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Another helpful site, written to respectfully challenge Christadelphians on some matters of doctrine in a biblical scholarly way is http://www.dianoigo.com/index.html

 

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    1. On the contrary, I have a great love and respect for Christadelphians and used to be one. I do not seek to blacken Christadelphians but I do take some issue with the assertions in some Christadelphian writings. I just wish to “speak the truth in love.” I believe that there is a great deal of misconception by mainstream Christians as to what Christadelphians believe and why and also misconceptions on the part of many Christadelphians as to what the doctrines of the trinity, divine and human natures of Christ and substitutionary atonement actually teach. Thank you for your comments. I welcome honest, biblical debate.

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      1. Having been yourself a Christadelphhian you should know enough reasons why we, like many other Bible Students, keep to the same faith the apostles had, having only One True God and not a Trinity.

        Best is just to listen to the words of Christ himself and to the words of his heavenly Father and remember that the Word of God, which we consider infallible tells us that God is a God of order and clarity who does not tell lies. It also tells us that Jesus did not do his own will, which he would have done when he would be God, but only wanted to do God His Will, and that he could sin but did not, which also means that he did not tell lies either.

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      2. When you read and quote from Christadelphian writers, you always should remember it is the same as reading and quoting form other Christian writers, them only being human beings and writing with their own possibilities but also with their own possible shortcomings. Never has there been a Christadelphian who said he or she was a prophet whose words had to be accepted as the only truth. Never has one of those writers called him or herself infallible.

        As you rightly point out many Christians do have a total misconception about the ideas and faith of the Christadelphians but also of other non-trinitarian groups in Christianity.

        Concerning our idea of the Trinity we only can go on what the majority of Trinitarian Christians say and write. Having been brought up in the Old Roman Catholic Church and also having been an acolyte myself, also having had a period I wanted to become a priest, I may think I quite clearly know what that church and other trinitarian churches mean by the Trinity. For sure they all take Jesus to be God Himself. Also in the Binairy Christian groups they also still take Jesus to be God.

        We have the Word of God, the Bible where the One Who does not tell lies clearly says Jesus is His only begotten son. That Word also tells us that God is a Spirit who can not be seen by man without him falling death. Jesus, who was seen by many who did not die, after his death (whilst God can not die) proofed to his disciples he was/is no spirit. We are also told that God knows everything, but Jesus had everything to learn and even did not know when he would return and who would be seated next to him. Clearly the man who himself said he could do nothing without his heavenly Father, Who is greater than him, did not pray to himself and did not ask himself why He (God) had abandoned himself (Jesus).

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      3. Thank you for your comments Marcus. I don’t suggest that Christadelphians claim any special revelation, quite the contrary. Their formal position is that reason alone is sufficient to determine the truth from God’s word, the Bible. However this inevitably opens the question as to why there are so many different interpretations. Christadelphian pioneer writers (less so modern writers) pull no punches when it comes to attacking the Trinity. Unfortunately, what is said about the Trinity is not always what the doctrine states. I would encourage you to carefully read all the various blog entries and the other suggested reading to ensure that your own perception of the Trinity is not solely defined by your individual experiences within the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, Jesus is the one and only Son of God but he also shares all the honours due to God, the attributes of God, the names of God, performs the deeds of God and shares the throne of God. No one has seen God the Father as yet, but Jesus is the Word of God (who was in the beginning with God and is God) made flesh who came to show us the Father In coming as the Word made flesh, the Son took the form of a servant, humbling himself and accepting a number of limitations during his earthly life and learned obedience through suffering. You may find the following blog entries particularly useful in addressing the points you raise: A Shared Glory (14/2/15) Book Review: Putting Jesus in His Plave (21/3/15) Paul and the Lordship of Christ (3/4/15) Fullness and Emptying 27/6/15) My Father is Greater than I (23/8/15) Truth recovered? (25/10/15).
        Kind regards, Ruth

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  1. Fascinating material – have read with interest. Is your new book, ‘The Trinity Hurdle’ available in the UK and if so, how can I get hold of a copy?

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    1. The Trinity Hurdle: Engaging Christadelphians, Arians, and Unitarians with the Gospel of the Triune God:
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BO8K2UE

      It’s an excellent resource for reaching out to Christadelphians with gentle spirit by speaking the truth in love. It challenges the major misconceptions Christadelphians have about Christian beliefs and also challenges misconceptions they have about themselves concerning their beliefs, origins and historic revisionism.

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    1. Thank you. I am very happy to discuss beliefs and hear others’ opinions. As you can see from my “About” blog I used to be a Christadelphian but now espouse a position that is essentially moderately reformed, evangelical Protestant Christianity, which I believe to be biblical. I am interested in what makes “Free Christadelphians” different from other Christadelphians; from what I can see you are non-trinitarian. You will be aware from my blog that I believe in the Trinity and substitutionary atonement. If you would like me to contribute to your blog I am happy to write on topics you suggest, not necessarily repeating material on my blog topics, although those doctrines will obviously underpin my opinions. I recently wrote an extensive reply to an email inquiry in which I go through each of the items in the Christadelphian Statement of Faith. I would be happy to forward that to you. But to provide a short answer as to which Christadelphian beliefs I consider to be scriptural and which I share (perhaps with some minor differences): The inspiration, sufficiency and infallibility of Scripture, the same One God is God of Old and New Testaments, Jesus is fully human, born of the virgin Mary, Jesus was sent because of the need of mankind for redemption, Adam was the first man, created by God, and was sentenced to death for sin, which has passed on to all humans because all have sinned, the covenants with Abraham and David, the crucifixion, death and resurrection of the Lord, his intercessory work at the Father’s right hand, that salvation is by grace through faith by the blood of Jesus Christ who is the only way of salvation, that the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated by Christ but will not be consummated until his bodily return to earth, that our ultimate hope is for bodily resurrection to immortality, that he will judge the living and the dead at his return. I hope that answers your question and I look forward to further correspondence. Blessings, Ruth Sutcliffe

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      1. The “Free” in our name indicates that we are not bounded to any human organisation. In Christadelphianism like in many other denominations there are groups who like to have power or dominance over others. We belief that the sent one from God, Who is not God Who came to the earth, but who is the son of man and son of God, is the cornerstone of God’s Church. It is under his guidance that we want to stand and follow his teachings and not those of other men or women.

        As you can see at the From Guestwriters lifestyle magazine we do not believe that only one or an other group of believers is saved, and that baptism in our community would guaranty your entrance in the Kingdom of God. According to us it depends on each individual his or her beliefs as well on his or her attitude and willingness to repent when having done something wrong. For us works are part of the Christian attitude which should show a difference between a Christian and non-believer who also can do many good works (but would not be able to enter God’s Kingdom).

        We believe there should be a unity of thought under Christians and ability to work together. As such if you would not mind leaving out discussions on the Trinity matter we would not mind having you looking at the world and how people have to behave in that world.

        Hopefully this sheds already some light on our vision?

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