Re: Are the SDA a cult or just heterodox?
Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 7:51 am
I'm glad to answer any question you have, though I don't always have PROOF for everything "Adventist" as I don't hold to ALL "Adventist" beliefs...especially since most are what people THINK Adventists believe.LittleHamster wrote: ↑Fri May 11, 2018 4:16 amWow, I just found this thread and now realize what all the fuss was about I'm learning about the SDA !
I have some questions for Bavarian (but these are more personal questions rather than doctrinal).
Were you brought up in the SDA as a child ? If not, how did you get involved with the SDA ? Why do you follow your particular religious denomination over the many other ones ? Is it because friends and family are involved? Is it because that from what you read and understand about the teachings that this is the better church to be in ? Have you been born again ? Have you received the Holy Spirit ? Have you received any supernatural signs from above which may indicate you are on the right track ?
BTW, You don't need to answer these if you feel the questions are too personal.
I grew up Adventist. My parents were both Adventists, but their parents converted from Catholicism.
Of course I have my friends and family that are involved...though I have many friends of differing Christian denominations.
I stick with Adventism for 2 reasons:
1. I believe the Sabbath is still part of the Decalogue and is binding in the sense that the law makes us AWARE of sin.
2. The stand Adventists hold on the Immortality of the Soul. We do not believe the soul is immortal and "survives" death. The soul is exactly what the bible explains it to be in Genesis. Dirt + Breath = a living being/soul. Prove that a wrong reading and I'll seriously think about changing my mind.
The rest of my beliefs, I think, mend well into mainstream Christianity.
I have been born again.
Have I received the HS? That question gives me visions of Pentecostal beliefs of speaking in tongues to prove having received the HS etc. No, I don't speak in tongues and I don't have any special encounter that leads me to believe I have received the HS in any ethereal manner. I have what my heart tells me and I have peace. I believe THAT to be the indwelling of the HS.
Supernatural signs...I believe God has blessed me and my life, my family. I have prayed for certain situations and at times, my prayers have been answered to my satisfaction. I've also prayed in other situations and not received what I wanted, but that hasn't lead me to believe it's because I'm on a wrong path. I've not experienced a burning bush, nor a parting of waters, etc. My life is blessed despite my stubbornness now and in the past. I was out of the church for a few years and I believe I was lead back to my Church, even though I enjoyed other, more progressive denominations on that journey back.