Frequently Asked Questions

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How can miracles be possible?

The Bible records many miracles at different periods of history, but none greater than the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. If we can find some evidence for this claim then the others will not be a concern.

The Bible states that Jesus Nazareth was crucified by the Roman soldiers, buried in a tomb and three days later he came back from the dead. This amazing claim should not be believed unless there is overwhelming evidence to support this.

The Lord Chief Justice of England declared, 'The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is so strong that no intelligent jury in the world would fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true.' We know from painful experience that people who have been dead for three days never get up and walk, but if there is a God who made this world, he could do it, what evidence is there for us to check out?

First of all, the tomb was found empty and the Romans and the Jewish leaders would have no reason to remove the body. The disciples of Christ were too scared and shattered to overpower the Roman guard, break the seal on the stone and steal the body.

Secondly, many witnesses saw Jesus after his resurrection and one of his appearances was to more than 500 people at the same time.

Thirdly, the Roman guard of probably 16 hardened warriors, ran away from their post, a capital offence, and were given money to say the disciples stole the body while they were asleep, another capital crime.

Fourthly, the Jewish historian Josephus, who worked for the Romans wrote, that Pilate condemned Jesus to the cross and that 'he appeared to them alive on the third day.' There is a great deal more evidence.
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Isn't Christian experience only psychological?

We like to pride ourselves on our strength and ability to cope. Some people think that Christianity is just a crutch for weak people.

They are partly right as Christianity is for people who admit that they cannot deal with everything in life. Jesus came on a rescue mission and those who think they are invincible steer well clear of him.

Those who realise that they cannot deal with huge issues like death, disease, loneliness and the consequences of our imperfections, look for a saviour. They don't rely on props like money, alcohol, tranquilisers and seminars to improve their human potential; they turn for help from God who created them.

Others continue to hobble through life using makeshift crutches that won't bear their weight, sometimes not even knowing that they are using them.

Christians face facts, this world is far from perfect and without supernatural help life is indeed as Woody Allen said, '...hard, and then you die.' Whether your crutch is financial, religious, chemical or intellectual, if it doesn't support you, finding one that does isn't weakness it is the height of common sense!
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Won't a Good Moral Life get me to Heaven?

Discovering the fact that no one is perfect and therefore not able to be with the righteous in Heaven is a shock to many people.

We know individuals who as far as we can see are brilliant people doing good for others and causing no harm and we assume that they will be admitted to Heaven for their good works. The belief that if my good deeds are greater than my bad ones I'll make it to my concept of Heaven, is very common.

Ten of the eleven major world religions teach this and leave people never quite sure if they have done enough to make it. However, Christianity does not say that a 50% pass mark is good enough, it actually states that the standard is 100% perfection.

'No one is perfect' we often say as if it is an excuse. But the fact remains that no one is perfect, so as far as entry into Heaven is concerned, we have a problem. If we ask God to accept a little less than perfection we are asking him to approve of evil and allow imperfect people into Heaven thereby making Heaven less than perfect.

The Bible plainly teaches that the only way for for a person to be right with God is by faith in the work of Christ, not by good deeds. So, it is unbiblical to believe that relatively good people can make it by the merits of the good things that they have done and God will overlook their failures.

The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God that is totally undeserved by us in any way, which is received gratefully by the recipient, by faith alone. We all know that we have flaws. Samuel Johnson's famous one liner is true of each of each of us: 'Every man knows that of himself which he dare not tell his dearest friend.'

Accepting Christ's good deeds instead of ours is the answer to this problem.
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