What I believe

                            defines me.

Explaining Ted...

My long-time close friend Stu gave me a Christmas gift - a professional cartoon of myself! How cool is that! And as you can see in this photo it captures all the things that make up me, Ted.

 

OK - so here is the twist.  I am a person of faith and I love scripture.  I think God intended the Bible to be so easy to understand that even a kid can "get it".  I work with the kids at our church weekly and really enjoy the simplicity of their faith.  In my circle there is one concept that almost everyone considers to be a "complex mystery" that even adults can't understand.  That is the trinity.  How can God be three persons... The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit... yet at the same time be ONE God?  Here is what I say to them...

 

Explaining the Trinity

... You know me as Ted.  You see what I am like on the outside, right?  My body.  I also have a brain that controls everything I do.  There is nothing I do that my brain does not initiate.  But the most important thing about me is who I am on the inside, right?  My personality.  What I like.  How I act.  If I lost my body in a car accident and all that was left was my brain... Ted wouldn't be Ted would he?  Or if my body survived and my brain no longer was functioning, you'd say, "Ted isn't in there anymore."  But most importantly, if I went through great trauma and became a depressed emotionless mess, you'd say "Ted isn't himself anymore" because those things about me, my inner self, my personality... is what really defines me. Even though the inner me is the most important... the only way you know my personality, ME,  is by interacting with my body... what I do, what I say, how I act. SO... if you can believe that "Ted" is made up of three distinct parts - body, brain, and personality - all of which are Ted - yet without any one of those parts "Ted just isn't Ted anymore".  Then why is it so hard to believe that God is three persons?  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

 

Jesus said:

   - He who has seen me has seen the Father - John 4:9

   - The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing - John 5:19

   - I and the Father are one.  John 10:30

 

And we are made in His image.  Genesis 1:27

 

Knowing God

What about someone who says "that is fine for you to believe in your version of God.  But I have my own version of God that I believe." Does that really make sense? Would that work for you and me? I love all the things illustrated above. Musical instruments, computers, the Bible, etc.  What is one of my friends said they truly love being my friend and bought me a football because they say I love football.  But I don't love football.  And they take away my guitar which I love to play... and give me a bag-pipe because they think I love to play the bag-pipes. (My cousin plays the bag-pipes, but I am not that talented.) Wouldn't that be crazy? So why is it OK for any of us... me, or you, or someone else... to decide what God's personality is like. What He loves. What He hates. In order for us to truly know God, He would have to reveal Himself to us and we would have to learn what He likes and dislikes. Otherwise we are more likely to offend Him and diminish His true personality by making up a version of God that is not really... well... God.

 

My faith rests in the Bible being the inspired Word of God. It is the way that God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. It is how we can learn about His love, holiness, passion for truth and righteousness, His worthiness of our worship and adoration, and His pursuit for our restoration. I do not want to invent my own version of God. I want know Him and make Him known.

 

-Ted 

 

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
- John 17:3 (NIV)

 

I want to know Christ-yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
- Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)

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