I am a Seventh-day Adventist and this is what I believe:
I was brought up in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but I was not always fond of its holistic biblical teachings and beliefs, because I always saw it as being very rigid and impractical. I guess this was how I also viewed the Bible.
However, it is interesting that the same fault that I picked at, when I was younger is actually what I appreciate the most about the Seventh-day Adventist Church now. Its portrayal of biblical truths in context and in full, is the sole reason why I remained a Seventh-day Adventist through my teenage years and still today.
The meaning I placed on such a belief comes from a logical and practical perspective.
Just think! If companies like Apple sends out with each device an instruction manual, that informs its customers about the maintenance care and functions, why would our Heavenly Father not leave inspired guidelines on how to live, to the one creation that was made in his own image?
Knowingly that sin would separate us from him, is it not logical then to assume that there would be something left (the bible), so we could bridge that gap (if we chose to).
Similarly, the gap in technology is bridged when the engineers, marketing and packaging team of Apple instructs it’s customer on the best way to use the device based on the how the device was made. If we had to figure out how to operate the device ourselves without any instructions, we may waste a lot of time and even use the device incorrectly and therefore miss the intended purpose of it.
Likewise, if I tried to figure out life and for example, the creation story, I may waste a lot of time to arrive at some of the basic truths found in Genesis chapter 1, and it would be far worst if I never knew I had a purpose outside of just existing. I would live my life contrary to its purpose and therefore I may never fulfill what God (The Creator) had in mind when creating me.
This is the reason why I have remained a Seventh-day Adventist. The entire bible in essence is my instruction manual through life. So in my attempt to find truth, the bible presents the best unchangeable truths.
Within the bible I have been confronted with multiple truths, which convicted me to know that the bible in its entirety is true and that in order to live my life in line with the purpose that was intended for me when I was created by God, I must follow the truth not in part but in full.
My search for truth has solidified my Adventism. As the Adventist church seeks to uphold the whole truth through doctrines whilst many other churches do not.
As we enter into our Week of Prayer starting this weekend – 14-21 November, let us think why we are Adventist and how our understanding of the bible has shaped our beliefs.
Let us also pray that as we go through the rest of the week, we will reflect Christ in everything that we do and say and subsequently people will see a clear difference in us and will be drawn to Christ because they can see Christ within us.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Have a blessed week.