Sharing a smile with the world
This section is included not to be contentious or provocative but to explain what ‘I‘ believe. I have a number of good friends who do not share my religious perspective, they are respected and valued regardless. The reader is welcome to peruse or discuss if that is appropriate.
I am of an ecumenical disposition and value diversity, counting among my friends people from differing religions including Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Seek plus Agnostic or people of no faith… An agnostic is one who believes it impossible to know anything about God or about the creation of the universe and refrains from commitment to any religious doctrine. An atheist is one who denies the existence of a deity or of divine beings.
I’m one of those individuals popularly tagged as a ‘Born Again Christian’. I am an evangelical fundamentalist and came to faith in my fifteenth year whilst attending a Presbyterian Bible Class Easter Camp at Tuapeka, South Otago. The radical transforming conversion which took place at that camp was life changing and continues all these years on. Based on my life experience, I am convinced about seven basics of my belief:-
- God Loves all people always equally.
- There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- The Church is the Universal body of all who believe in and confess Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.
- It is every Christians task to understand and care for Gods creation.
- The Bible is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative written Word of God, penned by man with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- We all share the responsibility of spreading the ‘Good News’ of Jesus Christ to those who have ears to hear and minds to think.
- It is our shared task to Love, Care for and Nurture each other as together we foster Peace, Good will and Understanding between all peoples.
Today I serve as a Parish Clerk and Lay Preacher of the Levin Uniting Parish. For information about Levin Uniting Church visit the web site www.levinuniting.church
The picture below is the very room where in I became a Christian. Its at the now disused Tuapeka School which was set up as a Presbyterian Bible Class Camp in 1963.
These old walls could tell many stories