C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
The Interpretation of the Bible
The Christadelphians believe that reaching the saving truth is through a correct understanding of the Bible. The approach therefore to those showing interest is to suggest that they “read the Bible for themselves” whilst seeking to steer them to the same conclusions from a position of intellectual advantage. Gaining the knowledge necessary to test whether Christadelphian claims do in fact match up to what is written in the Bible in fact is an extremely difficult and complex task and like churches which take similar positions is why it ends up heavily intellectual in focus.
This section is designed so that it can be read as a series. It starts by looking at the Foundational Claims
of the Community and continues with a consideration of the basic idea of Independence of Thought that is necessary if the Bible alone (as Christadelphians believe) is all we have got and the limits to the ability of many folk to do what is suggested. It then examines some Necessary Considerations about
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THE TRINITY HURDLE
NOVEL: HOLY BIBLE
You lay a great stress upon facts throughout your letters, and are incessant in your demand that I should attend to them. This is good; but facts have to be rightly put together, and then you must have all the facts. I do not think you put the facts rightly together, and you leave out some, I am sure.
(Robert Roberts, a Christadelphian Pioneer, quoted
by Ruth McHaffie in Brethren Indeed)
The Spirit of liberty, based upon the law of faith, is the Spirit of Christ; and this spirit all the Sons of God are privileged to possess, and having it, to breathe. I claim the right of exercising this privilege, as well as my contemporaries; and I require of them that they should do to me as once they loudly required others to do to them…
(written by John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians, when he was against creeds in
The Apostolic Advocate magazine, August 1836)
(John Thomas, from Apostacy Unveiled, p. 137,
quoted in The Christadelphian Magazine, January 1906)
Must a man never progress? If he discovers an error in his premises, must he for ever hold to it for the sake of consistency? May such a calamity never befall me! Rather let me change every day, till I get right at last.
(from a letter written by John Thomas in 1848, quoted by Robert Roberts, in Dr. Thomas: His Life and Work)
Do what is right; be valiant for the Truth; teach it without compromise, and all lovers of the Truth will approve you. For all others you need not care a rush!
(from a letter written by John Thomas to Robert Roberts and published in The Christadelphian magazine, February 1866)