I stake my temporal life and my eternal destiny
the one true Great "I AM,"
the Father Almighty,
the Creator, Sustainer, and Re-maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
the Jesus who was,
the Jesus who always was,
the Jesus who is,
the Jesus who is to come,
God's only Son, the Lord;
conceived by the Holy Spirit, fully human and fully divine,
born of the virgin Mary, His mother, His daughter, His servant, His friend;
suffered under Pontius Pilate, and under the weight of the cup He did not refuse to drink;
was crucified, upon a tree He fashioned with the power of His Word;
was dead for He laid down His life of His own accord ~ it was not taken from Him;
and was buried;
He descended into Hades, leading captives free.
The third day He arose again from the dead, taking up His life again.
He ascended into heaven, returning to His rightful throne
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, who has given Him all authority,
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, who is a He, not an It;
the holy catholic church, which is His bride, His body, and His temple of living stones;
the communion of saints, not limited by geography or time;
the forgiveness of sins, their debt canceled, their remembrance drowned in a sea of forgetfulness;
the resurrection of the body, the final redeeming of this dust and clay as it exchanges mortality for eternity
and the life everlasting, either gloriously beyond our imagination in eternal love and holiness in Heaven, or horribly beyond our imagination in eternal wrath and hopelessness in Hell.
And I believe
that it's true
whether I believe it or not.