I am a born-again, on-fire-for-the-Lord, radically-saved, devout, faithful, orthodox, cafeteria Catholic (but not of the liberal variety) — a true Christian.
The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God (but not the only word of God).
Jesus Christ is deity incarnate and died a sacrificial death to pay for the sins of all humans. No one can enjoy the eternal benefits of redemption apart from Jesus' redemptive work in his incarnation, sacrificial death by crucifixion, and resurrection.
I believe the Nicene Creed (except the part about God being a substance, and except the filioque cause).
I reject these teachings and doctrines...
- Sola Scriptura (scripture only)
- Sola Fide (faith only)
- Baptism is merely symbolic
- Eucharist (communion) is merely symbolic
- Pope is the Antichrist
- Bema seat judgment
- Sins are merely covered
- Salvation is juridical (legal) not actual
- Strong emphasis on allegory, symbolism, typology
- Premillennialism, rapture, young earth, global flood
I accept these teachings and doctrines...
- Purgatory (but not the Catholic wording)
- Catholic doctrines about Mary and the Saints
- Eucharist is literally the body and blood of Christ
- Sins are remitted via baptism
- Validity of many historical traditions
- And many more too numerous to mention
Why I am a cafeteria Catholic (instead of a head-in-the-clouds-and-sand Catholic defender). It's because these were not taught by Jesus nor passed-down by the apostles...
- Church hierarchy of bishops and pope
- Christians must become members of the Catholic Church (after baptism)
- Catholic Church sets rules for poor hapless Catholics to obey
- Clergy vs. laity
Other views of mine...
I am a philosopher (not affiliated or accredited by anybody), a scientific philosopher. My sources for truth: (1) modern science (but not its assumption of materialism), and (2) Biblical Christianity (not necessarily Protestant or Catholic). The domain of study is Christianity and the Bible.