Christians are united in one faith but there is quite a diversity of opinion about what that means. So this is what you get with me. I believe there are certain non-negotiables that separate the Christian believer from others, no matter if the others call themselves Christian. I ascribe to the Nicene Creed (with the word “catholic” referring to the universal church of believers, no matter their denomination), though it is not recited in the denomination I belong to. It covers the basics except perhaps not what I believe about the Bible.
I will say here that I affirm the inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy of the Bible. Even if you affirm the same, I warn you that you will, perhaps, find in some of my writings views you strongly disagree with. As I enter what I prefer to call The Late Middle Age (this “middle” requiring me to live into my hundreds), I find I know less about God and “how it all works” than I did when I was twenty. And so I am something of a laissez-faire Christian. I believe all truth is God’s truth, and there can be things learned from people with whom I disagree on some issues. I do have beliefs and opinions, which I will share, but I am not always looking for a reason to expunge someone from the roll that is called up yonder.
We Christians can be quite contentious among ourselves, but this is because we take truth very seriously. It is just that sometimes truth is hard to know this side of eternity. If it were simple, we probably wouldn’t argue about it. So I don’t mind disagreement, but I do not care for incivility, even toward those knuckleheads who are complete morons. I hope you will extend grace to me, because I admit here and now I do not know everything and some of the things I do know are wrong. But we may have to disagree on who exactly is wrong until the Archangel comes down and sets you straight.