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Questioning God in Prayer

Learning to Pray

"Lord, teach us to pray..." (Luke 11:1)

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The resurrection of Jairus's daughter.

What the Bible says about... Who Is Saved?

The Bible states clearly that it is the way a person lives, not just what he believes, that determines whether he goes to heaven or not. Jesus said, "Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

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Cherry Blossom

What really happened at Easter?

What does the New Church teach about Easter? It's a short question, but it involves a big network of connected ideas. It can't be answered right in a sound bite, so bear with me…

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Camino de Emaús, by Lelio Orsi, shows Jesus walking with two of his disciples, who haven't yet recognized him.

On the Road to Emmaus

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to two of his disciples while they were walking to the village of Emmaus. They didn't recognize him at first.

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An illustration from the Miraculous Draft of Fishes, by J. James Tissot, between 1886 and 1896.

The Breakfast by the Sea of Galilee

A few days after Jesus's resurrection, 7 of his disciples have returned to Galilee. In this story, they go fishing, and catch nothing until Jesus appears to them, standing on the shore, and tells them to fish on the right side of the boat.

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Feed my lambs and Feed my sheep

An After-Breakfast Conversation

In this story, at the very end of the Gospel of John, Jesus quizzes Peter in the well-known - but curious - 'Feed my Lambs' conversation. Then He tells seven disciples a short parable, and finally damps down a flash of competitiveness between the disciples.

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Pathways through Spiritual Topics:

For each of us, there's a path heading in the right direction, and it's open for us to follow. If we follow it, we will allow the Lord to grow new, good, loves in our hearts, and - in the end - our guiding love will be a love to the Lord, and the neighbor, and we will accept salvation.

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Human beings have been given two key abilities - rational minds, and spiritual freedom. If we develop our rationality, we can use our freedom well. So... it's important for us to understand spiritual truths, like the ones linked here.

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Is the Bible really the Word of God? For thousands of years, it's been preserved, and read, and appreciated. What do we know about it? How do we approach it?

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