Influenced by tradition grew up in. Ratify some of it, reject other parts.
Am in one of the Jesus traditions.
Don’t know which of the reports of Jesus’ teaching are historical. I select my own selection, and honor him as possible source:
speak truth to power, secular and religious
help the poor
love your enemies
welcome the stranger
I choose to give credence to Ehrman’s view that a Jesus existed & was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
I choose to prefer Crossan’s construction of events about Jesus’ death.
I assume the historical Jesus believed in a personal God who intervenes in the universe. [Dawkins says given Jesus’ independent approach, today he would likely be an atheist.] I am agnostic but lean heavily toward No because of all the evil in the world and all the people that god has evidently not spoken to. At most I think there may be something unimaginable, like another dimension, that we somehow connect with mentally and are comforted by. But because of all the evil, I lean toward either no god or that that “dimension” has limited power to counteract evil [Oord’s God Can’t]. Since I am in a Jesus tradition and do not know about a god for a fact, then if leading worship probably can justify praying as Jesus did.