I’m curious to get everybody’s opinions on the minimum requirements. I was raised Methodist, and here is their version of the Apostle’s Creed:
[quote]I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen. [/quote]
So from this it seems that in the minimum to be a Christian one must:
- Believe in a single deity that created the universe.
- Believe this deity had a son, named Jesus, who was conceived by supernatural means.
- Believe Jesus suffered for the sins of man, being tortured and executed.
- Believe Jesus was resurrected and now lives forever in the same place as the deity.
Is that it? I’ll add a few more, not from the Apostle’s Creed. To be a Christian one must:
- Believe human beings have spirits.
- Believe that spirits will either be damned to Hell forever or allowed to enter Heaven, also for eternity.
- Believe that all who accept Jesus as their Savior will enter Heaven or at least have the opportunity to.
- Believe that all who does not accept Jesus will automatically be sent to Hell, or at least cannot ever Heaven.
So what do you people think? Especially to the Christians on Forumosa, which of the above do you feel are necessary and which are not? Or do you have others to add?