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Jesus

Did Jesus ever claim he was God?
Some people say he is God, some say he was just a man. What did Jesus claim about himself?

What is a Christian

“Not far” from the Kingdom of God.
Many people think that they are pretty good and that God is really quite pleased with them.  This article shows that being “good”, or even “very good”, is just not good enough.  We need more than our own goodness to please God.
What does it mean to be “born again”?
One life or two?  According to Jesus you'll need a whole new life before you can get close to God.
What really happened on that cross?
This article gets past the popular misconceptions about the death of Jesus and shows why, for humans who want to be right with God, the death of Jesus was, quite simply, the most important thing that has happened since the planet began.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Jesus died.  How did he fail?  What went wrong?  How was it possible for a man with such miraculous powers to be killed so brutally?

Different faiths

Irreconcilable differences 1:  Christianity and modern faiths.
“All religions will take you to God eventually”?  — Only a fool would think so!
Irreconcilable differences 2: Islam
To be written
Irreconcilable differences 2: Jehovah's witnesses
To be written
Mediums & Spiritists
Many people consult mediums and spirit guides; what can they do for you?
Believing “on trust”.
We all have some sort of beliefs or personal philosophies; but WHY do we believe what we believe and how do we know that it is true?
Gaining knowledge
Understanding how we gained some information might help us decide what that information is worth.
The Karmic cop-out
The principle of Karma is widely believed.  However Karma is a myth which is irrational, inhibits compassion and leads to a denial of personal responsibility.
Take care!  Do not be deceived.
Every author in the New Testament warned their readers about the proliferation of false teachers in the church.  So, how come we never meet any?
Belief, its a curious entity
How is that intelligent, sensible people can suspend the normal processes of clear and rational thought whenever religion is discussed?
Religious wars: an excuse for what, exactly?
Religion is responsible for lots of wars and deaths?  Only if you agree that atheism and humanism are religions.  Know what you are talking about and don't base your opinions on idle hearsay.

Christian living

What does God want me to do?  Knowing the will of God.
Feeling lost and unsure what to do?  Well, by all means, ask God for direction, but take care not to overlook the obvious ...
Learning about money.
Many preachers tell us that God wants to bless us financially and they make it sound so good.  Now find out what God actually said.
Obedience, a Christian view
Do you feel that God just isn't listening to you?  Maybe you aren't listening to him either!
Self-control, self-discipline and self-denial
Contemporary living does not have much use for these three qualities but they are essential for any Christian who really wants to live in obedience to God.
Simple commands for Christians.
A handy guide to some of the things that God told us to do but we never quite get around to doing.
Living a lie.  A call to repentance.
Some people claim to be Christians but they tell lies, break promises and are generally dishonest.  These people are in BIG trouble.
Submission of Christian wives to their husbands.
Many people consider submission to be demeaning and degrading and a sign of weakness.  In reality submission is a choice that only a strong person can make ... while all around them weak and pathetic people vocally despise a virtue they haven't even understood.
The headship of men.
What is masculinity, what is femininity?  How can men and women relate to one another harmoniously?
Should a wife unconditionally obey her husband?
Is wifely obedience an archaic and demeaning folly or is it divine wisdom?  What should a good Christian woman do when her husband makes unreasonable demands?
If a herring is red, is it a gay herring?
Feeble and foolish arguments used to justify sexual immorality.

Christian belief

Christian Jargon ... Oh, how we hate it!
When you clear the jargon out of the way, the Christian message starts to make a lot more sense.
Scripture of description and scripture of doctrine
Adultery is perfectly acceptable behaviour; it must be true because the bible tells me so.  Make sure you are reading the word of God intelligently.

Sin and its penalties

The origins of sin: Part 1.
A short explanation of how the human race ended up with a bad character. We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners.
The origins of sin: Part 2.
Did God create a good world or a bad one?
The Perfectly Paradoxical Problem of Paradise.
If everything is perfect in paradise then how are imperfect people like you and I going to get in?
If God is so marvellous then why is the world in such a bloody mess?
Lots of people want to believe in a good God but just cannot do so because they see so much evil in the world and cannot understand how a good God would let such evil happen.  This article shows that there is no contradiction between the goodness and power of God and the presence of evil in our lives.
What can we learn from Noah and his boat?
A lesson or two from the floating zoo.  And, by the way, that ark was a lot bigger than it's usually portrayed.
The fulfillment of the law
Jesus fulfilled the law and that is good news for you and me, but what does this mean and how does it affect us?
Morality, legality, tolerance and compromise
Tolerance is not always a good thing and compromise is often a cloak for cowardice.  No amount of legislation will ever make wrong into right.

False Christian teachers, also known as apostate teachers or wolves in sheep's clothing or, my own favourite term, “liars”.

Learning about money.
Many preachers tell us that God wants to bless us financially and they make it sound so good.  Now find out what God actually said.
Take care!  Do not be deceived.
Every author in the New Testament warned their readers about the proliferation of false teachers in the church.  So, how come we never meet any?
Gaining knowledge
Understanding how we gained some information might help us decide what that information is worth.

Issues considered from a Christian viewpoint.

Identity cards and “terrorism”
ID cards do not prevent or hinder terrorism.  It is often claimed that identity cards will prevent, or reduce the likelihood of, ideologically inspired acts of violence such as those perpetuated on 11th September 2001 using aircraft in America, or the discotheque explosions on 12th October 2002 in Bali, or the commuter train bombs on 11th March 2004 in Madrid.  These claims are not supported by either the reason or the evidence.  If anything, enforced ID will make such events more likely.
The headship of men.
What is masculinity, what is femininity?  How can men and women relate to one another harmoniously?
Christian Jargon ... Oh, how we hate it!
When you clear the jargon out of the way, the Christian message starts to make a lot more sense.
Church buildings, we hate them too!
Church buildings (as they are called) prevent people hearing the good news about Jesus.
Morality, legality, tolerance and compromise
Tolerance is not always a good thing and compromise is often a cloak for cowardice.  No amount of legislation will ever make wrong into right.
Gay priests
Can a homosexual man or lesbian woman hold the priesthood?
If a herring is red, is it a gay herring?
Feeble and foolish arguments used to justify sexual immorality.

Love.

Correspondence about agapé.  A short discourse about love.
A letter about love.

Poetry.

Poem: Wake-up foolish sleeper!  Wake-up!
If this poem disturbs your peace of mind and keeps you awake at night then I'll be very pleased.

 

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