Who Is Jesus
Christ? Son of God? Messiah? Prophet? Teacher? What? Calling Jesus
the "Son of God" is understood to be the distinguishing affirmation
of the Christian faith. Yet within the wider family of faith there is a range
of opinion about what this title actually means. There is sharp disagreement over
the identity of Jesus. In search of the answers, I take a closer look at the most
widely used title, Son of God.
Alone Be Saved? "I am the way, the truth and the light, no one
comes to the Father but by me," said Jesus. Does this mean that only Christians
can be saved?
What is the Trinity? The
Trinity is one of the important doctrines of classical Christian theology in which
God is depicted as being manifest in three persons: God the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. Three persons, but one God. Many find this doctrine confusing. Here's
a simple, common sense explanation.
What is Heaven? There
are at least four major strands of thought in the Bible and in Christian tradition
contributing to contemporary notions of heaven. We look at each.
is Hell? There's a lot of talk about hell on the lips those who believe
in it, as well as those who do not. That's surprising, as the topic is mentioned
only a very few times in the Bible, and then in ways that suggest the biblical
concept is not the one people have in mind when they use the word today.
Can My Pet Be Saved?
Many assume that salvation is for humanity alone whereas there is little in the Bible to support this. On the contrary, the overwhelming view of both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is that God's purpose is for the reconciliation and repair of the whole creation. All creatures great and small are part of God's plan.
is Sin? Contrary to popular understanding, sin does not consist of
a catalogue of "bad behavior," rather it is a state of being; it is a condition
of alienation from God, the ground of our being. Sin involves alienation from
other people as well as the world in which we live.
Does Life Begin? Is there a biblical view of
when life begins? There certainly is, and the answer might surprise you.
Do Christians Believe?
From the Apostle's Creed to various contemporary
statements of faith, Christians have expressed their faith in a variety of ways
access two millennium. We take a look at the major creeds and confessions of Christianity.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.