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How do Christians decide what is right and wrong?

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?

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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 […]

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John’s Prologue – analysis

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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 […]

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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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God, the World and Stuff: the Existence of God

Is God real?

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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.

Sin

Big Questions: What is ‘sin’?

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Sin – it’s a small word but a huge concept. For some it has come to mean little more than a guilty pleasure, but for Christians sin offers an explanation for many of the problems we see in the world around us. In this film, […]

Big Questions: Do we have choice?

What do Christians believe about choice and freewill?

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What do Christians believe about choice and freewill?

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What does the Bible mean when it says that, ‘We are made in God’s image?’ How does this fit in with freewill? Why did God create us with freewill? What are the consequences and responsibilities of freewill? In this short film Mark and Sarah discuss […]

Where does Evil come from?

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Good versus evil is a popular theme in stories – probably because it is a struggle we see around us every day. Few people would deny the existence of evil in the world. But where does it come from? This is a big question which philosophers […]

Using the Bible

How can an ancient text be relevant today?

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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, […]

Bible Quiz

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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.

Ethics and Christian Beliefs.

How do basic beliefs impact a Christian's views on ethics?

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Ethics and Christian Beliefs.

How do basic beliefs impact a Christian's views on ethics?

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When trying to decide what is the right thing to do, Christians look to their basic beliefs to give them guidelines to help them form their decisions. The Bible was written many years ago and topics such as contraception, euthanasia, genetic research etc are not […]

Introduction to Christian Ethics

How do Christians decide what is right or wrong?

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How do Christians decide what is right or wrong?

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How do Christians decide what is right and what is wrong? Christians ethics, that is the moral principles that govern how you live, are based on God’s word as found in the Bible. Jesus taught that there are two commandments that should be at the […]

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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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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In these films Christians from many different backgrounds discuss from firsthand experience key ethical issues as well as exploring what impact their views have on their own lives. The issues covered are: 1. The environment 2. Crime 3. Alcohol & Drugs 4. Ethics 5. IVF 6. […]

Nature and the Bible

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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How do Christians view the Bible?

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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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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 […]

Reading the Bible

When and where do Christians read the Bible?

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What can the Bible teach us?

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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

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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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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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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 […]

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What is a miracle?

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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What happens inside a typical church?

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Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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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 […]

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 […]