My worldview and understanding of ultimate and universal truth as well as my understanding of metaphysics derives firstly and ultimately from the tenets of my faith, listed below.
When I first posted First Principles, Axioms and Syllogisms some assumed, inaccurately, that I arrived at my faith via reason. Just the opposite, I arrived at my faith and understanding and then out of curiosity used faith and reason to ponder other issues.
- Sola scriptura: “Scripture alone”
- Sola fide: “faith alone”
- Sola gratia: “grace alone”
- Solo Christo: “Christ alone”
- Soli Deo gloria: “to the glory of God alone”
T - Total Depravity: Sin pervades all areas of life, everything of man is corrupt and imperfect.
U - Unconditional Election: God is sovereign and all things are through his will.
L - Limited Atonement: The blood of the Cross is for the forgiveness of believers.
I - Irresistible Grace: God is sovereign, no human can resist his call.
P - Preservation of the Saints: We cannot even abandon it if it is truly received.
Christianity is properly defined through a Covenantal view
Scripture alone is sufficient for salvation, yet, two people can and often do read scripture differently, often wrongly. Therefore historic confessions and creeds aid in understanding the message and application.
I align better with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) than the Reformed Church in America (RCA) but the RCA has good links.