First Steps investigating Christianity (All English)

Introduction

When I first visited church, there was a class called First Step for those who do not know about Christianity.

I thought that I would like to share the contents learned there with you.

I’d like you to read by all those who do not understand Christianity somewhat!

Overview

  • Step 1: What is God like?
  • Step 2: Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Step 3: What is the Gospel?
  • Step 4: What is the story of the Bible?
  • Step 5: What is Christian?

Write three articles at a time for one step.

Even if you read it in one stroke, it is ok even if you read little by little!

If you think you can do anything, you’ll see what you can’t do.

If you think you can’t do anything, you’ll see what you can do while you’re doing it.

What is important is to take a step forward.

Please take a step on your feet!

Step 1: What is God like?

In the first place, what kind of person is God?

I only have the feeling like the image above, but When We look at the world there are many ideas about God.

The Boble is God’s revealed word about himself, so let’s look at what the Bible teaches about God.

God is one

Some religions teach that there are many gods, but the Bible teaches us that there is only one true God.

1 Corinthians 8:6

…there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist…

The Bible theaches that this one God is the creator of everything.

Genesis 1:1

In the begining, God created the heavens and the earth.

Everything else is his creation.

The beauty and complexity that is found in the natural world is compelling evidence for the existence of a Creator of God.

Consider

you are walking in the field and you find a smartphone falling.

  1. Do you think that at that time, all smartphone materials were in the field, and happened to be smart phones by chance by a big tornado or explosion?
  2. Do you think you have a smartphone owner and that person has dropped it in the field?

think that I would normally consider the person of 2.

However, since the smartphone is a very complicated machine, I think that it is certain that “there is a smartphone factory somewhere, there should be designers and programmers who made this.”

This world we have is far more complicated than this smartphone.

Well, there may be someone who designed this complex world, too.

The complexity of the universe gives us reason to believe there is a designer..God.

Examples where the universe is complex

  • The earth is just right distance from the sun. Venus is too close to living. (462 degrees Celsius). Jupiter is too far (minus 145 degrees Celsius)
  • The inclination of the earth (23.4 degrees) is perfect for creating a seasonal and pleasant weather.
  • The earth is perfect size. Oxygen escapes if the earth is smaller now (Mars).
  • If the earth is bigger now, toxic gases will accumulate (Jupiter).
  • The moon is perfect size to keep the earth’s inclination and the ocean current indispensable for the sea creatures.
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Are these events happening by chance?

If by chance, it is the same as having chosen 1. instead of 2.

It is too unnatural.

Is not it more natural to think that the accuracy and design of these facts is not the accidental occurrence of them, but to think that it was made by designers?

The following contents are difficult, so you can skip it.

God is Holy

The Bible says that God is “holy”.

This means God is set apart and in a category of his own.

God is completely pure and perfect.

He is without flaw, blemish, error or defect, which is unlike everything and everyone else.

Isaiah 6:3

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

hroughout the Bible, those who encountered the presence of God are changing dramatically.

In Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah tells the experience of being in the presence of God.

Let’s see how he responded when he experienced the purity of God.

Isaiah 6:4-5

And the foundations of the thresholods shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said; “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Summarize

  1. God is the only one.
  2. How people thinking that God is there is more natural than nothing.
  3. How was it that God was holy.

When I first heard this content, I thought deeply about God for the first time.

I think that chances of thinking deeply about God are few, so I hope if you think that it was a good opportunity!

There is no need to try trying to forcibly.

It is truly amazing if you can understand it at once!

I was a little sympathizing with the contents of 2. By all means, please send if you have comments!

Thank you for reading !

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