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In any lifetime, there are innumerable influences on who we are, on how we behave, and on what we believe. Because of this, everyone is unique, and individual like no other, and broad categories, while useful, must be woefully inaccurate. I am reminded of the joke – all too believable – about the man walking across a bridge one day, when he saw another man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So the first man ran over and said, “Sop! Don’t do it!” “Why shouldn’t I?” the second man said. The first man answered him and said, because there was so much to live for.

The would-be suicide said, “like what?”
“Well, are you religious or atheist?”
“Religious.”
“Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?”
“Christian.”
“Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?”
“Protestant.” 
“Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”
“Baptist!”
“Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God, or Baptist Church of the Lord?”
“Baptist Church of God!”
“Me too! Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?”
“Reformed Baptist Church of God!” 
“Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?” 
“Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915!”

At which, the first man pushed the second man over the edge of the bridge, shouting, “Die, heretic scum!”

It’s the details which catch you out.

Don’t get me wrong, generalisations are sometimes very useful, but only if they are recognised as generalisations and that within them, unique individuals may not fully conform to the norm, or to the average.

So when I came to write this Credo, as a statement of my personal beliefs, I first turned of course to