About Seventh-day Adventists
|Seventh-day Adventists are a faith based group of Christians that strongly believe in and hold to the Word of God, The Bible, as their guide and shield in practical life situations and as their defender and champion in spiritual controversies. We believe that the Bible is the only source and sure foundation for our beliefs. Seventh-day Adventist’s believe that the Word of God teaches chiefly, that God loves you supremely and gave Himself (in death) for your salvation (eternal life), because He would rather experience death, than not have you with Him, where He is. We also hold that God greatly desires, you to have a clear picture of His character. When you see Him clearly, you will find His love irresistible. More than this: that when you clearly comprehend the depth, breadth, and length of God’s love for you, it will be nigh onto impossible for you to be lost. Seventh-day Adventists further affirm that the clearer your comprehension of God’s character the more His love will change you, into the image of His Son.
God most clearly reveals His character in three great events. The first is His creation of man and woman--and His giving them the freedom of choice. He created humans with the ability to choose to love Him or to hate Him! The death of Jesus Christ, God's only Son, on the cross as our substitute is the second great event. In that act He paid the penalty we deserve for our hateful choices toward God and His ways. Jesus' death guarantees forgiveness for those choices and allows us to spend eternity with Him. The third event confirms the first two and fills every heart with hope: Christ's tomb is empty! He is alive, living to fill us with His love!
God’s character can be clearly seen throughout His Word, in a number of ways. God can be heard through stories told, such as in the record of Joseph and his life’s trials, David and King Saul, Ruth and Boaz, the life and death of Jesus Christ, and the missions and experiences of the apostles in the first century Church. God speaks directly to us through his Word by commandments and specific instructions as in the Ten Commandments (found in the twentieth chapter of Exodus), and in admonitions of the Lord Himself, while on earth. On other pages the Bible gives God's practical advice and encouragement through parables, lists, promises, and warnings, which also speak volumes of God’s love and care for us, his creation. Amazingly, though many different writers throughout thousands of years wrote the Bible, each page describes the same God in ways we can understand and apply in our lives today. This book is always His voice talking personally to anyone who is willing to read and hear.
In a world that is always changing, it is an awesome comfort to know that Jesus never changes. When we can’t seem to count on our friends, business associates, politicians, police, and even ecclesiastic officials- to uphold moral truths, not to mention simple ethical guidelines, it is a comfort to understand that Jesus Christ is Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, Friend, God's Son, and God Himself and that these facts can be relied on, forever! Jesus will never lie to you, steal from you, or cheat you out of anything; He simply and completely loves you, and that was true long before you were born, is true now, and will always be true. How can this knowledge, not be “good news” and comforting?
Seventh-day Adventists believe that Jesus is one of the three persons, called the Trinity, who make up our one God. The Bible describes Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as each being committed to our growth as Christians and to our salvation as their children. They made this salvation possible when Jesus came to Bethlehem as a human baby. He lived a life perfectly in accord with God's will and then died innocently for all of our sins. He was placed in a borrowed tomb, but He came back to life three days later. Now he is in heaven interceding with the Father for us, preparing for our deliverance from sin and death.
God loves you, and wants to give you the highest quality of life imaginable. When God thought of you, long before you were born, or even hoped for, by your great, great, great grandparents, He wanted you to have (gave to you) special talents and skills that would (and do) help you become a unique and indescribably valuable individual. These may be your ability to teach, your love for others, or your leadership skills. Still, whatever special gifts you have received, God has also provided all of the energy and wisdom necessary for you to use them well. The life that God desires you to live here and in the life to come, in the new heaven and new earth, is so abundantly full of love, kindness, peace, and one-ness with God that the mind cannot comprehend all the goodness’s of God.
God loves you and wants to spend time with you. Like a dear friend, or beloved family member, God wishes you to spend time with Him. While, God hears what you say, see’s what you do, even knows what you’re thinking, He still desires you to talk personally with Him. He wishes that you might come to know Him better, through the reading of His Word and by this dialogue fulfill His desire that you be with Him, where He is. God is love; you can be sure that he wants nothing but goodness for you. He asks you to come to Him and reason with Him about your conflicts and desires. If He has numbered the hairs of your head, do you not think He cares greatly what you do, say and think?
These are a few of our beliefs about God, from our study of His Word. A complete list of doctrinal beliefs and biblical sites can be found by clicking the “Adventist Beliefs” button below. You may also find the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference site (www.adventist.org) to be an invaluable repository of knowledge.