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God, the World and Stuff: the Existence of God

Is God real?

Does God exist? How can you know? What is God like? Do Christians worship one God or three?

RE:quest caught up with theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah and asked him what he thinks.

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How can God be just and loving at the same time?

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How can God be just and loving at the same time?

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Does God exist? And if He does exist, what is He like? For centuries religions have provided different answers to these big questions. Within Christianity there can seem to be a contradiction. The Old Testament (written before Jesus was born) appears to paint a picture of […]

The Grace of God

What do Christians believe about earning God's approval?

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What do Christians believe about earning God's approval?

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Christians believe in an all-powerful God who created the world and provides for people. He is also described in the Bible as a judge who will one day bring ultimate justice to the world and everyone in it. So this begs the question: how do […]

The Village

A modern parable

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A modern parable

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There once lived a rich man with a heart of gold. He had seen how more and more people were struggling to afford a home, and his heart broke to see the terrible problems this was causing them. But one bright morning it occurred to him that […]

John’s Prologue

What does this passage from John’s gospel suggest about Jesus?

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What does this passage from John’s gospel suggest about Jesus?

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John chapter 1 is very often known as ‘John’s Prologue’. A prologue is an opening or introduction to a bigger piece of work. In a play, the prologue is often a dramatic recitation given by the narrator that will help the audience know what to […]

John’s Prologue – analysis

What was remarkable about Jesus' arrival on earth 2000 years ago?

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What was remarkable about Jesus' arrival on earth 2000 years ago?

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The opening verses of John’s gospel is designed to paint the big picture of Jesus – who he was, what he came to do, and what it means for all people. Read the passage and comments below, and reflect on some of the questions for […]

Independent Church

What is life like in an Independent Church?

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What is life like in an Independent Church?

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‘Independent’ really means ‘non-denominational’, because it doesn’t belong to some of the older denominations like the Anglican, Methodist or Baptist church. However, lots of churches belong to larger groups like New Frontiers International, or Vineyard. Independent churches might have their own building, but a lot […]

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God, the World and Stuff: The Bible

Is the Bible true?

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Is the Bible true? What does true even mean? Is the Bible trustworthy? RE:quest spoke to the President of the London School of Theology, Dr. Krish Kandiah, to hear his perspective on these questions.

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Big Questions: What are the ‘Gifts of the Spirit’?

And are they still used today?

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Christians believe in a ‘Triune God’ – that is one God that has three parts, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible talks about one  Holy Spirit as the one who is sent by God to help Christians live their […]

Using the Bible

How can an ancient text be relevant today?

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Using the Bible

How can an ancient text be relevant today?

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Christians believe that the Bible was inspired by God. This means that they believe that God was speaking to the people who wrote each book, and so each book has something special that it can say to its readers. Christians read it together in church, […]

Jesus’ teaching about eternal life

What do Christians believe about eternal life?

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Jesus’ teaching about eternal life

What do Christians believe about eternal life?

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What happens to us after death has been the theme of many a book and film – it is a subject that has fascinated people from the beginning of time. Some people hope that heaven is a real place, where they’ll be reunited with loved […]

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How and why do Christians pray?

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Do you know anyone who prays? Some people pray regularly but sometimes prayer isn’t something people give much throught to at all. People pray in many different ways for lots of reasons. Christians see prayer as an important part of their relationship with God, after all […]

Christian Spirituality – Growing in a relationship with God

How does meditation play a part in Christian worship?

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Christian Spirituality – Growing in a relationship with God

How does meditation play a part in Christian worship?

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Life can be full of noise and distractions and many people like to practice meditation as an opportunity to unwind or reflect. Perhaps one might go to a meditation class or listen to a meditation CD. Some people practise yoga or pilates which include elements of meditation to help calm and […]

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The Sermon on the Mount – Riches and Posessions

What did Jesus say about money?

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Money, you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. Money is a necessary part of life. We all need money and most of us would like at least a little extra money for those special treats. But when we become so focused […]

Bible Quiz

How much do you actually know?

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Bible Quiz

How much do you actually know?

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How many books are there in the Bible? Is there a manga Bible? Which single author wrote the most books in the Bible? What does the word testament mean? Pit your wits against this quiz to see how much you actually know about the Bible.

The Greatest Commandment

What does it mean to love God and love your neighbour?

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What does it mean to love God and love your neighbour?

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Jesus was once asked ‘Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the law?’  Rather than pick one specific commandment Jesus summarised the whole Jewish law in two principles – ‘love God and love others.’ In both the Old and New Testaments, love along with such attributes as […]

The Bible

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An interactive introduction to the Bible

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Why do Christians think the Bible is such a special book? How many books are there in the Bible? Is the Bible one book? Who are the main characters in the Bible? What is the difference between the Old and New Testaments? Find out the […]

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You could say that what Christians believe about Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the Christian faith. After all, he had a whole religion named after him! But who was he, and just why is he so special? Think about what you already […]

Key Bible Stories – The Waiting Father

Why does a father wait for his prodigal son?

