I am going to talk about my faith something that has grown over the years and I will like to explain a little on how it was as a child and how it has changed through some of the stages of my life. Here we go!A couple Subjects that was mentioned will be written on a posted for deeper thoughts. That where my standpoint was reached while studying with my husband.
I grew up in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, going to church every sabbath with my grandpa whom was the adult sabbath school teacher of a small congregation. He would study the bible to the early mornings, and sometimes I would stay up until I got tired. He had one wall just full of different sources to help him study the bible. His studies were usually ended up as papers or it was to assist him with sabbath school. My Grandma on the other hand, I have only seen her read the Bible, and that I believe was sufficient to help her understand the Lord. I see through their daily life that they are both strong in their faith. As a child, my grandpa did in engrave in me that you need to study out the bible. The small congregation was full of elderly folks about 8 to 10 people max, they did not come empty handed, they brought not only their bibles but also a note pad to write down anything during the sermon that spoke to them and what they needed to check on later. They would talk about the sermon after church and they asked lots of questions. I don’t know what it is but I no longer see that in the churches that I have gone too, maybe it was the generation that filled that small congregation. We get comfortable in our walk with God, feeling that we don’t need to go deeper, so we just get our fill at church or other meetings. We say that Faith is by Grace and that we don’t need to work at our faith, but a relationship with the Lord you need to work at it along with having grace. I have found that it’s not only comfort that says we don’t need to go any further into subjects that make us think and study but it is also that we are being told that it’s no longer needed to be studied out, either someone else did that or that it is no longer relevant to our lives today. I was like that person described, not picking up my bible other than for bible class to do some small research and then put it on the shelf to collect dust. When I don’t read my bible every day I forget the person I am or supposed to be. But I have noticed that my Faith has grown deeper and differently than when I was a child or when I first got married to my husband.
What are Seventh-Day Adventist(SDA)
“SDA accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the protestant convictions Sola Scriptura-the bible as the only Standard of faith and practice for Christians. Currently, Adventist hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories, the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events. In each teaching, God is the architect. Who is wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity.”https://www.adventist.org/en/beliefs
They use Ellen G. White writings as another major source of information to help understand the word and sometimes I find that they used to be more restrictive in certain subjects like modesty, jewelry and the biblical feast. The older books that haven’t been compiled are more accurate to what she was talking about, but the compiled books have been misinterpreted but used so often. I do use Ellen G. White on certain subjects contained in Revelation, the Great Controversy, and sometimes to get a different perspective on characters in the Bible. The bible doesn’t always need to have another source of information to help you to understand what God is saying, more than half the bible is simple and clear to understand.
How Has my faith Changed!
It is mentioned in the brief description that there is 28 fundamentals, and if you go their page it will describe what they are. I will say that what has changed for me, is that I don’t keep the trinity which is the 2nd Fundamental, and that I do keep the biblical feast (which is not talked about in church). I feel those two things have set me apart, even though they might be small they are huge differences. My Faith isn’t defined by a church and/or a denomination. I am a religious person whom is more described as Hebrew faith, but still go to the same church filled with people I love.
God created us all differently both physically and mentally, he allows us to see things differently too. So, don’t be afraid to have a different stance than someone else, there isn’t anything wrong with having a different idea. Study the bible out of yourself, your faith isn’t someone else’s faith.
“And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the savior of the world” John 4:41
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