: Introducing the Apostles' Creed- believing in God
How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?" Exodus 33:16 (NIV).
Over next several weeks let us reflect on the Apostles' Creed. Baptists have eschewed the use of creeds, confessions of faith, and catechisms, considering them as a legacy of the liturgical churches. This was not always the case. In 1644 the London Baptist Confession was written by a number of churches of like faith. This pre-dated the Westminster Confession used by the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches. Because of persecution, this was not published until 1689 as the Second Baptist Confession. The Baptist Benjamin Keach, famous for introducing the use of hymns in worship, also wrote a Catechism, similar to a FAQ today, to explain the theology of the London Confession.
When we come to creeds, one of the earlies and most well known is the Apostles' Creed. Creeds are brief statements of beliefs that describe succinctly the main tenets of faith for instruction and for defence against heretical doctrines. It will do well for each Christian to know, for this is what distinguishes us from all the other people on the face of the earth, when we know and walk with the God we believe in.
Recently I came across Stephen Mayer's "Darwin's Doubt" published in 2013, which basically suggests that there are discontinuities in the "evolutionary chain" and the new species found could not be explained by adaptation in the "survival of the fittest" theory. You cannot imagine the critical and hostile comments from the evolutionists and popular media. Effectively, their belief in "there is no God" is challenged.
I believe in God: In Asia, although secular atheism is growing, the majority would still say they believe in god. Many are followers of the major religions. Some believe in a cosmic force or being of which they have little knowledge. Others put their faith in systems. Surprisingly, perhaps, is that many, including Christians, in fact believe in the "little voice" within themselves. This "not-so-still" or small voice of the self becomes the highest authority in their lives. This is me-ism.
"Anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" Hebrews 11:6b (NIV). There are many arguments for and against the existence of god. You have to come to your conclusion. When you conclude that He exists, then you'll want to know Him, to the point where you are confident of this, "that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:6, NIV). And being confident in whom you believed (2 Tim. 1:12), you'll want commit yourself to Him, to walk in His way and know that He will go with you.