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Key Bible Stories – The Waiting Father

Why does a father wait for his prodigal son?

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What was so terrible about asking your father for your inheritance? What was so amazing about the father looking out for his lost son? What was Jesus trying to teach us through this parable? Watch the film and find out more about one of Jesus’ […]

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The Bible (Abridged)

The Story of the Bible in 5 minutes

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Why is there pain in the world? Can we ever trust earthly leaders and politicians? What does it mean for Christians to see God as king of the universe? As  DJ Galactus Jack journeys through the story of the Bible in 5 minutes he explores […]

The Books of the Bible

What do the books of the Bible contain?

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What do the books of the Bible contain?

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Who is God the Son?

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Christians believe in the Trinity – that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is important to realise that this does not mean that Christians believe in three gods – they do not. Christians believe in one God that has three parts. Christians […]

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Christianity Basically: Father God

Who is Father God?

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Christians believe in the Trinity – that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is important to realise that this does not mean that Christians believe in three gods – they do not. Christians believe in one God that has three parts. Christians […]

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Christianity Basically: The Trinity

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Christians believe in the Trinity – that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is important to realise that this does not mean that Christians believe in three gods – they do not. Christians believe in one God that has three parts. Christians […]

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Christianity Basically: The Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?

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Christians believe in the Trinity – that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is important to realise that this does not mean that Christians believe in three gods – they do not. Christians believe in one God that has three parts. Christians […]

The cross

What do Christians believe happened when Jesus died?

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The cross

What do Christians believe happened when Jesus died?

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Is anyone perfect? Is it even worth trying to be perfect? What is sin? Is there any consequence to sin? What does it mean for us that Jesus died on the cross? Find out a Christian view about sin, the impact it has on us […]

Nature and the Bible

What does the Bible teach about the world we live in?

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Nature and the Bible

What does the Bible teach about the world we live in?

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The Bible has a lot to say about the natural world, from the famous opening chapters of Genesis to the final words promising a new heaven and a new earth in Revelation. The Bible makes it clear that God created the world, and that His […]

God and Suffering

If God exists why does he allow suffering?

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God and Suffering

If God exists why does he allow suffering?

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People are divided on the question of whether or not God is real. Some people believe that we are here by chance – a result of evolution; that we make our own destiny and decisions; that it is down to humankind to help each other […]

Ascension Day

What is remembered on Ascension Day?

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Ascension Day

What is remembered on Ascension Day?

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Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – when he came back to life after being crucified. But the gospel story does not end there. The next chapter comes on the day known as ‘Ascension Day’. It is the day when Christians believe Jesus returned […]

The First Christmas

What do we learn about Christmas in the Bible?

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The First Christmas

What do we learn about Christmas in the Bible?

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Christmas is an important time for Christians. It is the time when they remember God coming to earth in the form of a baby (this is known as the incarnation). In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as ‘Immanuel,’ which means ‘God with us.’ The […]

The Bible – God’s Word

How do Christians view the Bible?

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The Bible – God’s Word

How do Christians view the Bible?

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‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.’ This statement is part of Paul’s teaching to a young Christian leader called Timothy and can be found in 2 Timothy 3:16. Christians believe that this is a key passage […]

Versions of the Bible

How many versions of the Bible are there?

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Versions of the Bible

How many versions of the Bible are there?

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If you were to click on ‘Bible Gateway,’ an online Bible resource, you would be able to read 42 different English versions of the Bible alone. This does not include other versions in other languages. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek with […]

Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right and wrong?

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Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right and wrong?

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A number of Christians from different backgrounds and situations share how they decide what is right and wrong. Is it always easy to know or are there some grey areas?

Reading the Bible

When and where do Christians read the Bible?

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Reading the Bible

When and where do Christians read the Bible?

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At home Many Christians will spend time each day in a quiet place, praying, reading the Bible and thinking about what it says. Jesus said: “When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly”. (Matthew 6:6) […]

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Old Testament Introduction

What's the story?

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Many people see the Old Testament as one of the greatest collections of books, 39 in all, ever written. As well as making up the largest part of the Christian Bible, the Old Testament also holds special authority for Jews and Muslims. The amazing stories […]

The Apocrypha

Why do some Bibles have more books than others?

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The Apocrypha

Why do some Bibles have more books than others?

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At the beginning of the 5th century AD (400s), an early Christian scholar, Jerome, was given the job of translating all the books of the Bible into one common language, Latin. Amongst these books was a collection that Jerome did not believe had the same […]

New Testament Introduction

Life of Jesus and Early Church

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New Testament Introduction

Life of Jesus and Early Church

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Gospels The 27 books of the New Testament are important to all Christians. It was first written in the language used throughout the Mediterranean region – Greek. The first four books, (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are eyewitness accounts about Jesus’ life and work. These […]

Bible Overview

What books are found in the Bible?

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Bible Overview

What books are found in the Bible?

