Why is it important to know what you believe and why you believe it?  
Reply to two classmates with a minimum of 75 words per reply in 1st person.  For each classmate’s thread, answer the assigned prompt and offer the needed personal reflections required. For each reply, also completely address the areas noted in the prompt and provide helpful commentary and reflections on your classmates’ posts. Add and cite scripture, course materials and or research in each reply. 

Classmate 1: 
Why is it important to know what you believe and why you believe it?  
          It is important to know what your beliefs are and why you believe them for many reasons. One main reason is when the topic arises in conversation you are able to confront your beliefs with other people and you are confident in what you are sharing. When asked the tough questions you have the information available. In the reading, “Christian Apologetics” by Doug Powell, on page 22 he talks about three men who engaged in biblical conversation. One was an atheist and the other two were Christians. “The arguments and manner of Tollers and Hugo Dyson, the third friend, had a profound impact on Jack”. Jack, the atheist, “Over the next thirty years grew to become the most popular Christian apologist of the twentieth century.” The impact that the two Christian men had on Jack was substantial for his growth with God and he later wrote books for kids and adults to better understand God for themselves. 
Identify what you believe about God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ and why do you believe these things? 
          I believe God is almighty and our savior. He is our creator and heavenly father. The Bible is an extension of God and was created so that we can have a piece of God on earth. The Bible is a tool and guide but not a rule book. It should be studied, read, interpreted, and shared amongst everyone. Jesus Christ was sent to earth by God to show us the way and what it means and looks like to live as a Christian with biblical worldviews. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we can be saved. I believe all these things because this is how I was raised and what I was taught to believe in growing up in a church.  

Classmate 2: 
Discussion Thread: Beliefs 
     Being firm in what you believe is very significant and is especially important from a Christian perspective. In 1Peter 3:15 the Christian is commanded to "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (KJV). This means that the Christian seeking to glorify God in every aspect of life is to be diligent in study and in the work of the things of God; being ready to delineate and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is something that I think upon often as a Christain seeking to be faithful to God. My beliefs about God and Jesus Christ are defined by what is revealed in the 66 books contained in the Bible which I hold to be the inspired Word of God. In studying the Word of God I am led to believe that God is one in essence and three in co-equal and co-eternal persons (doctrine of the trinity), that Jesus Christ is the incarnate word of God and second person of the trinity, and that by His life of obedience and propitiatory death on the cross has purchased salvation for all the elect of God. The truthfulness of the scriptures and the witness of the Holy Spirit in my heart lead me to believe that all that is contained in the Word of God is true.