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I wrote a paper for my Judaism, Christianity, and Islam class recently and here it is.

This I Believe: The Scott Mills’ Creed

My heart beats for one central belief. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:2 (Message) “I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.” My heart echoes with Paul’s. Jesus is enough for me, and my total and complete faith in him defines my life and my beliefs, my morality and my ethics. “Jesus and who he is” is the God Man walking and talking and ministering on this Earth. I believe if Jesus is reduced to anything less than this than he is a liar, not a good teacher. Jesus claimed to be God of the universe, and if he is not that he is a lunatic, not someone we can learn from. “Jesus and what he did” is his salvific atonement for the inherent separation of people from God. His death buried my sin and my shame forever and his life added to me his righteousness in the sight of the Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty. Martin Luther referred to Jesus’ crucifixion as “The Great Exchange.” Jesus took my death and I received His life. This is why He cried out and asked God why He had forsaken him. In that moment, in that exchange, he carried the weight of the sin of the world and for the first time felt the separation from His Father. I received Jesus’ life when He rose and ascended to Heaven free from sin and having conquered evil’s greatest power, death itself. Sin and death now has no power of me and I am clothed in the freedom of Jesus’ cross.
My thoughts and beliefs about Jesus completely effect how my life is defined. Jesus said for me to love the Lord God with all that I have. That shows me how to relate to God. Jesus said for me to love my neighbor as myself. That shows me how to relate to people. Taking both of these commandments to heart and putting them into action results in a life that is pleasing to God. I believe many of the commandments in the Old Testament Jewish law are “old hat” and in no way culturally relevant to a post modern Church. However, I do not forsake the 10 commandments that God gave to Moses. I believe these 10 commandments are in my DNA as a Christ follower. These commands flow out of my life as I love God and love people. If I am loving my neighbor, more clearly defined as every person I come in to contract with, as myself then I cannot murder them or steal from them. If I am loving God with everything that is within me then I cannot place an idol before Him.
My culture calls what I believe Christianity. I look around and feel ashamed to call it that sometimes knowing that what I believe is so different than what many Christians believe. I define myself as a follower of Jesus Christ. I live by his ways and am found in Him.

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