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Beliefs



Sacred Narratives

With many other Christians, most Baptists view the world through an overarching narrative of creation-fall-redemption. God created the world good, including human beings. Though the entire creation was corrupted through evil, God has responded by acting redemptively in Jesus Christ.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Baptists share with other Christians belief in one, triune God (Father, Son [Jesus Christ], Holy Spirit), the sovereign and supreme being. Most Baptists also believe in the existence of angels (good and evil), and the devil.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Baptists believe that human beings were created good, and this included being created for worshipful relationship with God. Though human beings chose to rebel against God and assert their own will, the true purpose of human existence is to love and worship God in word, thought, and deed.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

With many other Christians, Baptists believe that God created the world good, that contrary to God's ultimate desires the world is now corrupted by evil, and that "in the end" God will triumph over evil.

Afterlife and Salvation

Baptists believe that because of our sinful state, all human beings stand in need of salvation. The way in which salvation is realized is through personal, entrusting faith in Jesus Christ. People who so trust in Christ will be saved; people who do not trust in Christ will enter into eternal condemnation.