How to Personally Interact With Nicene Theology and the NHI Statement of Faith
∑ In many ways, the Nicene Creed is the source from which all Christian theological
reflection has flowed. Here is an
article which explains it well.
why NHI goes back to theology at the
time of the Nicene Creed. You agree with the
Nicene Creed (325 AD) along with all Trinitarian
Christians and understand how it came about.
Option 1: Full
comfortable with expressing the gospel in these terms and living out
Jesusí mission this way.
∑ You'd like to do ministry out of this paradigm,
and also understand your churchís tradition and how it might still be
∑ You understand
your own churchís tradition as a subset of Nicene theology. You prefer to express things
o For many
Protestants, Jesus died as a penal substitute rather than an
ontological/medical substitute, as the early Christians expressed
it. Or the two exist together.
o For some,
Godís sovereignty means that human beings donít have free will, that God
caused the fall, that God predestines some for salvation and others for
non-Christians ask you for answers to questions about human free will,
the fall, Godís character, evil, suffering, and hell, you offer them
both positions: (1) your own position and (2) the Nicene position. Thatís because non-Christians might find the answers given by
earlier Christian theology more appealing or understandable. So, rather than
provide them answers from only your subset of the church, you also open the
door to the broadest common Christian tradition. Then you leave it up to
them. If the person comes to Jesus, then we all rejoice with the angels