Since I began studying church history and theology many years ago, I have been aware that there are a great many versions of just what "the Gospel" is. And participating on these various forums reinforces that. So, just what comprises "the Gospel" depends on the individual and group presenting it. What constitutes "faith in Jesus" means one thing to one person or tradition and something almost entirely different to another. Considering this, I have really become weary of denominationalism. I cherish the Baptist principles, and I have loved to study history and doctrine, and I still think doctrine is very important....... but I am coming to the place where I wonder if it would be best to try to have a basic statement of belief that most or all could agree on, like the Apostles Creed, and then just let everyone believe as he/she is lead. Certainly that would cut way down on the hostility exhibited between and among the various viewpoints. And then Christians could spend our time loving one another and showing the fruits of the spirit rather than acrimoniously trying to convince each other that our particular version of "the Gospel" is right and everyone else's is wrong. So, let me ask this: Is there anyone here who could not affirm the Apostles Creed? Traditional English Version I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN. Modern English Version I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN.