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Are we supposed to fear God?

The most frequent command in the Bible is ‘do not fear’ yet there are also commands which say fear God.  The book of Proverbs, describing the path to the good life, begins by saying ‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge’ (Proverbs 1:7).  If we are told not to fear, if fear is a negative thing, why then are…

What is God Like (Part 3)

In the last two articles we have been exploring one of life’s greatest questions ‘What is God like?’ by looking at John’s Gospel.  This month we come to the final part in this mini-series considering how the events of Easter help us answer this question.  Previously we’ve considered that Jesus is God, so to know what God is like we need to…

What is God Like? (Part 2)

Last time we started exploring one of life’s greatest questions ‘What is God like?’ by looking at John’s Gospel.  This month we continue considering this same question as we look at the extraordinary statement of how God has made Himself known.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and…

What is God Like? (Part 1)

This is one of the great questions that people have wrestled with over millennia and is a question of paramount importance, because what we think about God will affect the way we relate to Him.  To think of God simply in terms of Creator might lead us to imagine a being of great power and yet relationally distant.  If we were brought…

If someone lived a godless life but in their last moments turned to Jesus, would they get to go to ‘heaven’ when they die?

I’ve included heaven in quotation marks because sometimes what we think of as ‘heaven’ is different to what the Bible teaches, but that’s a question for another time.  In answer to the question I was asked, yes, it is possible for someone to live a godless life, turn to Jesus at the last moment and then be welcomed into God’s Kingdom –…