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You are doing some great research! I am quite encouraged by your post!
Our Lord tells us that we will be judged -- condemned or justified -- by what we say (Matthew 12:36-37). Who we are is always made manifest by what we speak (Matthew 12:34). Thus what we say exposes to others who we are and what we believe. You are wise to examine the church closely (cf Zechariah 8:16). Furthermore, it is good that the church at least attempts to present some explanation of their beliefs in written form -- most will hardly dare to take explicit stands on the what they believe. Indeed, it is for this very reason that they have attempted to express their doctrinal position. It helps you to look closely at them and understand who they are. It helps them to teach and preach consistently with that message.
I am a full subscriptionist of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. By my admission of that to you it helps you examine me. You will find that the more carefully churches hold to explicit statements of doctrine, the more certain you will be about who they are. It also allows their members to join with them in unity of faith and consistent practice.
Now, relative to your question on the destruction of the power of sin, I find reason to believe that this is a fairly well stated affirmation of Scripture relative to the question of sin. Through the cross, the penalty of sin making dead men alive (Ephesians 2:1-9; Romans 5:12-19), furthermore when we were once slaves of sin (John 8:34) He emancipated us (Romans 6:17-18). He has gifted us with everything we need to pursue righteousness (2 Peter 1:3). With this we have the blessed hope (confident expectation) that we shall one day be like Him (1 John 3:2). These truths keep us pushing forward in our pursuit of holiness (1 John 1:3).
Sin still is a hurtful thing, it has consequents, it is something we struggle with, but that struggle is in itself evidence of our God working in us.
Keep checking churches, ma'am! Study what they say. Listen to what they preach. Keep exposing those things to the light of the Scripture, our final and absolute authority.
Meanwhile, we will be praying for you and your son, ma'am.
Many will tell you to read the New Testament and then read the rest of the Bible.
Many also recommend the Book of John.
I think the Book of Mark is a good place to start. I would read it through and then I would start reading in first book Genesis and read on through. Do not get hung up on trying to keep track of all the names in the various lineages and don't get bogged down in too much detail this first trip through the Bible try to do more of an over view.
As you read remember the Old Testament is Jesus promised and the New Testament is Jesus fulfilled. Try to keep that in mind and see how everything in the Old Testament was brought to life by Christ in the New Testament.
Most of all read the Bible not to finish it but to fall in love with it. We never finish reading the Bible. If you find an exciting story stop reread it, think about it, and if you have someone ask questions about it. If not come on back here and we will see if we can help you.
As the old aphorism goes, "The New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed."
My advice is always: Start with the gospels. Then use the Pauline epistles to build sound doctrine. Then start working on some of the OT. Return to the gospels regularly, adjust your presuppositions again with the epistles. The Scriptures help correct our doctrine, and our doctrine helps us rightly interpret the Scriptures. It is an ever improving circle.
It is really hard to judge the beliefs on a church based on a few texts taken out of context. I can see accuracy in their statements as well as yours.
Perhaps if you told us the name of the church or where we could read the church beliefs in context we would be better able to give you an answer.
There is two judgments the Great White Throne and Bema seat judgment of Jesus.
Many denominations believe in a millennium and many don't.
I don't see Matt 27:52 as proving there are two different resurrections for the saints.
Since we all sin and fall short, sin is not the dividing line between eternal life and eternal damnation. John 3:16 clearly gives the dividing line. Belief in Jesus Christ to the point of being dependent on Him for the forgiveness of our sin and our eternal salvation
By definition God must have no beginning or end or creator. If there was a creator then the creator would be God instead.
John 1:1-3 (NASB)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Not to be argumentative but I think we give Constantine to much credit and/or to much blame.
The Lord's day, "first day of the week" was chosen long before Constantine came into being. Today I was reading a excerpt from Josh McDowell's book New Evidence that Demands a Verdict. In it Josh wrote one of the things that convinced him of Christianity was.
"THE LORD’S DAY: All the apostles were Jews, and for any Jew to turn from the observance of their time-honored Sabbath Day, which was established in Eden and had been made a sign of the covenant-relation with God, Exodus 31:13 and Ezekiel 20:12 and 20, a miraculous event would have to have happened. However, these disciples did change their day of worship from the time-honored Sabbath to the first day of the week, and that custom has continued down to our times. As early as A.D. 70, Barnabas, one of the early Fathers wrote, “We keep the Lord’s Day with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose from the dead.”
We also see this referenced in scripture in Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Revelation 1:10.
To me the name is arbitrary it could very well be Sonday as it is Sunday.
As to the origin of "halos" I can't speak with authority but I believe it is more artistic liberty than trying to honor any particular god. Ancients often portrayed their deities with a glow or halos around their heads but this was more to emphasis their radiance rather than any form of homage to a the sun god.
In scripture we often see a reference to a radiance or glow (possibly a halo) in the description of God, Jesus or even Moses after he spent time in God's presence.
One other interpretation is that when King Constantine legalized Christianity he blended it with all the pagan religions of the day for a wider acceptance.
Actually, Sunday was in place as the worship day because of Zeus, the sun god, for which the day derives its name.
I am in agreement with Ed, as to the Lord's day also.
But I recently learned this is why the Roman Catholic Church put halos behind the head of Jesus and heads of saints. This was done in honor of the sun god.