Thursday, May 10, 2012

Quadrilateral



I often listen to Creed by Third Day and Brandon Heath on repeat at work because the music and lyrics are so comforting.  When I'm having a rough day, it's a good reminder of who I am!  Earlier this week, some of the lyrics jumped out at me.  "It is the very truth of God and not the invention of any man."  Made me think...WHY do I believe in God?  How would I explain my belief to someone who doesn't believe?

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral is a method of coming to a theological conclusion using four interconnecting sources:  Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience.  The following is how I apply the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to reach the theological conclusion that there is one true God:

Scripture

Scripture is the Word of God written by authors who were divinely inspired.  In the words of Pastor Steven Furtick, "There's a verse for that."

I believe in God the Father, Almighty Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth:
  • "To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever." Phillipians 4:20
  • "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
I believe in a life that never ends:
  • "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Tradition

The witnesses in the scriptures link us as followers together as a church, the priesthood of all believers.  We are the church!  The fellowship through worshipping with others and the traditions that have been carried on link us to those who have gone before us and who are now in Heaven with God.

Reason

I believe that the complexities of the universe and life are no accident:  the magestic beauty of all things in their natural state, the vast differences between blades of grass and elephants, the vast differences in humans, the complex organization of the human body, the cycle of nature, the perfect placement of our Earth in the galaxy.  It's more reasonable to me to believe that God created ALL things than it is to believe that everything was created by chance/coincidence.

Experience

Some say that "Seeing is Believing"  I can't see God, but when I am obedient to God I can see his favor work in my life.  Once I begin to see God's favor, I see it everywhere because I am finally looking for it.  You will not see something you are not looking for.  Seeing God's favor work in my life (and how God's favor stops flowing when I am disobedient) is all the proof I need!


That's why I Believe.  Why do you Believe?



 
 
 
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7 comments:

  1. i believe in Jesus Christ, crucified and raised from the dead--and by my belief in his final work i am saved by grace and all the other things you so wisely listed!

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    1. Isn't it great to know who you are?! So peaceful not having to search for my identity....my identity is in Christ! I am who my Father says I am!

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  2. I really appreciate you sharing different songs & videos. I love rock music & was listening to the radio on my way to work one day. They lyrics were so violent. I said to myself, "What am I listening to?". I turned to the Christian radio station and have been slowly expanding my music base so that it is more positive. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. I agree Jaime. Once in a while I'll listen to mainstream music, and it just drains my spirit. There's some really great Christian Rock music, even great Christian Rap music. The best way I found to expand my Christian music base was to listen to Pandora...starting with songs I knew I liked...cause they'll suggest similar songs and it really builds on your base and expand. Enjoy! God Bless!

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  3. I don't really know. Believing comes as naturally as breathing to me. :-)

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    1. I never truly thought about WHY I believed either until I ran face first into the question and until God placed someone in my life who didn't believe. Pondering why someone wouldn't believe truly made me want to define WHY I believed.

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  4. As a part of the Benediction at church the other week after preaching on Thomas, I read the Nicene Creed. It encompasses Scripture and Tradition in a way that encourages our faith when we have doubts. Those who had a long-standing relationship with the church loved it... even recited it with me. It was good.

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