I believe that the Bible is the Word of God written by men through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Bible is without error in the original languages and that God has preserved His Word until today and through translations. I will admit that sometimes meaning can be obscured by translations and that it is sometimes necessary to go back to the original language to truly understand what God is telling us. Some examples of this would be the rod and submission.
I take the Bible at face value. While I understand that parts of the Bible are allegory and symbolism, I believe that those parts are clearly marked. When the Bible says that something happened, I believe that it happened. This includes the entire book of Genesis. I have no problem believing that God made the universe in 6 days. He could have made it in one nanosecond had He had chosen to do so, but He chose to do it in 6 days. I do not believe that those days represent ages. That would require things to die before sin and death entered creation.
I believe that Science is man’s way of trying to understand what God has done. If science contradicts what God says, then science is wrong. Science is always changing, trying to make sense of God’s creation while leaving God out of it. The scientists were not there, they can only speculate. God was there and He told Moses what to write, therefore I believe it.
I believe in the Trinity. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We cannot really understand this, it is beyond us. We can kind of understand by thinking of H2O which can be seen as ice, water and steam. They are not each other but all are H2O. This helps, but it is not exactly the same. We can also think of how a man is mind, body and spirit. That helps, but is also not really the same. We have to understand that God made man, man did not make God. God is far superior to us and it is not necessary nor even reasonable to expect to understand Him. As a child cannot understand everything his parents do or say, so we must understand that we cannot comprehend God.
I believe that as God, Jesus has always been and always will be. I believe that Jesus was born into a human body in order to keep the Law and become the only suitable sacrifice to pay for our sins. In that way, He redeemed us. This means that He purchased our freedom. We were slaves to sin, doomed to spend eternity in Hell and He paid for our sins by dying for us. He died and 3 days later he resurrected Himself, proving that He is God. By believing this, we are saved. We are saved by believing, not by doing anything, because there is nothing we can do to save ourselves or to add to what Jesus did. We then belong to Him and we serve Him out of love and a sincere desire to please Him.
P.S. I found Glenn Chatfield’s Statement of Faith to be well written and I agree with it so I thought I’d share it also.