The outline part of “Steps to know God” is as brief a presentation as possible while maintaining biblical accuracy. If it is still too long, you could fit the first part on a small piece of paper and append the scripture references below in parenthesis (as if anyone ever looks those up anyway).
I remember being an 18-20 year old unbeliever, who did not have the time or interest to read a long explanation of what it means to be a Christian. So I tried to keep the steps brief, yet, expandable. My target audience is the good soil anyway, since they are the only ones in the parable of the seed who abide.
Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience. (KJV)
I made it expandable to reach those with questions that neither gospel tracts nor most Christians can answer. All these questions are addressed via layers of links in the “Steps to know God”.
They are also found on the FAQ page.
Some sites with good content are not accessible to a non-Christian. Visitors may not know where to begin, lost in Christian jargon and complexities. This becomes information overload. The central claims of Christ cannot be emphasized when EVERYTHING is emphasized. A non-believer might be better off just reading the entire bible. Many of them admit, however, that they cannot understand it.
30Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
31"How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
The site has a glossary which defines unfamiliar terms to the non-Christian visitor. The navigation system is a series of organized questions related to the Gospel. The idea behind the site is that a visitor can quickly access an understandable biblical answer to their question.
Why write unique
content? The answer lies in the answer
to these two questions;
13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-3 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 15 (Whole Chapter)
As you can tell, “this gospel” has conditions mentioned in these passages: Namely standing or holding firmly to the end. This website exists mainly because most other presentations of the gospel leave out this important part of the gospel message.
22But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
This conditional gospel IS the THE gospel: Paul’s gospel, Jesus’s gospel, Abraham’s gospel. This gospel must not only be believed, but obeyed:
One of the commands that is often not taught as the only viable biblical Christian initiation right in Evangelical circles is water baptism. It is often replaced in Gospel tracts with a “sinner’s prayer”. Thankfully, someone else already wrote about why this is a bad idea.
This article was a catalyst for me that shook my religious foundations regarding what theGospel is. I decided to leave my Christian training behind and rely on the scriptures instead. I looked at how Jesus and the apostles “gave an answer”:
16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked,
"Teacher, what good thing must I do
to get eternal life?"
17"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
Why does this site exist? I felt like I had to write my own gospel tract in order to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks…”.
1 Peter 3
14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
I noticed that other apologetic sites (that answer educated inquirers questions) charge money for their articles and books. Anything on this site (there are roughly 80 articles that average 8 pages in length, so that is at least 600 pages) is all free. I don’t care if people use it either, as long as they do not quote me out of context, or make money off of its use.
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