What do you believe about the Bible, Jesus, and Salvation?

09 Nov

There are many areas of theology. If you were boil them down to the irreducible minimum, you would focus on three areas of question. What do you think about …

  • The Bible – Is the Bible the inspired word of God?
  • Jesus Christ – Is Jesus Christ both fully God and fully man?
  • Salvation – Can you get to heaven any other way than through the death of Jesus?

When a church or organization becomes liberal, they drift on one or more of these three doctrines.

Notes from an online course on the Gospel of John taught by Dr. Mark Bailey from Dallas Theological Seminary


3 responses to “What do you believe about the Bible, Jesus, and Salvation?

  1. Steven Hoyt

    November 9, 2015 at 8:26 am

    conservative, liberal … it doesn’t matter. using either term is to imply a genetic fallacy. instead, why we’d believe one think or another on any of these questions is from the reasons to believe or doubt them.

    1) it is irrelevant whether god inspired the bible.

    2) it is irrelevant whether or no jesus is the son of god.

    3) it is irrelevant whether jesus is a gatekeeper.

    because each has answers all supportable and believable but at odds, and because we can only believe rather than know, and because few of the beliefs are actionable, or if they are, insignificant, then these cannot be keys to salvation.

    there is no shared belief among every christian but that christ atones and how he does is determined communally; all theories supported by scripture.

    instead of using the word “liberal”, be closer to the truth: studying the developmental nature and history of christianity leads to doubting the truth-value of any answer we’d give these questions … and you’re more likely to see christian beliefs as ways to explore mystery rather than propositions we can answer and remove it.

    • wheelsms

      November 9, 2015 at 8:33 am


      While I appreciate your comments, you couldn’t be any more wrong. It matters greatly whether or not God inspired the Bible. If it is from God, it is truth. If it is from man, it is simply good stories but not to be trusted. It matters greatly whether or not Jesus is the Son of God. If he was just a man, he could not save us from our sins. If he is fully God and fully man as Scriptures testifies, he alone can die for our sins. It matters greatly whether or not salvation goes through Jesus. He is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through” him.

      Mark Wheeler

      “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” Jim Elliot

      • Steven Hoyt

        November 9, 2015 at 8:41 am

        you give the questions significance.

        and in saying jesus is the son of god, what will you do holding that belief that you wouldn’t do without it? if you’d follow his teachings either way, then his teachings are important, not the question of whether jesus is divine. if you would only follow his teachings because you think jesus is divine, then his teachings are literally insignificant on their own.

        why you place significance on that question is because of your beliefs about sin, salvation, and atonement. each christian community has different problems for christ to solve. they answer differently because of that, yet remain scriptural.


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