“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:15,21 NASB)
ARIEL accepts the entirety of Scripture, from Genesis to The Revelation, as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. This includes keeping The Ten Commandments as well as other commands of YHVH in the first five books of the Bible, or the Torah.
For the purpose of maintaining general unity, ARIEL adopts the following statements of faith and doctrine.
- God: We believe in the one, true and only living God, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). We believe in the composite unity of the Creator and rest on the cornerstone of the Shema: “Shema Yisrael, YHVH Elohaynu, YHVH echad.” (Hear, O Israel, YHVH is our God, YHVH is one).
- The Sabbath: We believe that the seventh day of the week has been made holy (set apart) as the Sabbath, according to the Fourth Commandment, and that it is eternal in nature. The Sabbath was instituted at the beginning of creation (Genesis 2:2-3). We believe that the Creator commands that we rest and have a Holy Convocation (set apart gathering) on the Sabbath. The Holy Days (Moedim) outlined in the Torah are the only holy days of God, and are also eternal in nature and are to be observed annually at their appointed times.
- Messiah: We believe that Yeshua, or Yehoshua as He was named by His Hebrew parents (Joshua, Yahshuah, Jesus) is the promised Messiah of Israel and “the Word of YHVH made flesh.” We believe that He was the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Tanak regarding the suffering servant, and that He was miraculously resurrected by the Father from the dead.
- Sin: We believe that man’s disobedience to God has caused a separation between mankind and God and that it is only through His Word that we have been given a way back.
- Torah: We believe that the Torah is eternal and that Yeshua has made it very clear that it has not been replaced (Matthew 5:17-19). We believe that the nation of Israel is the chosen people of God and that Gentile people who come into relationship with God through Messiah are grafted into the tree of Israel and become part of Israel.
- Salvation: We believe that salvation must be worked on daily as we are told “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” We believe that there is eternal life in the presence of the Father for those who place their trust in His Word.
- Mikvah: We believe that the Mikvah (immersion) in the name of the Eternal God is an outward sign of our obedience to scripture and is not a one time event.
- Israel: We believe in the prophetic promises of the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, the restoration of the land, and the eventual salvation of all of Israel.
These are just a few tenets of the faith that we hold to be true at ARIEL. However, we are always learning as YHVH continually reveals His Word to us in these interesting times. Certainly, we know that some of our Scriptures are even “sealed up” until the last days when more will be made clear. Therefore, we try not to be too emphatic about controversial theological positions knowing that even our modern translations must be carefully checked against the original Hebrew texts to discern the intended meanings.
At ARIEL, we welcome you to join us in our journey of learning, discovery and ever drawing closer to our Father in Heaven as He opens our eyes and our hearts to love Him and one another.