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Como iglesia cristiana, los adventistas son una comunidad de fe arraigada en las creencias descritas por las Sagradas Escrituras. Los adventistas describen estas creencias de las siguientes maneras:

Dios quiere que lo conozcas
El mayor deseo de Dios es para que usted pueda ver una imagen clara de su carácter. Cuando lo vea claramente, encontrará que su amor es irresistible.

Para muchos, «ver a Dios claramente» requiere que vean el rostro de Dios. Sin embargo, su apariencia no es la cuestión. Ver y entender su carácter es lo más importante. Cuanto más claramente lo concebimos, cuanto más nos encontraremos que su amor es irresistible. Al comenzar a experimentar su amor, nuestras propias vidas empezarán a tener más sentido.

Dios revela con mayor claridad su carácter en tres grandes eventos. La primera es su creación del hombre y de la mujer - y dándoles la libertad de elección. ¡Él creó a los seres humanos con la hablidad de escoger amarlo u odiarlo! La muerte de Jesucristo, Hijo único de Dios, en la cruz como nuestro sustituto es el segundo gran evento. En ese acto pagó el castigo que merecemos por nuestras elecciones de odio hacia Dios y sus caminos. La muerte de Jesús garantiza el perdón por esas decisiones y nos permite pasar la eternidad con él. El tercer evento confirma los dos primeros y llena cada corazón de esperanza: ¡la tumba de Cristo está vacía! Él está vivo, ¡viviendo para llenarnos de su amor!

El discípulo de Jesús Juan escribió que si todo el mundo escribiera todas las historias que sabían acerca de Jesús, todo el mundo no podía contenerlos. Nuestro conocimiento de Dios nos ayuda a entender su amor, carácter y gracia. Experimentar ese amor comienza una aventura de toda la vida en el crecimiento y servicio. Este conocimiento y experiencia apodera nuestra misión de decirle al mundo acerca de su amor y de su oferta de salvación.

Las Escrituras dirigen cómo debemos vivir
La Escritura es un mapa. La Biblia es la voz de Dios, hablando de su amor personal para hoy.

La Biblia habla instrucciones del Creador para nosotros, como un mapa detallado que muestra claramente la rampa de salida directamente al cielo. También es muy parecido a un manual del propietario para una vida listo para ser vivido con libertad.

A veces su voz habla a través de historias, como las de David y Goliat, Rut y Booz, la pequeña sirvienta de Naamán, Cristo en la cruz y el pescador Pedro aprender a cuidar las ovejas. Algunas de estas historias nos enseñan cómo manejar los problemas que enfrentamos cada día. Otros nos llenan de esperanza y de paz. Cada uno de ellos es como una carta personal de Dios para ti.

Las porciones de la Escritura son instrucciones directas y las leyes de Dios, como los Diez Mandamientos, registrados en Éxodo 20. Estos nos dicen más acerca de Dios y sus expectativas para nosotros. Cuando la gente le preguntó a Jesús para resumir estos mandamientos, se centró en la forma en que el amor de Dios afecta la manera en que vivimos. «Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, mente y alma», dijo. «Y amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo».

En otras páginas la Biblia da consejos prácticos de Dios y aliento a través de parábolas, listas, promesas y advertencias. Sorprendentemente, aunque muchos autores diferentes a lo largo de miles de años escribieron la Biblia, cada página describe el mismo Dios de una manera que podemos entender y aplicar en nuestras vidas hoy en día. Este Libro es siempre su voz hablando personalmente a cualquiera que esté dispuesto a leer y escuchar.

Dios nos ama incluso cuando elegimos a rechazar su amor. En esas ocasiones nos permite caminar lejos a la vida de nuestras propias decisiones. Sin embargo, él todavía está allí, siempre listo para redimirnos de los resultados de nuestras decisiones.

Cristo nunca cambia
Jesús es el único que nunca cambia en un universo que siempre lo hace. ¡Jesús es Creador, Sustentador, Salvador, Amigo, Hijo de Dios y Dios mismo!

Everything in this world is always changing, even our desires, interests, skills, and body shapes. But Jesus? He's consistent. He's always the same. Sure, He's always surprising us and touching our lives in thousands of new and different ways, but His character is unchanging. He's God's Son, the Creator, our Saviour, and Friend.

Jesus has promised to be all of that, and more, for each of us. We can trust His promises because He is God. When the words of Colossians say "in Him all things hold together" (1:17, NIV) that includes everything in our lives. He keeps us whole when the enemy is trying to make us fall apart.

Seventh-day Adventists believe that Jesus is one of the three persons, called the Trinity, who make up our one God. The Bible describes Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as each being committed to our growth as Christians and to our salvation as their children. They made this salvation possible when Jesus came to Bethlehem as a human baby. He lived a life perfectly in accord with God's will and then died innocently for all of our sins. He was placed in a borrowed tomb, but He came back to life three days later. Now he is in heaven interceding with the Father for us, preparing for our deliverance from sin and death.

When everything may be falling apart, when you feel totally alone in the universe, Jesus is right there in the center of it all, offering personal peace and hope. Allow Him into your life. He immediately begins "remodeling" who you are and how you live. Jesus, in fact, is busily transforming His followers into accurate representatives of God's character.

