September 11, 2016

Trust vs Belief

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 10:50 am

Peter Enns is a Bible professor at Eastern University, a prolific author and blogger, and an evangelical Christian. He is a mainstay of my blog reading habits, and I have just read his latest book The Sin of Certainty.

Pete has much to say about the value of trust over belief. I could paraphrase his arguments, but instead I will just direct you to this video from his recent blog post:

Pete Enns | Trust from Chalk & Table on Vimeo.

The Lutheran church, like the Roman Catholic church from which it sprang, is a credal church. Although it seems to have disappeared from many ELCA church liturgies lately, until recently one of the traditional creeds was spoken at every service. This got me thinking how different the Apostles Creed would sound and feel to us on Sundays in church if it were a statement of trust instead of belief. So here is my humble suggestion for a reimagined Apostles Creed:

I trust in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I trust in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I trust 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.

I like this version much better. Maybe it would make we mainline protestants more comfortable with being credal denominations. More importantly, maybe it would help us all to live our lives trusting in God, not just believing in God.

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