The Trinity: Bible Teaching or Church Tradition?

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For many hundreds of years been a serious misunderstanding about the relationship between God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It is a fact of history that between 300 and 500 years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Christian Church developed ideas about God which centred around a ‘Trinity’. These traditions were eventually written down in what the Church called its ‘creeds’ (credo in Latin means ‘I believe’). We must leave the detailed history of the creeds until later, but the following extract from the Athanasian Creed (around AD 500) will set the scene:

“Whosoever will be saved: before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith … That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity … For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son: and another of the Holy Ghost [Spirit]. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal … So the Father is God, the Son is God: and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods: but one God … Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost … Amen.”

For more than 1,500 years, the Trinity has formed an essential part of the beliefs of mainstream Christian churches. In formal church services ministers regularly recite the words of this ‘doxology’, addressed to the ‘Triune God’: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.” Walking around a British city, you may well notice ‘Trinity Church’, ‘Trinity Street’, or ‘Trinity College’. Church members are not always aware of the origins of the Trinity, but they are taught to accept it as an essential part of their faith. And as far as most churches are concerned, if you do not believe in the Trinity, you are not a Christian.

We humbly submit another view, based wholly on the Bible. We ask our readers patiently to consider the evidence we now put forward.

Before we start, we ought to make two things very clear: first, Christadelphians believe absolutely in the God of the Bible; and, second, they have total faith in the Bible itself, that collection of sixty-six books which we sometimes call ‘The Holy Scriptures’.

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True and False Worship

The Bible is full of examples of true and false worship. True worship exalts the God of Israel, whereas false worship exalts other things or other people above God, often to the extent of denying His power and existence altogether.

Throughout the Bible, we are warned to avoid such false worship, often called idolatry. For millennia, it was common practice among the nations to devise gods who ruled over specific things like the harvest, fertility, rain or sun. Although these gods were said to have power over the elements, worshipping them was ultimately about a human desire for power and control. If a nation wanted rain, they offered sacrifices to the god of the rain. If they wanted to win a battle, they offered sacrifices to the god of war. Far from seeking a personal relationship with their gods and serving them in love, the question on their minds was: “What can this god do for me?”

Our idols do not live on Mount Olympus, and we do not build household shrines for them into the walls of our living rooms. They are less obvious, more subtle, more insidious. They are hobbies and money, work and friends. They are the things that distract us from putting God first.

Often, our biggest idol is our pride and our ego:

“What makes me feel happy?
How can I look after number one?”

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True worship takes the focus off self and directs our attention towards God.

The God of Israel, asks for a humble attitude of mind, a gentle spirit and a heart willing to seek out the gospel truth. True worship exalts God and acknowledges that He is in control. Rather than demanding things of God, true worship is about thankfulness and praise for the gifts He gives us.

God is not asking you to build an altar and burn animals on it. Instead, He asks for your commitment, loyalty and love. So let us offer our lives as living sacrifices, and honour our God by trying to imitate Him in all that we say and do.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33

Faith Alive! Team

#ElectionDay2017: Should We Worry About the Result?

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Once again we are being asked to cast our vote for the individual or party that we believe promises the brightest future and opportunities for our welfare.

But who do we put our trust in?

- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”  Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6

- “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”  Psalms 118:8‭-‬9

The bible message is clear that we can only put our trust in God, all others are fallible and promises cannot be guaranteed.

The bible again has a clear message about the results of elections:

- “He [God] changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings”  Daniel 2:21

- “The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.”  Daniel 4:17

These passages clearly show us that God has worked, and is working, in the kingdoms of men to bring about his will and purpose on the earth.

Who are we to question or surmise who God has appointed to be in charge?

Finally, there is the simple fact that a follower of Christ should be looking forward to a better Kingdom, with a truly righteous and trustworthy King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come”
Hebrews 13:14

God Has a Plan for the Earth

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Modern technology never ceases to amaze us. The pace of man’s inventiveness and ingenuity appears to accelerate continually – until it seems his capabilities are boundless.

Equally amazing is a prophecy in the Old Testament of the Bible which tells us that just before the return of Jesus to the earth — “ many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” So the wonders of our hi-tech society, with instant communication, and speedy travel, are to the Bible student one of the many proofs that The Bible is true.

The Bible also points out that man’s capabilities are not boundless. In his pursuit of power, and his greed for personal wealth, man is ruining the world. Left to his own devices he would do irreparable damage to our beautiful planet. We read in Matthew’s Gospel Except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: But for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” And so, man’s days of ruling the world are numbered.

Tomorrow’s world will be ruled by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As King, he will remove the existing world governments. Psalm 72 tells us that “ all kings shall fall down before him, and that “all nations shall serve him.” He will rule with honesty and truth over a new society in which his true disciples from all periods of world history will be changed into immortal beings.

With the Bible as your guide, you can find out how to be a part of that exciting new world.

Biblical Baptism

Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved…

that was the instruction that Jesus gave to his disciples nearly 2000 years ago and it still remains to this day, for those who truly want to obey and follow his teaching, they have to believe and be baptised.

But what does baptism entail? and what is its significance?

The word baptism comes from a Greek word that means immersion, dipping, plunging; it does not mean sprinkling. In John’s gospel record chapter 3 we read that John the Baptist baptised at a place where there was a lot of water. He needed it so that people could be completely immersed.

In baptism the believer is completely buried in water, and the reason for that says the apostle Paul when he wrote to believers at Rome
Don’t you know, that all of us who were baptised into Christ were baptised into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Baptism then as well as being an act of obedience, is a means by which we can symbolically associate ourselves with the death and resurrection of Jesus. For without the sacrifice of Christ, we would have no hope.

But baptism is only a beginning, afterwards as Paul also says, We also should walk in newness of life. Our belief in the Lord Jesus is then shown by our attempts in our daily lives to follow his teachings and keep his commandments.

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Did You Know: Bible History You Can Visit

When Joshua allocated the Promised Land, the tribe of Dan received a wide strip that extended west from the Tribe of Benjamin to the coastal plain at Jaffa (Joshua 19:40-46). However the  “Amorites forced the people of Dan to live in the hill country. They did not allow them to live in the coastal plain” (Judges 1:34). The record continues, ”the Danites failed to conquer their territory, so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it Dan after their ancestor” (Joshua 19:47).

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“Now the Danites took what Micah had made, as well as his priest, and came to Laish, where the people were undisturbed and unsuspecting. They struck them down with the sword and burned the city. No one came to the rescue because the city was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.

The Danites rebuilt the city and occupied it. They named it Dan after their ancestor, who was one of Israel’s sons. But the city’s name used to be Laish. The Danites worshiped the carved image. Jonathan, descendant of Gershom, son of Moses, and his descendants served as priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the exile. They worshiped Micah’s carved image the whole time God’s authorized shrine was in Shiloh” (Judges 18:27-31).

Later on King Jeroboam fearful that the Northern Tribes would worship in Jerusalem and follow  So Jeroboam made two golden calves and told his people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.” (1 Kings 12:28). He set up one of the calves at Bethel on the way to Jerusalem. The other one he set up at Dan.

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