Two books about hope
Have you — or someone
you know — lost hope? Read one or both of these
books. Or print either book
for someone else.
1: Lost Hope
2: How Was Hope Lost?
3: Why is Sin Fun?
4: The Real Jesus
5: Is Hope Possible?
6: Finding Hope
1: Introducing Hope
"This book addresses the ultimate subject of
hope, but it will be very different from most books of this
type that you would expect to read. First, we are not asking
that you believe what we are telling you. We will simply give
you the information and then let you decide what you want to do
with it...We will be talking about Jesus more than any other
person. You will find, however, that the Bible describes him as
a very different individual than the Christmas-card Jesus
sleeping in a cattle feeding trough...The second way in which
this book will be strikingly different is it its contrast to
many books which try to "market" Jesus...We want to carefully
explain the high cost of commitment to Jesus without coercing
you into making a decision to follow him. In fact, we could not
be more clear about anything than our desire to avoid any
attempt to manipulate you."
2: Creation's Design Specification
"The design specification for any project
provides the precise requirements for that proposed design,
giving in-depth detail about each step to be taken toward its
completion. It provides the engineers and builders with all of
the information necessary in order to achieve the intended
outcome...Probably the most comprehensive design specification
in the Bible was written by the Apostle Paul in approximately
60-62 AD...He said: 'Even before the world was made, God had
already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so
that we would be holy and without fault before him.' (Ephesians
3: The Argument for Holiness
"Is holiness desirable? Is holiness a standard
which is good only for God, or does it actually have benefits
for the human inhabitants of God's created world?...Before we
look specifically at God's attribute of holiness, let's look
back in history at the chaos in the region of Sub-Saharan
Africa and draw from it a suggestion as to why our own human
holiness is inadequate to control our world."
4: Identifying the Creator (Part 1)
"To this point we have simply identified the
Creator as "God." That is, after all, how the account of
creation begins in the first book of the Bible: 'In the
beginning...God created the universe.' (Genesis 1:1)...We are
left with an inescapable conclusion from both the Old and New
Testaments, including the statements of Jesus himself. There is
a sense of unity in which God can be described as "one." At the
same time, as a person entirely unique from God the Father,
Jesus can be described as being eternal and existing
continuously with God and as fully equal to God."
5: Identifying the Creator (Part 2)
"We can now identify the Creator. He is the one
who was eternally with God and who later came to earth as the
man named Jesus...The New Testament shows Jesus as being equal
with God because he is also eternal just as he is outside of
everything which is created. Thus, we learn that God can be
described as "one" at the same time that Jesus can be described
as being a person entirely unique from God the Father who is
also eternal and is fully equal to God."
6: Manuscript Evidence
"Did you notice in previous chapters that many of
our arguments came from Greek verb tenses, precise Greek words
defining creation, the meaning of Greek words such as "visible
likeness," and more? Why is there so much concern with this
detailed accuracy in the original Greek text?...Today we know
that the Greek text of the New Testament almost exactly
reproduces that which was written by the original authors. This
is important because Christianity is not merely a philosophy.
It is a precise faith...It would be impossible to have any
certainty in the Christian faith if the text on which it was
based was not completely accurate."
7: The Creator Became a Man
"In this chapter we want to look at that period
of time in which Jesus lived on earth...During his teaching
ministry, he gathered a group of faithful followers who
eventually came to believe that he was the promised deliverer
of Israel (see Acts 1:6). But above all else, Jesus came to
this earth to be the Redeemer. It is Jesus' role as Redeemer
which gives us the possibility of hope. Again, all that will be
said under the following two headings has been the faith of
traditional Christianity for 2,000 years."
8: Finding Hope (Part 1)
"We can now demonstrate what true hope would be.
If you knew with absolute certainty that you were "holy and
without fault before God," would that not be the basis of
immense hope?...None of us have the ability to be holy, nor do
we even naturally desire to be holy. God has given each of us
his permission to follow him or to be disobedient to him.
However, within that area of personal choice, God has also made
himself available to all who want his assistance in any part of
9: Finding Hope (Part 2)
"This chapter will explain how to come into union
with Jesus...The generally understood steps leading to
salvation among most within the 2,000 year-old Christian
tradition are: 1) Recognition of personal
sin...2) Repentance from sin...3) Trust in Jesus'
holiness as all that is needed to be "holy and without fault
10: Living With Hope
"There are at least four major component parts in
the hope which results from our union with Jesus...The first of
these four parts is the hope of eternal life that each
individual may have as a result of being set free
(redeemed)...A second important part of freedom in Jesus'
(redemption) is that God will exercise perfect justice...A
third vital part of freedom in Jesus (redemption) is that
society will someday be set free so that there will be complete
peace between all nations and ethnic groups. Finally, our
fourth hope is that all of creation will be set free and there
will once again be a perfect universe."