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The Lord

Is there a God? If not, what would that mean for us? If so, what does THAT mean for us? Doctrine (structured thinking) about the Lord is one of the main things we need to have, if we're to understand how to live our lives. Let's take a look at this fundamental subject.

About God (The Lord)

What is God like? What sort of being could create and sustain the universe? From atoms to parsecs. For billions of years. And ... why?

263 - A God Near at Hand

To contemplate the qualities of God is mind-boggling, and then to realize that God cares for us individually and is intimately present in our lives is also astounding.

271 - How the Lord Communicates

The Lord communicates indirectly, in order to give us the freedom to opt in.

Having Faith in the Lord

What can we learn about faith from one of the Lord's first disciples, Simon Peter?

The Most Important Teachings About the Lord

Maybe it's obvious, but... one of the key things for a true understanding of life, the universe, and everything (hat tip to Douglas Adams) is to think hard and learn as much as you can about the nature of God. Here's a list that will spur your thinking.

Holy Spirit

New Christian teaching regards the Holy Spirit as a force, or activity, coming from God -- not a separate being. This aligns with our everyday understanding of "spirit" as the projection of someone's personality.

#138 Decoding the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

In this Bible study, we try to read Scripture from an angelic rather than earthly perspective to decipher what the Trinity is and why it is discussed the way it is in the Bible.

What the Bible says about Jesus as God

In which we look at what the Word says about Jesus and Jehovah...

In My Name

Three times, in the Gospel of John, Jesus tells people to ask for something "in My name". It sounds very much like intercession, i.e. that Jesus and "the Father" are separate people. But we know they aren't. What does it really mean?

The Veil was Torn from Top to Bottom

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple in Jerusalem tore in half, from top to bottom. It was a spiritual watershed.

I am

Jehovah once calls Himself "I AM". It's one of the Bible's deepest statements about the nature of God.

A Ransom for Many - What can that mean?

Some of the old ways of thinking about this are... wrong!

Infinity and Eternity

As human beings, we're able to get just a glimmer of the ideas of forever - eternity - and infinity.

Why Christianity?

What happened with the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth? Was he the Messiah, the Christ, whose coming was prophesied many times in the Old Testament?

Divine Truth

How can truth make something? How can truth sustain something? Imagine if you could mix elements of dreaming and being awake...

The Trinity - and the Mistake People Made in 325 AD

The Christian church took a wrong turn, at the Council of Nicea, in 325 AD. They debated the nature of Jesus Christ, and the majority opinion got it wrong.

Divine Human

The Divine needs to connect with what's been created, especially to what is human.

The Lord as Redeemer

Part of the Christian message is the concept of redemption. What does it mean, to say that the Lord redeemed people?

The Second Coming

"The Lord's coming does not consist, as the letter has it, in His appearing once again in the world, but in His presence within everyone." (Arcana Coelestia 3900, Emanuel Swedenborg)

Glorification... what is it?

Swedenborg uses the word “glorification” in relation to Jesus’s life on earth, as the Divine in Him was strengthened and developed.

Exinanition - what is that?

Exinanition is a seldom-used word that means "emptying out" or "taking away." It can be used to describe some of the states of mind that the Lord experienced during his life on earth, when He felt separated from the Divine. We go through states like this, too, in our lives, when we feel doubt, emptiness, and disconnectedness.

Ends, Causes, and Effects

The widely-known triad of philosophical concepts - ends, causes, and effects - is used to express a pattern that underlies everything that we do. How does it work?

Why Did Jesus Come to Earth as a Baby?

Could there be reasons for the humble, vulnerable beginnings of Jesus’s life? Let's explore how the Divine design may have been at play from the very beginning of Christ's life.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

"The people who walk in darkness" symbolize people who have faith -- they are walking -- but it's a dim faith, without much knowledge of the genuine truths in the Word. And yet, when the Lord is born, they are receptive.

God the Creator

The most important truth of the New Christianity is that there is a God - one God - who created heaven and earth.