August 29, 2014
How do you define religion?

How do you define religion?

Marcus Ampe:

Without spirituality, the preparedness to use the mind to wonder and to form ideas, religiosity can not come to existence, but with all sorts of rites and repeated actions to bring an outer sign of a faith in something religion may find seed and fertilisation in the aim to belong to something or somewhat.

Originally posted on thoughtofvg:

My teacher for Philosphy and ethics recently…

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August 26, 2014
Why think that (5) … the Bible is the word of God

Why think that (5) … the Bible is the word of God

Imagine there was a man who went around claiming that he had a special message from God and that part of this man’s message was that he would be killed and come back to life. And then imagine that this man did indeed come back to life. Surely that is the sort of person you’d want to pay attention to. We have seen that there is good historical evidence that Jesus is that sort of person – that he…

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August 19, 2014
Verzoening en Broederschap 3 Verenigen onder de Hoeksteen

Verzoening en Broederschap 3 Verenigen onder de Hoeksteen

Wanneer we onszelf christen noemen houdt dat in dat wij én Christus Jesus (Jeshua) moeten volgen maar ook dat wij de leerstof die Jezus predikte ook tot de onze maken en deze aan anderen leren kennen. In het vorige hoofdstuk “Verzoening en Broederschap 2 Uit de eigen cocon stappen” hebben wij gezien dat wij bij elkaar moeten gebracht worden door het zoenoffer van Jezus Christus, waarbij hij niet…

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August 19, 2014
Op weg naar 2014-2015

Op weg naar 2014-2015

Er zijn zo van die seizoenen die men maar al te graag vlug vergeet of waar men nare herinneringen aan over houdt. 2013-2014 mag zo één geweest zijn voor onze gemeenschap. Maar dat hoeft niet te betekenen dat wij ons hierdoor zouden laten ontmoedigen en ons werk niet meer zouden verder zetten. De vele discussies en veel heen en weer geschrijf heeft de werking op het net en de onderlinge contacten…

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August 19, 2014
Seizoen 2013-2014

Het afgelopen seizoen hebben wij in onze diensten onder ogen genomen hoe wij best God konden naderen.

Eén van die benaderingsmomenten is het gebed. Hieraan hebben wij veel aandacht geschonken en heeft de artikelenreeks veel publicatieruimte in beslag genomen, waardoor spijtig genoeg niet zoveel losse teksten zijn kunnen geplaatst worden over onze wekelijkse activiteiten. Om meer ruimte te hebben…

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August 18, 2014
Why think that (4) … God would reveal himself in words

Why think that (4) … God would reveal himself in words

Have you ever wondered why God created the universe? What his purpose is? We’ve already explored some reasons for thinking that God cares about us but does that actually mean? What purpose did God have in creating us? And what part do we have in God’s plan? One big clue is our ability to form relationships, not only with other people but also, in principle, with God. So if God intended there to…

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August 14, 2014
Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment

Fulfilment Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo.

Christians praying in Goma, DR of Congo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we showed in the previous chapters several men of God knew their position very well and where convinced they needed the Most High Creator of all things. Even the son of God never claimed to be able to do something without the Force of his Father. He too often prayed for extended periods of time (Luke 6:12). Many times

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August 11, 2014
Why think that (3) … Jesus rose from the dead

Why think that (3) … Jesus rose from the dead

The central event of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus stayed dead then his own predictions proved false – he was nothing more than a good man with some interesting teaching. But if Jesus rose from the dead then he is someone really special – someone worth believing. What’s more if Jesus rose from the dead then perhaps death isn’t the end – perhaps there is a way for…

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August 4, 2014
Why think that (2) … Jesus claimed to be something special

Why think that (2) … Jesus claimed to be something special

As discussed in the previous post, Jesus is mentioned here and there by some non-Christians, like the Jewish historian Josephus and the Roman historian Tacitus. But our main source of information is that provided by the early Christians themselves. This evidence comes in two main types. There are the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), which are conventionally dated from around 70 AD but may…

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July 28, 2014
Why think that (1) … Jesus existed?

Why think that (1) … Jesus existed?

Christianity is a historical faith. Christianity is founded on the figure of Jesus and so it really matters whether Jesus was a real person or not. If he did not exist then our seeking ends there. But if Jesus did exist then we can move on to the more interesting questions of what he did, who he claimed to be and in what ways he is special.

What is unusual about the question of Jesus’ existence…

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