About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Am A Christian
I am not a Christian
because of all the benefits that come my way by being a Christian, and
there are many. I am a
Christian because through both rational and spiritual means I have come to
understand that the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is the
ultimate, absolute, universal truth. Logic,
thus, dictates that I have no other intelligent choice but to submit
myself to God, with the assistance of the Spirit of His Son, Jesus.
Through a rational
pursuit of truth, I have come to believe that the Bible is God inspired,
historically reliable, intellectually significant, culturally relevant,
and trustworthy. This has led
me to the belief that the God of the Bible does, in fact, exist.
That being said, it takes more than a rational exercise to come to
the belief that God, who is spirit, actually does exist.
Logically speaking, if God is spirit, it takes some kind of
spiritual intervention to discover His reality.
Through a spiritual intervention, the Spirit of God has been placed
within me, and because of that, I not only know God exists; in a limited
way, I commune with Him.
Based on both rational
and spiritual processes, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ forms
the basis to how I view my existence in the material and spiritual
universe in which I live. Philosophically
speaking, it is not just my Biblical belief system that forms my
worldview, it is my relationship with God that dictates how I view and
live in my surrounding environment.
The Biblical worldview
to which I adhere states that God has created us in a shadowy image of
Himself, as the Hebrew text of Genesis 1:26 implies.
Similar to God Himself, then, we have both intellectual and
spiritual capabilities. Both
the rational and the spiritual are fundamental in the process of relating to
God. Some of us lean more to
the rational while others lean more to the spiritual.
It's a product of our individually flawed human
character traits, but neglecting or emphasizing one over the other can be
Emphasizing the rational
over the spiritual can lead to a dry, lifeless, belief system.
Emphasizing the spiritual over the rational can lead to a mysticism
that borders on the demonic. I
have seen such unhealthy over-emphases throughout the last fifty years,
and still see them today. For
me, I attempt to maintain a Biblical balance between the rational and the
spiritual. This balance has
brought me to the conviction that the God of the Bible, who is the Father
of the Lord Jesus Christ, is the ultimate, absolute, universal truth.
Submitting my life to Him makes me a Christian.