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|Simply Stated: Our Beliefs
It's getting so confusing in the world. So
many people are using the same words that it has made it increasingly difficult
to state simply the distinctives of what you believe.
The same words I
use, others use but mean something different. Words like God, love, pray,
Jesus, believer, follower, disciple, worship, grace, and faith are heard in
many different cultures and religions today. Here in Benin, we had
the King of Ouida (from the birthplace of the Voodoo religion) come as a
patient. He asked if he could pray for us. He brought his wooden idols
with him and told us that he believed the same as we do but his prayers must go
through his idols first! There are so many people who really believe that
we all fundamentally agree spiritually. But...nothing could be
farther from the truth!
This is an attempt to state what we believe WITHOUT
those commonly used words. Hopefully, this will help us be clear about
what makes our beliefs distinctive.
We believe in a supreme Spiritual Being
Who's very nature consists of Pure Light, Love and Life, who knows within
Himself the essence of true relationship and absolute truth.
We believe that this One brought into
existence all things and created mankind with the unique capacity and ability
to a relationship with Him. But even with the option to choose a relationship
with this One, mankind chooses not to. This can permanently separate us
from a relationship with the One who made us.
We believe that this One, not wanting ANYONE to
live without a relationship with Him, sent to us the very part of Himself that
created mankind, that Part which puts into words who He is, the very part of
Him that holds all life together. This One was born a human (while
maintaining His own place in the Supreme relationship) and was given the name
Jesus. As He lived on earth, He demonstrated His ability to give life
through healing and even bring life to the dead. He explained who He is
and He described what a relationship with Him would be like --- if we would
We believe that everything this One born
a man did was intended to draw all men into a relationship with the supreme
Spiritual Being. "Everything" included His own physical
death. He offered His own physical body and allowed His own Spirit to be
separated from its place in the Supreme relationship. Why? In order
to offer a way back into that pure relationship that mankind chose to sever ---
if we would accept it.
We believe that the One who offered
Himself returned bodily back to His place in the Supreme relationship but sent
another part of Himself to offer this relationship to all people. Each
time someone chooses this relationship, it is this part of Him who also seals
the relationship forever. He does this by entering our very souls to
teach, comfort and keep us close --- if we would receive it.
We believe that those who have chosen this
relationship with the Supreme Being cannot help but be affected by Him living
inside us and are changed into a different kind of person. Because of the
seal, we can no longer permanently damage our relationship with Him. He is now
holding it together. Our own nature can interfere as it continues to want
its own way which grieves Him, but no longer separates us. His Love,
Light, and Life are now part of us. And slowly we come to reflect His love,
light, and life --- if we continue to choose His way.
We believe that when those who have
chosen a relationship with the Supreme Being die, He will receive them
physically into His presence. To do this, He will transform our bodies so
that we will live forever. Those who share in this unbelievable
experience will come from every tribe and people on earth.
We hope this will challenge you to think a little more
deeply about what you believe and the words you use to explain it. We are
open to any questions or comments you may have.
Acts 17:28 "For in Him we live and move and
have our being".
Love to all, Glenn and Kim Strauss
We thought you might enjoy seeing an updated picture of us with our grandkids.
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