Where did I come
Where am I going?
If there is a God, why is there so much suffering?
What is Christianity?
is a crisis of misunderstanding of the Christian faith. Many Christian
beliefs are widely misunderstood and often intentionally misrepresented
in public discussions. This site, taken from the entire series
of the "Exploring faith today" booklets by Rev Dick
Tripp is clear and informative. There are eighteen articles written
to be easily understood by seekers and believers alike. They are
non-agressive, thoughtful and well informed and will help readers
understand more clearly the truth and relevance of Christian beliefs.
The massive early manuscript evidence showing
that modern translations of the New Testament are at least 98%
A look at the considerable eyewitness evidence
that we have in the New Testament showing that, whenever the
final books and letters were written, we can thoroughly trust
the picture they give of Jesus.
A comprehensive list of the claims made by Jesus
about himself - claims that are fully supported by his character,
his teaching, his miracles and his influence for good in history.
Evidence supporting the resurrection from the
transformation of disciples, the conversion of Paul, the content
of the Christian message and the rapid growth of the church.
The resurrection substantiates his claims and guarantees the
effects of his death, the triumph of good over evil and our
share in the final victory.
Six distinctive truths of Christianity: the character
of its founder, its analysis of our real problems, the answer
of the Cross, the means by which we receive forgiveness, the
victory over evil already won and the kind of commitment required
of its members. Without denigrating other religions the differences
A balanced view of suffering requires an understanding
of the realism of the Bible in its view of suffering, the relationship
between love and freewill, the link between suffering and evil,
God's attitude to suffering, how suffering can be transformed
and its ultimate removal.
A summary of the New Testament teaching about
the divinity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the personal nature
of the Holy Spirit and how he is distinct from the Father. Points
clarified are: the unity of the Trinity, the submission of Jesus
to the Father, the Spirit in the Old Testament and how this
is not an invention of the fourth century church. Part II deals
with how all this makes sense: the personality of God, the love
of God and how the Trinity meets our basic needs.
Covers the history of early technology and worldviews,
the Christian foundations of modern science, the history of
the debate on the age of the universe and evolution, seven ways
in which Genesis 1 is interpreted by evangelicals, God's three
greatest acts of creation, the place of humans in the universe,
the need of science and Christianity for each other and the
nature of God's creative activity. Suggestions for those still
searching for God.
Five basic principles: follow what is clearly
revealed; most guidance is unconscious; God expects us to use
our intelligence; God doesn't reveal more than we need to know;
don't tell God how he must guide. Four guidelines for specific
decisions: use of the Bible; peace of mind; circumstances; the
advice of others.
It's importance in the New Testament. It is
more than being sorry. A change of attitude towards God's
truth and God himself. The place of restitution. It is not
something we can do unaided. Why we find it difficult.
What forgiveness is not: forgetting, avoidance
or excusing. What forgiveness is, its cost, and seven reasons
why it matters.
Conversion and being "born again" in the New
Testament. It's necessity. How we are born again. Popular substitutes
for spiritual rebirth. Sudden or gradual? The place of emotions.
The results of being born again.
The most common misconception. Why we can't earn
a place in heaven. God's way of salvation. The choice we have
to make. Saving faith is not just head belief or merely trusting
God for life's needs. Do good works matter? Saving faith is
exclusive, personal, receiving not giving. It is not anti-intellectual.
It involves commitment.
The nature of our relationship with God. Christian
certainty in the New Testament. Truths on which we base our
certainty of heaven; the work of God the Son, the word of God
the Father and the witness of God the Holy Spirit. Why it matters.
A comparison of four differing major worldviews;
Atheism, Eastern Religions, Postmodernism and Christianity.
The Biblical understanding of truth. The place of revelation
and intelligence. The claim of Jesus to be ultimate reality.
Why we resist truth and how we can find it.
The confused situation today. Can we have morality
without God? the character of God. The importance of grace.
Morality from the inside out. The place of conscience. Biblical
guidelines from the Old and New Testaments. The centrality of
love. Christian morality and future hope. Why it matters.
What is a Christian? What is the Church? The
importance of Truth. The nature of the triune God. Old Testament
background. Community in the New Testament. Emphasis on relationships.
Importance of small groups. Function of leadership. Ministry
of women. New Testament foundation of unity. Images of the church.
What about denominations? The Church and Creation
can I find a great purpose for living? Life
with no meaning. Purposes
that are too small. A
purpose that fits with reality. A
purpose that satisfies the deepest longings of the heart.
purpose that enable's us to face life's greatest difficulties.
purpose with lasting consequences. A
purpose that involves a choice.
Facing the problem of finding our true identity
in today's world. The nature of humans as created in God's
likeness but seriously flawed. Finding a new identity as children
of God. Our identity in Christ. The choice we must make.
the problem is so common in today's world. The results of
low self esteem. Two kinds of self-love, negative and positive.
The basis for a proper self-esteem. The creation of a loving
God and the focus of divine love. Worth a good deal though
|LIFE AFTER DEATH
Christianity's hope and challenge. This article explores the difficult subject of what happens to us after we die. Why it matters what we believe? Resurrection and reincarnation; The nature of heaven; judgment of Christians and unbelievers. These and other topics are covered including poems and stories of faith.