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We hope you find the articles interesting and informative and that they challenge you to open up the Bible for yourself finding out about God’s message of Good news through Jesus Christ.

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The Peril of Humanism

Humanism is the dominant philosophy in the western world. Perhaps the reason more people are not aware of it, is that it is so pervasive that it has come to be accepted simply as common sense.

Of course, Humanism has a lot to be said for it. Humanists who take their principles seriously are good people: if there were more of them, the world would certainly be a better place.

The Garden of Eden

THE FRUIT HUNG LOW on the branch, and it seemed to dance in the sunlight. It cried out to be eaten—smooth, luscious and ripe. The woman compared it with a peach, or a melon, or any other fruit that she had eaten, and she knew at once it was better than any of them. Then the mocking words of the serpent began to race round and round in her head: ‘You will not surely die’ (Genesis 3:4).

The Purpose of the Earth

GOD TELLS US that He created the earth (Genesis 1:1). If we recognise that, it is reasonable to ask why, and what is His purpose with it. The first indication is in the Bible’s first chapter:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).

The Lord Jesus Christ

JESUS CHRIST was unique. In fact, he was the greatest human being who ever lived. His Gospel message of the Kingdom of God and resurrection from the dead changed the Roman Empire and the world.

The Revival of the Hebrew Language

SINCE THEIR EXPULSION from the land of Israel by the Romans, the Jewish people have wandered the world in exile for nearly 2000 years. They spoke the language of every place where they settled. Their ancient language Hebrew was kept alive in their Bible (what we know as the Old Testament), and in religious literature. Its use was reserved for special occasions, prayers, religious study and blessings, and for literary and official purposes.

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“Which comes first, being born again or being baptised?”

ED: Jesus explained to Nicodemus, the Jewish ruler, what it means to be born again:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3–5).