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Articles of Faith

Throughout the years since 1993, Veridicanism has shifted and changed as I (Edward Gordon) sought to understand the revelation of what it was that had been given to me. The Two Tenets, to me, are facts. They are axioms about God and the purpose of humankind. No other articles of faith I hold in my heart may contradict them. That said, here is what I believe in addition to the Two Tenets, and since I am the only Veridican (aside from my wife), these articles are the de facto Articles of Faith for Veridicanism:

My intention here is not to deliberately separate myself from the mainstream Christian faith, but to be as honest as my mind will allow me in stating exactly what I believe is true. Where there is commonality with the universal Christian Church, I am pleased. Where there is disagreement, I defer to my conscience and to the only understanding which God has allowed me.

Two Tenets of Veridicanism

1. Deus est substantia

God is monistic in his nature. That means God is the only substance. God is the only thing that is fully real, and God is the substance of all things. All other things that appear to exist are in fact modalities of his substance.

2. Esse Sicut Christus

To be like Christ. The human purpose for every individual is to become like Christ, to become in spirit like Christ was in spirit, forever moving toward our example of perfection, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God

God is monistic in his nature. That means God is the only substance. God is the only thing that is fully real, and God is the substance of all things. All other things that appear to exist are in fact modalities of the attributes of his substance.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Teacher, the King of the Kingdom of God in heaven. The Savior of Souls, the example for human beings, the Lord, and the Son of God, who is God on Earth. He lived during the time of the Ancient Roman Empire, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He died, but he rose to life again three days later and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of Glory.

The Holy Trinity

God expresses himself to human beings through three attributes of his substance: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is the creator and sustainer of the universe. The Son is the Consciousness of God as the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the Communicator of God, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the presence of God in our minds. These are three attributes of the Divine Substance, but they are all the Divine Substance.

Salvation

Salvation is the choosing of a human soul by Christ to live eternally with Christ in the Kingdom of God.

Evidence of his choosing is signified in us when we believe in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, realize our sin, and honestly desire to be forgiven by Christ and reborn as a new spiritual entity to live with him forever in his kingdom

The Veridican Canon

The Canon of Veridicanism includes the following:

  • New Testament Gospel of Matthew
  • New Testament Gospel of Mark
  • New Testament Gospel of Luke
  • New Testament Gospel of John
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • The Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ

The authorized translations of the above canon can be derived from the King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611), or the New American Standard Bible (1995 Copyright), the 1992 Marvin Meyer translation of The Gospel of Thomas, and the 2012 Black Spirit publication of The Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ in paperback.

Christ Only

Veridicans only follow Christ as revealed in the texts of the Veridican Canon. All other early Christians and Jewish writers, especially as recorded in the Holy Bible are essential for understanding historical context and providing wisdom, but all Veridican theology is based solely on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.