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the 4 Spiritual Truths

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 20, 2005

Thanks to Graham for posting on this…Nelson Kraybill has written a anabaptistic version of the 4 spiritual laws.  I’m not into reducting the Gospel to cogent points, but I enjoy the contrast between the two sets of spiritual "laws."

1. A God of love made you and me in his image as a good part of
creation. God wants us to live at peace with our Maker, our world and
one another.

2. Sin destroys harmony in creation when we try to
run our own lives apart from God. Suffering, greed, violence and broken
relationships result.

3. Jesus died on the cross because he
confronted the powers of sin that fracture our world. Jesus healed the
sick, forgave enemies and lived in the joy of the kingdom of God.

4.
You can have a new beginning by the same power that raised Jesus from
the dead. God forgives when we confess our sin, and the Spirit of God
enables us to follow Jesus in all of life.

Read the full article by Kraybill here.

I am very attracted to the richness of the anabaptist view of the atonement…anabaptists recognize that in Christ, it is humanity (rather than God’s disposition) that is transformed).  I like this list of 4 spiritual laws and will probably use it with Christians more than "non-Christians."

Here is the "Sinner’s Prayer" for these 4 Spiritual Truths:

God, I have sinned by turning away
from you and trying to run my own life. Separated
from your love, I am shaped by the powers of
greed, lust and violence that bring chaos to the
world. Forgive my sin and let me start anew.
Thank you for your Son Jesus, who defeated Satan
and brought the kingdom of God to reality. Give
me power to live like Jesus-loving the enemy,
sharing possessions, serving others, caring for creation
and speaking Good News of your salvation. I
commit myself to the church as the body of
Christ. I give allegiance to Jesus and his way of
forgiveness above every other loyalty.
Amen

I love it. (I’ve highlighted the part that excites me the most).

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One Response to “the 4 Spiritual Truths”

  1. Sivin Kit on September 24th, 2005 9:22 am

    Thanks I found this helpful!

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