Originally posted by Pianoman1
As a non-believer I Would welcome views.
1) Do you have to believe that Christ was the Son of God?
2) Do you have to believe in the Immaculate Conception, Resurrection and Asumption?
3) Do you have to believe in the power of the Holy Spirit?
4) Do you have to believe in eternal Hell fire?
5) Do you have to believe in Genesis? (Creation, Noah et ...[text shortened]... e to the community?
10) Do you have to live as Christ, i.e. frugally, judiciously and lovingly?
I could answer your questions 1-10 individually, but to stave off repetition, let me give you the principles of the issue and see if they resolve your dilemma.
Although what a person holds as truth is very critical to whatever progress is to be made, I've not seen a single passage of Scripture that commands man to have perfect theology in order to be saved.
Such a situation flies in the face of a grace-oriented relationship in the first place, so I think it can be eliminated on that basis alone.
So it really comes down to what must a man do to be saved? The Bible has been exceedingly clear on this point, thankfully, even if the application is sometimes muddled by well meaning folks.
God has simply asked for an exchange. Instead of standing before Him on the merits of our own work, He has found a way to transfer His value to us... as long as we are willing to exchange our work for the work done on the Cross by the Lord Jesus Christ.
One can certainly make the argument how a person must first believe in the efficacy of that work done by Him, but I don't know that a person really is required to understand all aspects of His Personage in order to be willing to accept His work in exchange for our own.
I won't get into the intricate details of that 'abbreviated' belief versus the ascension to a more complete understanding of the Person and Nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, but the Bible is pretty clear that many folks had no idea Who He was while here and yet became Christians, nonetheless.
Suffice to extend the same latitude to any interested party today, is my general rule.