Statement Of Faith
I believe in a singular God (that is a singular God that is actually 3, in 1. Namely Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But thats difficult too have you read the bible its complicated. anyway monotheistic), and that this God created the entire universe. I believe that he made everything good, including people. I believe that God uniquely made humans in his image, and he made them very good. I believe that human sin was the catalyst by which stuff that is not good entered the world, and that it is sin that continues to separate people from a true and undivided relationship with themselves, with others and with God.
I believe that Christians are people who are covered by the blood of Christ: This is to say that because God’s son died, the price of sin has been paid. Christians have been reconciled to God because of Jesus’ crucifixion, it requires no action on our part but to confess our sins to him and turn from them.
I believe that Jesus’ sacrifice occurred for two very simple reasons: 1- Because God loves people, and more precisely because God loves you. 2- Because God wants things back the way he wanted it in the first place. Jesus’ death and resurrection was an act of restoration, restoring our relationship with God. I believe that Christians have a role to continue and further the act of restoration and good creation, by telling the world about the good news of Christ.
I believe that Christ will return and restore all things to what God had originally intended, God will be in charge and suffering will have no place then. As a Christian I hope to follow Jesus’ teaching and live in that truth, and in what he describes as the ‘kingdom of heaven’ today.
About This Blog
I am a second generation Christian, and I first began to question and probe the recesses of my theology when I left home at 18. This Blog is not the resolution of that questioning but its continuation; a repository for thoughts and studies.
The title of the blog is designed to make reference to the popular Christian phrase ‘covered by the blood of Christ,’ as in redemption. Secondly the title refers to the ancient Jewish blessing ‘may you be covered in the dust of your Rabbi,’1 the blessing was spoken to a Rabbi’s disciples and describes a hope that they would follow their Rabbi so closely that they are covered in the dust from his sandals. Using it here I’m referring to Jesus as the Rabbi.
I feel that referencing these two things describes quite well my approach to studying the bible, which is to have faith in Christ for my salvation, basing my study in that knowledge I want to strive to know him better and be more like him.
I have an MA in Fine Art, and absolutely no training in theology.
1- I first discovered the phrase ‘covered in the dust of your Rabbi’ when exploring 1st century Judaism, I was trying to give context to my study of the bible. I’ve since seen the phrase pop-up more regularly and I’m glad that it seems to be becoming part of the Christian zeitgeist. But in the interest of giving credit where its due, it was through a book by the pastor Ed Dobson that I first encountered it.