Christadelphian Bible-based Beliefs
What Christadelphians Believe - in a Nutshell
The Christadelphians, "Brothers and Sisters in Christ", are a body of Bible believing people, who aim to live by faith in Jesus Christ, according to the teaching of his followers from the first century AD, finding their instruction in a wholly inspired Bible. Central to Christadelphian belief is that Christ will one day return to the Earth to establish the Kingdom of God and grant eternal life to his people - those who have tried to follow him and God.
What Christadelphians Believe gives an introduction to each of the key areas of Christadelphian belief. Although you may disagree with some of the points made here you will see that all Christadelphian beliefs are firmly rooted in the Bible.
The fundamental Christadelphian beliefs are:
- The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:1.
- There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power. (John 17:3, Luke 1:35, Deuteronomy 6:4.
- Jesus is the Son of God, and also the son of a human being, his mother Mary, so making him Son of Man. Jesus was tempted just like us because of this. But Jesus was not just a great man, he was the Son of the Most High God, and was perfect. (Luke 1:30-31, John 3:18).
- Man is mortal, having no existence when dead. (Psalm 6:5, Isaiah 38:18, Acts 2:29,34)
- By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death. (Hebrews 4:15, 1 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Corinthians15: 20-23, Galatians 3:27-29)
- Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation. (Mark 16:16.)
- God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return. (Acts 10:40, Romans 8:34, Acts 1:11)
- When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
- His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 15:23-26)
Choosing the right Bible translation for you
From time to time, I get asked which the best Bible translation is. There is no easy answer to this, but hopefully the following notes will be of some assistance and the general principles will apply to Bibles in any language - even though I am dealing with English Bibles.
I guess if we wanted to absolutely sure of getting an unbiased reading, we
would have to learn Greek and Hebrew and read the Testaments in their
original tongue. On the other hand, you can do as I do and believe that if
the Bible is the Word of God and He has given it to us for our guidance,
He will not allow the message to be distorted or lost.
What does the "Dawn" bit mean?
www.bible-uk.com is run by a Christadelphian who has chosen to belong to the Dawn Fellowship. There are other fellowships, and there are many Christadelphian websites. So what's the difference?
"Mainstream Christendom" (for want of a better phrase) is made up of many
denominations ( C of E, Baptist, Catholic etc). Some differences between the
denominations are doctrinal and some are organisational. Christadelphianism has
several fellowships, which differ slightly on matters of doctrine and/or
The Problem of Suffering
SUFFERING is a problem in life that comes home to everyone. A child is born blind, deformed or mentally afflicted; and the question comes: Why? The child has done no harm.
A man or woman of fine character and in the prime of life is racked with pain in a hopeless disease that can only end in death. Why him? Why her? These are the people who can least be spared.
Millions in the world are suffering semi-starvation and disease in countries with vast populations and little fertility. Others perish or are made homeless in floods and earthquakes. Why should they suffer?
Where do Suffering, Evil and War come from?
Did Jesus Pre-Exist?
The purpose of this article is not to consider whether Jesus is God. The
doctrine of the trinity is not supported by the Bible. The concept of Christ
being co-equal and co-eternal with God is quite easily proved false with just
Prayer is something the Bible mentions 107 times, "prayed" 65 times and
"pray" 306 times. Therefore it is obviously something very important. The
Disciples evidently thought so to and said to Jesus: "Lord, teach us to pray"
(Luke 11v1). It therefore ought to be important for us to learn to pray
effectively, but how should we go about it? Perhaps the best way to find out
anything is to ask questions, so let's ask a few.
Armageddon and the Apocalypse
What do these words mean and how will it affect us?
Both Armageddon and the Apocalypse are Biblical words that have passed into
common usage with a corresponding loss of meaning. Nowadays, every war is a
potential Armageddon and every disaster a potential Apocalypse, yet the true
Biblical meanings are much more specific and of course closely woven into God's
plan for the world.
If there is one subject guaranteed to generate anger and disbelief it is when Christians talk about homosexuality. It isn't long before charges of homophobia are flying and offence is taken. So what exactly is the Biblical stance on homosexuality?
I am referring to the Bible, because that is the only book we believe to have
Divine origins and if we believe it is the Word of God, then that is where we
should look for guidance.