What are your Core Beliefs?

Is your foundation the same as the Apostle Paul talks about?

by Stewart Topping

1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV)  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

With things moving so fast it is so hard to stay connected with any one thing.  Christianity is being attacked from all directions; TV, Magazines, Sitcoms, Movies and Newspapers where people have so different views.   Some are believers and some are not!  It’s no wonder that we have so many beliefs today.  Doctrinal difference’s are the biggest problem with Christians .

However we do have the choice of what we regard as our core beliefs, regardless of what Church we go to.   Paul said it quite well, that we must have the same foundation.

1 Corinthians 3:10 (KJV)  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

Here Paul is telling us that what he said is the foundation of our beliefs given to him by God in revelation.  (the mystery)  Core beliefs are very important things and can make the difference between Heaven or Hell.

Some just want a Fire Insurance policy, so they will escape Hell.  They don’t want to check the book themselves. Some say I can’t understand, it’s to hard.  So they take the word of someone else.  That why we have hundreds of Churches with different beliefs about salvation, the simple approach to making peace with God. But if you only believe what someone told you are your convinced that when you go to cash in the Fire Policy, God will take it.

It should be easy to establish our core beliefs.  Do a quick review, write done what you believe about salvation and then study your Bible to confirm it.  Stop and ask yourselves, what do I believe and why do I believe it?  You don’t believe every commercial on TV;  why is that?

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Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, COMMON SENSE, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain
  • Why the early bird gets the worm
  • Life isn’t always fair  and Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intention ed but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

  1. I Know My Rights
  2. I Want It Now
  3. Someone Else Is To Blame
  4. I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on.

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