We Believe

Painting by Leo Man (Navajo)

The Story We Believe…

Our Father and Creator, the One Above Us All, made all things in the world above and the earth below.

Jesus is his special born Son, who was fathered by the Holy Spirit and was born into this world through a virgin named Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, a ruler of the Roman people, who had him nailed to a tree pole, the cross, where he bled to death.

He was buried and then went down to the world of the dead.

On the third day he came back to life, never to die again.

He returned to his Father in the world above and sat down at his powerful right hand. One day he will return to this earth to make the final decision about the fate of the living and the dead.

Jesus, after he went to the world above, sent the Holy Spirit to us from the Father, to live in and through us.

There is only one holy and world-wide group of believers in Jesus—a Sacred Family—called his Church. All of the Great Spirit’s holy people sit together equally in this Family and share his Sacred Food at his table.

He has forgiven us and set us free from all of our broken ways, and all who believe in him, even though they cross over to death, will be brought back to life again, to a life that will never end.

Aho and Amen.

The Sacred Book—tells us that there is only one Great Spirit who is the Creator of all things seen and unseen. In his great unity he has revealed himself as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

As Father—He is the originator of everything.

As Son—He has always existed and is the image of the invisible Creator. He came from the Father and was born into this world as a true human being. He was given the name Jesus, which simply means Savior. He defeated the powers of darkness, who ruled the nations of this world, through His death on the tree-pole, the cross. His life-blood, poured out on the cross, purifies our hearts and minds and heals our broken ways. He defeated death by rising from the dead after three days and then He returned to the Father above to sit at his powerful right hand.

As Holy Spirit—He ‘breathes’ His breath into us and pours his love into our hearts, to give us the strength we need to live in the way of Jesus and have the life of the world to come, full of beauty and harmony. He renews in us the spiritual powers and gifts needed to help us heal the sick and set free the ones who have been bound by the accuser Satan. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and the Son.

The Good Road (The Kingdom of God)—Jesus suffered under our sins and bore the brunt of mankind’s violent and evil ways. All the worthless ways of this world were exposed and put to death in Jesus—the old creation died in him—all the way back to the first humans, Adam and Eve. In his resurrection Jesus was the first-born of a new creation, restoring human beings back to Creator’s original purpose. Since then there has been a new way of thinking and walking in the light of this new creation, a new kind of government—one of righteousness and justice. This is the Kingdom of God, or you might call it Creator’s Good Road. When Jesus returns he will bring this Good Road to its completion in all of creation. All who walk in the way of Jesus will receive immortal bodies, and there will be a new heavens and a new earth where death is no more. In the meantime he is ruling the nations from the world above (heaven) by his Spirit that is at work on the earth through his Sacred Family—the Church; the ones who have been called out from the worthless ways of this world and into his ways of peace, justice and righteousness.

The Sacred Book—called the Holy Bible is a collection of Sacred Teachings gathered together over many thousands of years from the beginning of History. It tells Creator’s story, from the perspective of the Jewish people, beginning from the creation of the world. It consists of the ancient Sacred Writings preserved by the Jewish people—commonly known as the Old Testament.

The Sacred Book also contains the writings about Jesus’ life and teachings and the lives and teachings of the first and closest followers of Jesus. All who follow the Jesus way agree that these writings are inspired by the Creator—commonly known as the New Testament.

This Sacred Book, also known as ‘The Holy Bible’, as interpreted by Jesus and his first followers, is the foundation of all we believe, practice and teach.

“All the Sacred Teachings, breathed on by the Great Spirit, help us to learn about His ways. They help us correct our wrong thinking and bring our lives into balance.  They show us the good way to walk on the road of life, so that those who follow the Great Spirit will see clearly how to help others.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 — First Nations Version.

As Human Beings—we are all small and weak. We don’t have the strength to walk the good road on our own.

Creator knows that our hearts are twisted together with good and evil and that we all have fallen short of the life of beauty and harmony He wants for us. He knows our greatest enemy is ourselves, and that left to ourselves we will all walk the road of death.

But Creator loves us so deeply that He gifted us with His Only Born Son to rescue us from the dark path of the death. He sent Him to bring us the life of the world to come, full of beauty and harmony.  This life is like a light shining in the darkness. It is the light of Jesus, and when we trust in and walk with Him we will no longer stumble in the darkness.

Creator wants us to see that we can’t walk the Good Road on our own. He wants us to receive the gift of life, His Son. If we will turn from our own path, return to Creator’s path, and believe that the Great Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, we will be on the Good Road of the Creator.