Did the resurrection of Jesus occur as an actual historical event or was it an invented story made up by certain individuals over the course of time? Jesus' resurrection is the very cornerstone of Christianity.
This course looks at all the empirical data and documented events surrounding this most amazing story. Historical records of both Jesus followers and others considered enemies of the movement from the 1st and 2nd centuries are viewed and discussed.
Start Date: April 26, 2018 (9 weeks)
Time: Thursdays @ 7:00pm
The Book of Revelation, often called the Revelation to John, the Apocalypse of John, The Revelation, or simply Revelation or Apocalypse, is a book of the New Testament that occupies a central place in Christian eschatology. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in Koine Greek: apokalypsis, meaning unveiling or revelation.
The prophetic and symbolic imagery has led to a wide variety of Christian interpretations: historicist interpretations see in Revelation a broad view of history; preterist interpretations treat Revelation as mostly referring to the events of the apostolic era (1st century), or, at the latest, the fall of the Roman Empire; futurists believe that Revelation describes future events; and idealist or symbolic interpretations consider that Revelation does not refer to actual people or events, but is an allegory of the spiritual path and the ongoing struggle between good and evil.
This study looks at this book as divinely inspired, along with the rest of the bible, and uses the vantage point of comparing earlier prophetic writings to help understand and interpret John's message to the early Christians.
In this course we will be looking at Old Testament prophecy, and New Testament writings as it relates to the establishment of God's Kingdom.
This course looks at the actual historical documentation from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries to understand the processes which brought about our New Testament.
The New Testament portion of the Christian Bible contains 27 different books, or letters written by 10 different authors, each from different backgrounds. Why does it contain only 27 documents, and why these 27 documents. Out of the hundreds of documents written during the 1st and 2nd Centuries, why only these 27? And, why were 7 of them at one time disputed, but eventually included?
The Bible itself cannot be used to answer these questions, because the authors themselves never indicated a specific list of exclusive books to be included as a complete set. Was it a single 'council', or organization that determined the final set? The historical evidence shows otherwise.
In the market place of ideas and institutions of learning, we are told by the priests of evolution that it is no longer a theory, but rather evolution a fact. The first question that comes to mind is, which version of evolution is a fact? Macro or Micro Evolution.
The second question one should ask is which scientists believe which 'theory'? There are several theories being bandied about in the scientific communities, which don't agree on the details of Macro Evolution.
This course looks at the available science and facts relating to this subject. We ask a lot of questions, search for answers and have open discussion.
Through out the Old Testament we find hundreds of passages predicting the coming Messiah and establishment of God's Kingdom. In what we call the New Testament we find its writers declaring and proving those prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Some suggest there are over 300 of such prophetic fulfillment. What are the statistical odds of any or all of them coming to fruition? Did they all come to fruition?
This course looks at the most prominent and exacting prophecies and compares them with what actually occurred in the first century.
Registration is now open.
Course starting: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm ET (USA)
Instructor: Dale Smelser
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