At Door Creek Church, we recognize that belief in God can be difficult and that it is worth acknowledging and wrestling with the questions, doubts, and skepticism that surround the claims of the Christian faith.
We warmly welcome both believers and skeptics to process their doubts and beliefs with the recognition that it is not sufficient to hold on to them just because we inherited them. If you are interested in processing your doubts and beliefs or exploring Christianity, we'd love to have you visit us at one of our weekend gatherings.
This page is a place for both skeptics and believers to engage with theological and cultural issues surrounding Christianity and to explore what Christianity teaches. Our goal is for this page to provide topics and resources to help you grow spiritually. Whether you consider yourself a Christ-follower, a skeptic or somewhere in the middle, there is a great deal we can learn together as we investigate the truth claims of the Christian faith.
You don't have to wrestle with these questions alone. We invite you to take the next step can check out our Exploring Christianity class where these questions and more will be discussed over a meal in community with others.
Can I Trust the Bible?
The Bible is not a collection of myths, but one story rooted in actual history. The best place to start when examining the reliability of the Bible is with the gospels and the life of Jesus. There are many great scholars that demonstrate how the gospel accounts are not myth, but eyewitness testimony to historical events and accurately record the life of Jesus.
If the gospel accounts can be held to be true and reliable, then from that foundational starting place, we can begin to work out how we can trust the reliability of the entire Bible.
- Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham
- The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
In today's culture it sounds offensive to say Jesus is the only way to God or to salvation. Isn’t it more tolerant to say that Jesus is one among many ways to God (if there even is a God) then to arrogantly say your view of truth is the only way to see it?
All other religions basically show us a prophet or sage who points people to God, but in Christianity, we see that Jesus is God who has come to find us. If Jesus is not God, then He has no claim on your life and does not have the authority to tell you how to find God. If he truly is God who came to find you, He has an exclusive claim on your life and possesses the authority to show you the way to God.
The question that follows this discussion is an ancient one: who do you say that Jesus is?
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message by Ravi Zacharias
Why Does God Allow Suffering?
Suffering is one of the great challenges to Christian faith. If there is a good and all-powerful God, how can He allow suffering? There are no simple and easy answers, but the Christian faith holds that God is both all-loving and all-powerful, yet suffering still exists.
The Bible is filled with people who suffer and who question God on their suffering. There is real wrestling and honest struggling in the Bible with people before an all-loving and all-powerful God. But in the Bible, we see that we are not left to suffer alone, that God has actually suffered with us and for us through Jesus. This doesn’t eliminate our suffering, but it does show us that God is willing to walk right into the middle of suffering himself and with us.
Is There Really a Heaven and Hell?
The Bible’s teaching on heaven and hell are not tricks to make anyone conform to a certain behavior. They are meant to bring us deep hope and trust in God.
The Christian faith teaches that an eternal God created a good world that was marred by human sin and rebellion. The reality of humanity’s rebellion toward God means that just as there are two ways to live now, with God and without God, there are two ways to live forever, with God or without God.
What Do I Have to Give up to Follow Jesus?
The beauty of Christianity is that anyone can become a Christian. The message of the gospel is for all people. Many people think that though the message of Christianity may be for all kinds of people, once you become a Christian, your freedom is erased and your identity is lost.
Thankfully, this is not at all what it means to be a Christian. Through faith in Christ, we don’t discard who we are, we become who we are and discover the true freedom and identity that is found by embracing the gospel. No straightjackets needed.
- The Reason for God by Tim Keller
- Two Ways to Live - a presentation of the Gospel
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