Look to Jesus, and you'll be looking into the understanding and loving face of God.

Lo que Dios quiere para usted
¡La visión de Dios para usted es la vida como él la vive! Dios le ama y quiere darle la más alta calidad de vida imaginable.

No, not a second-rate existence somewhere on earth, but the highest quality of life imaginable, here and in eternity with Him! That's what God wants us to have. The best!

This is why He provides church families where we can belong. This is why He gives each of us special gifts and talents, so we can live life fully. Amazingly, this is why He's concerned about what you're doing, when you're doing it, and how you relate to Him. God doesn't want anything to get in the way of our friendship. He especially doesn't want us to get involved in anything damaging or hurtful. He's like a loving father or a good big brother. He's someone who loves you so much that He's always looking out for you.

When God designed you, He included special talents and skills that will help you become a uniquely valuable individual. These may be your ability to teach, your love for others, or your leadership skills. Still, whatever special gifts you have received, God has also provided all of the energy and wisdom necessary for you to use them well.

By the way, how God feels about death is part of the quality life He offers. For followers of Christ, death holds no fear. Remember, Jesus defeated death on Calvary and has given us freedom from death. Cemeteries, then, are filled with followers of God who are in the "peaceful pause before the resurrection." Yes, they are dead, but that death holds no power over their future. Jesus is coming to take them (and those of us who are still living) HOME! Death is almost like a wintery promise of spring.

The Seventh-day Adventist faith in today and in the future comes from seeing this life "overflowing" with hope!

Because love is the key aspect of His character, God is also deeply into gratitude. Before we even finish saying thank you, He's already busy sending more blessings.

Dios le ama
In the heart of God is a place you can experience as home. God loves you, and wants to spend time with you personally, one on one, as two close friends.

Because you and God are friends, you will spend time together as friends do. Each morning you'll share a hello and a hug and discuss how you can face the day's events together. Throughout the day you'll talk with Him about how you feel. You'll laugh with Him at funny things and ache with Him over sadness and hurts. It's pleasant being God's friend, able to snuggle comfortably into the safety of your relationship. You can always trust Him to treat you well, because He loves you.

The seventh day (Saturday) is an extra-special part of the relationship. The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, describes the seventh day as the one day God has set aside for focused fellowship with His people. God has named that day "Sabbath" and asked us to spend it with Him. "Remember the sabbath day," He says, "to keep it holy." The Sabbath is a whole day to deepen our friendship with the Creator of the universe! A day when we're together, Jesus with us and us with Jesus.

There's another great truth about friendship with God. It doesn't end in a cemetery, for God is planning a homecoming better than anything we can dream. A homecoming filled with angels, trumpets, Jesus, and resurrections! He's promised to being His followers, those who have accepted the offer of His life-changing love, from this earth to His home, a place He calls heaven. A place where our friendship can go on growing forever, endlessly, joyfully!

Dios mantiene un álbum de su familia y la foto de usted está allí. Dios le ama y tiene un plan para usted.
El amor de Dios se trata de usted. Personalmente.

God made you and has a very special plan for your life. It's a plan that will fill you with hope, love, peace, and activity. In fact, when Christ paid the penalty for sin on the cross, that gave Him the right to claim you as His own. As a result, you can experience His love and priceless salvation freely and fully without limit.

By the way, pictures of everyone fill that album: Nepalese, Brazilians, Nigerians, Yupiks, Germans, people of every nation, culture, background, gender, hair color, and foot size. In God's eyes all are equally "children of the King"!

Salvation? God cleans away all our sins and replaces them with His goodness. We don't have to be "good" for Him to accept us. Nevertheless, we must accept His promise and allow Him to clean out everything the enemy has left in us. Then we begin to experience the transforming power of His love. It's like a giant war: one side pulling us toward empty pleasure and destruction, and God urging us to accept His offer of peace and purpose.
Remember, Jesus has already won the war. He is victorious! We celebrate His victory in our lives when we participate in the Lord's Supper. This meal includes three symbols:
 
  • EL lavamiento de los pies (que simboliza nuestro compromiso de amar a otros como Cristo nos ama),
  • El pan («y el pan que yo daré es mi carne,» dijo Cristo, «la cual yo daré por la vida del mundo,» Juan 6:51, RVR1995), y
  • El vino y jugo de uva («El que come mi carne y bebe mi sangre tiene vida eterna» John 6:54, RVR1995)

To help us understand how God can transform us into His children, Jesus modeled the process of baptism for us. Baptism symbolized dying to self and coming alive in Jesus. Seventh-day Adventists practice full immersion baptism because by being fully buried beneath the water we symbolize that God's grace fully fills us with His new life for the future. Through baptism we are truly born again in Jesus.


La vida eterna, la paz, el propósito, el perdón, la gracia transformadora, la esperanza: Todo lo que él promete es nuestro, porque él lo está ofreciendo y ha demostrado que podemos confiar en él para hacer exactamente lo que promete. Acepte sus dones y de inmediato se convierte en una parte activa de su familia, y con alegría élse convierte en parte de la suya.