Jesus kept pointing people to himself, saying, “Come to me” (Mt 11:28). Buddha said, “Look not to me; look to my dharma (doctrine).” Buddha also said, “Be ye lamps unto yourselves.” Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8:12). Lao Tzu taught the way (tao); Jesus said, “I am the way” (Jn 14:6). Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad and other religious founders fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and did not rise from the dead. Jesus did. Christians ought to realise how difficult, how scandalous, how objectionable, how apparently unbelievable and absurd this doctrine is bound to appear to others. We can’t apologise for truth.
The Bible as a whole clearly states that life comes from God as His gift and that we are answerable to him for what we do with our own and other people’s lives. Such responsibility means that we shall all answer before the judgment seat for our actions and failures to act. Thus, any and every taking of life is a most serious business and requires justification to God.
If God exists, then we are accountable to Him for our actions. If God does not exist, then we can do whatever we want, without having to worry about God judging us. That is why many of those who deny the existence of God cling strongly to the theory of naturalistic evolution—it gives them an alternative to believing in a Creator God.
Looks at how God’s plan for history leads to the ultimate goal of completing his kingdom.
Considers how individual human beings experience the events of the last days.
Explores what the Bible says about Christ’s “second coming” and its relationship to events that lead to the end of the age.
Explores what human beings were like when God first created us and placed us in the Garden of Eden.
Examines what the Bible says about human sin, and especially its negative effects on humanity.
Establish a definition of Christian ethics, examine the threefold criteria of good works and present a biblical threefold process for making ethical decisions.
Explore the authority of God and his word in ethics.
Explore the proper standards for ethical decisions by investigating the divine authorship and the attributes of Scripture.
Focuses on how a proper understanding of situations can help us understand God’s revelation.
Focuses on the overarching goal that God has laid before us, namely, the success and triumph of his kingdom as it spreads from heaven to cover the whole earth.
Identifies the major components of the ethical situation we encounter in the modern world, and to explain how each component bears on the ethical decisions we must make.
Explores the existential perspective by looking at the relationship between goodness and our being, focusing on how goodness relates to who we are.
Investigates the existential perspective on ethics by looking at the ways our motives and intentions affect the morality of our decisions.
Gives an overview of the primeval history, the literary structure, original meaning and modern application of Genesis 1-11.
Introduces the epistle of James as the New Testament book of wisdom, and examines the author, audience, occasion of writing, and the letter’s structure and content.
Explains how Revelation’s context and setting can help us understand its original meaning and apply its message to our own lives in the modern world.
Explores the literary composition of Revelation and explains the significance of its outline and major arguments.
Introduces perspectives on the author, audience, date and purpose of the book of Hebrews that can help us interpret the original meaning and apply this book to our modern world.
Explores the rhetorical tools the author of Hebrews used to exhort his original audience to remain faithful to Jesus, and explains how the author wove recurring elements into persuasive presentations.
Examines Genesis 2:4-3:24, the story of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden.
Examines Genesis 4:1-6:8, describing how human beings began to fill the world with violence, and how God reacted to those troubles.
Examines Genesis 6:9-11:9, describing the direction God established for his people to follow after the great flood in the days of Noah.
Explores the confusion about prophecy, a prophet’s experience, original meaning and New Testament perspectives on Old Testament prophecy.
Explores the job titles, transitions and expectations of a prophet.
Examines humanity and covenant, Israel and covenant as well as salvation and covenant.
Explores covenant ideals, judgments and blessings.
Examines how Old Testament history provides the context for properly understanding Old Testament prophecy.