I hear the term Fundamentalist thrown around so often I decided to dig in a bit and see what people often think this means. For all intents and purposes I consider myself a Fundamentalist… in that I believe the core fundamentals of Christianity. What I find more often is that the term is used with the attempt to imply that the said Fundamentalist is maliciously intolerant. We seem to be the only group who is not allowed to be intolerant, but that’s another subject all together.
A fundamental is something found at the core, most often associated with music. In belief systems it simply means that we adhere to the true beliefs.
So, what are the fundamental beliefs of Christianity?
1 – There is only one God and no one should be worshiped but Him. This is simple, is it not? God is God… Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the triune, one God. No one else should be idolized, prayed to (this includes Mary and the Saints) or honored in such a way that would be considered worship.
2 – The Holy Bible is the written word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Since the Bible is the only foundation for Christian faith, you either are a Christian and you believe that the whole Bible is true, and inspired by the Holy Spirit, or you aren’t a Christian. There’s absolutely no in between.
3 – Christ was born of a virgin. The Bible says, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost….. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”‘. (Matthew 1:18-23). This is faith at it’s most challenged. We have no record of any person being conceived without sexual relations, save Jesus.
4 – The miracles of Christ are historic events. From the turning of water to wine to the resurrection of the dead (including His own) the miracles catalogued in the Bible were events that occurred in history, not simply stories. We must take the Bible literally.
5 – The Death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ. At the very core of our faith lies the most important truth; the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, Jesus. Without this we are no different than any other religion worshipping a dead god. This belief separates us and makes us unique.
Do you believe all of these? If so, congratulations, you are a Fundamentalist! It’s a bit more difficult to hear that word and think negatively once you realize it describes you isn’t it?
It’s about time Christians stop being ashamed of their faith, and essentially, their God. I’m a Jesus freak and I am in no way ashamed to tell the world. I believe that it’s wrong to commit sexual immoral sins. I believe it’s wrong to be a drinker, smoker, drug user. I believe it’s wrong to cuss. Why should I be ashamed? Have I at one time or another committed any of the aforementioned sins? Absolutely. Do I make habit of any of them? Absolutely not. We must try with everything we are to be good examples of Christ on earth. Go forward today, unashamed. Tell SOMEONE you love Jesus and you aren’t afraid for them to know it. Ask someone if they know Christ as their savior. Be a crazy, radical, off the wall fundamentalist Christian!