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					 Theology
   Christianity
Understanding the Times
             What is Theism?
   The belief in the existence of a
    supernatural God

“Theism, the belief that God is, and atheism, the
  belief that God is not, are not simply two
  beliefs…They are two fundamental ways of seeing
  the whole of existence. The one, theism, sees
  existence as ultimately meaningful, as having
  some meaning beyond itself; the other sees
  existence as having no meaning beyond itself.”
       The Two Foundations
 General Revelation : God’s communication
  of Himself –through nature and
  conscience
 Special Revelation: God’s more specific
  communication about who He is and how
  He saves– through the Bible and the
  person of Jesus Christ
         General Revelation
 Through nature and a person’s conscience
 Brings us to a general knowledge of God
 Cannot bring us to a saving knowledge of
  God
       Argument from Design
 If something exists that is designed then it
  has a designer
“Many discover God through the general
  revelation of a structured universe; many
  more encounter God in the general
  revelation of the purposeful nature of
  reality.”
           Special Revelation
   Answers the questions:
    How can I be saved? From what must I be
    saved? Why will judgment occur?
 Makes “sense” of general revelation. It
  explains the universe.
 Special revelation is God communication
  through the Bible and through His Son,
  Jesus.
                How is Jesus,
           God’s special revelation?
 He is the incarnate “Word”
 When we look at Jesus Christ, we see
  God…who He is, His nature and attributes.
 See John 1:14,18
“And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth. No man has seen God
at any time; the only begotten Son…
He hath declared Him.”
       What does revelation “reveal”
               about God?
 It   tells us God exists (as three separate
  persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
 It   tells us who God is
  -He is a Personal God
  -He is the Judge of all
  -He is the Redeemer (redemption is the
  complete deliverance from all sin and from
  all the effects it has brought upon us)
     Just another RELIGION?
CHRISTIANITY is either true or false. It
 isn’t just true for some people and not for
 others. If it is true, then anyone who lives
 in disbelief should be fearful. There is
 ONLY one way to God and it is through
 Jesus Christ who declared:
 “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
 Whoever believes in me shall not perish
 but have everlasting life.”

				
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