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The Bible is divided into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word ‘testament’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘covenant’ or ‘promise.’ The promises that are made between God and people are the threads that run through the entire Bible. It is […]

Reflecting on the Bible

What can the Bible teach us?

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Reflecting on the Bible

What can the Bible teach us?

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Christians believe that all parts of the Bible are useful for learning about God. Take a look at some of these different kinds of writing. As you read them, think about these questions: What is God like? How might this passage comfort people reading it? […]

Miracles

Did they really happen?

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Miracles

Did they really happen?

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Whether miracles really happened or not is, for Christians, a case of faith and trust in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and in the Bible as ‘God’s word’. The miracles are important to the whole Bible story. They are there to […]

An Introduction to Miracles in the New Testament

What do the miracles teach us about what Christians believe is possible?

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An Introduction to Miracles in the New Testament

What do the miracles teach us about what Christians believe is possible?

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Miracles in the gospels The New Testament Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, describe 35 occasions when Jesus performed miracles and tell us that there were also many more than these. As John writes at the end of his gospel, ‘Jesus did many other things […]

Old Testament miracles

Did miracles really happen in the Old Testament?

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Old Testament miracles

Did miracles really happen in the Old Testament?

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When people talk about miracles in the Bible, they might automatically think about Jesus. But the Bible is full of miracles performed by other people sent by God, throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. These stories of miracles were written to help God’s people […]

Miracles

What is a miracle?

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Miracles

What is a miracle?

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The dictionary states that a miracle is: ‘A surprising or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agent.’ Do miracles still happen today? What does the Bible say about miracles? […]

Bible evidence

How can one book written by so many people be reliable?

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Bible evidence

How can one book written by so many people be reliable?

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The Bible was written over many hundreds of years. There were many authors, from kings to prophets to ordinary working people. Some are books of collected wise sayings, others poetry and others collections of eye witness accounts of important events. It is not surprising that […]

Is the Bible reliable?

Can it be trusted?

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Is the Bible reliable?

Can it be trusted?

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The question of whether or not the Bible is reliable is a fairly important one. Christians say it is God’s word given to humankind for all time. They base their lives on its stories and teaching. If the Bible is reliable it adds weight to […]

Bible evidence

Is the Bible historically accurate?

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Bible evidence

Is the Bible historically accurate?

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One of the biggest questions about the Bible is simply: is it true? This article looks at some of the historical evidence for the Bible’s reliability. “Not only is there the evidence of changed lives that makes the Bible believable but archaeology and other historical […]

Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

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Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

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Jesus was a victim of both religious and racial discrimination. Israel was under occupation by the Roman Empire, causing tension and animosity on both sides. There was hatred between the Jews and their neighbours of mixed race, the Samaritans (i.e. people from a region called […]

Giving

What do Christians think about giving?

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Giving

What do Christians think about giving?

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A good test of how much something or someone means to you is how much you are willing to give for it. You may spend a huge amount of money or effort on a gift for a special person. You may spend all your time […]

Worship

How do Christians worship?

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How do Christians worship?

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What would you say is the most important thing in your life? How do you show that to other people? For some people the most important thing might be a football team. They might go to see them play regularly. They might have posters of […]

Pentecost

What do Christians celebrate at Pentecost?

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Pentecost

What do Christians celebrate at Pentecost?

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Before Jesus returned back to heaven he set out for the disciples the work he now expected them to do: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name […]

Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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What do we know about Jesus? How do we know about his life and work? What are the key features of Jesus’ life?

Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus died by being crucified. ‘Crucifixion’ means nailed to a cross. The cross was then lifted up outside the city walls (in Jesus’ case, Jerusalem) so everybody could see it. The people on the cross were then left to die in the hot sun. It […]

The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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‘The Lost Son’ is the third of a group of Jesus’ parables about the idea of losing and finding. In the first one, a shepherd has a hundred sheep and then goes looking for one who wanders off. In the second one, a woman who […]

Prodigal Lost Son

Parables: The Lost Son

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‘The Lost (or Prodigal) Son’ is a very famous parable. It is the last of three parables Jesus tells about ‘lost’ things – first a sheep, then a coin, then finally a child. In the parable, the father represents God. The son represents the people […]

Bible facts

How much do you know about the Bible?

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Bible facts

How much do you know about the Bible?

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The Bible is: still a world bestseller and is still read by millions of people today   The Bible has: Been translated into more languages than any other book   The Bible was: written over a period of 1,500 years written in different places, at […]

What is the Bible?

Introduction to this best selling book.

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What is the Bible?

Introduction to this best selling book.

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Christians often refer to the Bible as ‘God’s Word’ and therefore see it as the most important book ever written. Although the Bible is more than 3000 years old Christians believe that, through this amazing book, God is still teaching, helping and guiding them today. […]

Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Did Jesus really exist? Yes. The New Testament part of the Bible tells us about who Jesus was, what he did, and why. But other writings by people who weren’t Christians also talk about a man named Jesus. Roman and Jewish historians such as Josephus […]