Here is the fundamental ideology of what I believe as a Bible-believing Christian.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God. The Bible describes Jesus as the Word of God which became flesh (John 1:14). Jesus was born on earth of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, lived a perfect, sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and after 3 days rose again. Jesus was with God before the world was created, and Jesus is with God now at His right hand. The world was also created through Jesus, the instrument of God, through whom without nothing would be created that is created.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:1-3
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16
“The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” – Luke 1:35
“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.” – 1 John 3:5
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification..” – Romans 4:25
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God. God speaks to us, teaches us, and guides us through His Holy Spirit.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” – John 14:26
“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” – 1 John 2:27
What is the Bible?
The Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God. It was written by humans but inspired by God. I believe the Bible to be the final authority in all doctrine.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16
There is one thing all Christians believe. This is that Jesus is the only way to heaven. The Bible is very clear about this. You cannot do a bunch of good works and without accepting Jesus expect to get to heaven. If you do not accept Jesus as Lord, you will perish.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” – John 3:36
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” – John 14:6
However, regarding “Unconditional Grace”, this is a matter of contention, as I believe that the Bible teaches something different than what today’s modern churches teach. Modern churches teach that we have an “Unconditional Grace” and that works have no impact on salvation. This teaching originated from Calvinism. However, the Bible teaches something completely different. Pray and decide for yourself, I have written an entire article on this important issue: Grace Fallacy
The Second Coming
One day at a day and time that no one knows, which means that no predictions can be accurate, Jesus will come back.
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” – Matthew 24:29-31
According to the Bible, on the last day God will raise us again in bodily form, we will not just be spirits. However, our bodies will be in glorified form, as in without sickness or pain, our bodies will be much greater. This is assuming that we have attained eternal salvation.
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.” – John 5:28-29
“For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things to himself.” – Philippians 3:20-21
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
On the last day all will be awoken and will be judged by God according to their works.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.” – Revelation 20:12-13
End of the world
God will destroy this world by fire in the end times. Then God will remake the world anew.
“The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” – 2 Peter 3:10
Heaven and Eternal Life
Heaven is where God resides.
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” – Psalm 103:19
Heaven is also described as a place of perfection where there is no pain or suffering.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
Heaven is a place, since God resides there, but whether heaven is where we will spend eternity is unclear. Instead, the Bible talks about a “new heaven and a new earth”. God will destroy this world and make a new, perfect one.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'” – Revelation 21:1-5
Not everyone will go to heaven, not even everyone who calls themselves a Christian.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21
In fact, not many people will get to heaven.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14
Hell is also described as the “second death”. Whoever does not have their name written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
“Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” – Revelation 21:4
The Bible does not support the existence of purgatory. According to the Bible, after you die, you don’t get another chance. Contrary to what many Catholics believe, your loved ones can’t pray for you after you die. After you die, your time is up. There is no in between or purgatory. There is either eternal life or the lake of fire.
We can pray directly to God. We no longer have to pray through a priest.
Praying to or worshiping anyone other than God, such as Mary or the angels, is strictly forbidden. It is called idolatry.
“I, John … fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.'” – Revelation 22:8-9
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.'” – Matthew 6:9
NOTE: I will update this page with more topics at a later date. However, this should give you a good starting point.