1 Origin and Authenticity of the Bible
|Question||Tell us how you discovered the meaning of life?|
|Answer||It all began when I heard that the Bible is God's Instruction manual for life.Then I experienced that it's message was true.Then I dared to follow one of it's instructions.|
|Question||So you consider the Bible to be a reliable instruction manual for life? But can you give a more objective opinion - one that isn't your personal experience?|
|Answer||The Bible claims, that God Himself inspired the prophets, through His Holy Spirit, to write the Old Testament, and the Apostles to write the New Testament. Finally, one could say in a more simplified way, that God Himself approved it all through His son Jesus Christ.|
|Question||Can you give more examples of what happens, when one follow one of these instructions?|
2 Choosing the Way of Life
|Answer||Today is the most exciting time in world history. Never before has there been a time when hundreds of millions of people have seen walls crumble. Through that they got freedom to make completely new choises, not only politically and economically, but also in religious terms.|
|Question||What sort of religious walls do you have in mind?|
|Answer||These walls symbolize, among other things, false thoughts and ideologies, which block religious liberation. In Europe many dead traditions and the erroneous belief that the theory of evolution proves that God does not exist are still blocking it.|
3 Back to the Bible
When large numbers of people begin to realise that they have been fooled and start to leave their "dead religious traditions" in order to move on with greater freedom in the area of religion it is known as a revival. Only during the last 25 years, the number of people, who have experienced the Holy Spirit as a personal reality in their lives, has multiplied by more than 6 times to nearly 500 million.
Similar things have happened each time, throughout history, when people have wholeheartedly dared to commit themselves to any of the Bibles instructions.
|Question||What causes these alternations between living Christianity and dead traditions?|
4 Our minds - The battlefield of ideas
|Answer||It is because we humans are constantly being subjected to new thoughts and ideas which may affect the whole person, for better or for worse. That is the way it has been since the beginning of time, but in the information society of today we are being literally bombarded with new impressions.|
|Question||What do you mean by spirit?|
|Answer||The animals have only body and soul. But we have a spirit as well. That is why we have religious needs. We can also develop throughout our lives.|
|Question||What do you mean by "develop"?|
5 God's Training School
God created us to develop as people, both our body, soul and spirit. We show this with the white coloured figure becoming more and more yellow on its journey towards the goal. It is only at this point that our lives become a school for eternity. In this school we develop, every time we overcome the temptations and difficulties we encounter.
Then they will not become meaningless or negative either. Rather they become exciting matches where we become winners, if we choose to live in correct relationship with God.
|Question||But if God created us good, where does all the bad come from?|
6 Sin and the Fall
|Answer||All evil originates from the Devil. He tricked Adam and Eve way back, that first time, when he persuaded them to choose the wrong path, which led away from Gods purpuse for man. What they did was to rebell against God - and their hearts became egoistical. Our egoism is something that we all have inherited from them.That is why it has taken us, on a similar journey, away from Gods original plan for our lives.|
|Question||Do you think that there is a way back to the original goal?|
7 Our Salvation
Of course. The salvation which Jesus won when he died on the cross, is a victory over evil, and it is a fulfillment of Gods plan for our life in 3 stages.
|Question||Can you make a quick summary of this life, which you think that God has planned for us?|
8 A Victorious Christian
We are created to win victory and to experience love, peace and joy, even in the midst of difficulties.This picture illustrates the fact, that Jesus already layed the foundation for our victory when he died on the cross.
In order to become a victorious Christian we must transform our theories and words into practical action. This includes not only spiritual growth as pointed out in picture 5 but also taking on our spiritual garment, for instance the helmet provides protection against all kinds of evil thoughts.
|Question||But surely you are not trying to say that all Christians live such a victorious life?|
9 Defeated Christians
|Answer||Unfortunately not. Far to many live their lives in defeat. They allow themselves to be defeated both by their evil nature and by outside circumstances. We illustrate this with the balls and chains.|
|Question||What are the reasons behind this?|
|Answer||Most of them started on the right route, but then they stopped somewhere along the way. This is because they never learned to trust wholeheartedly in the new life which Christ had given them. Instead they tried to live the Christian life in a more traditional manner in their own strength.|
|Question||So what is your view on my particular situation?|
10 Ignoring God's Offer
|Answer||When we hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are confronted with the most important choise in our lives.|
|Question||What do you mean by that?|
|Answer||God's only means of effectively helping us is through the Lord Jesus Christ. If you say "no" to Jesus Christ you are really missing the meaning of life: The Biblical word for sin means exactly that - "Missing the Goal"! And besides that, you are running the risk of being eternally lost in your own egoism..|
|Question||So what do you think that I should do now?|
|Answer||Above all - start by reading the Bible! Then believe in that which the Holy Spirit makes real for you and act accordingly. Once you do that, you will already have begun your journey throught the school of Life developing yourself for eternity.|
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