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Seven Scientific Proofs of God

I wanted to offer my sincerest thanks for this excellent piece. As a certified biology teacher, researcher and statistician, I have sometimes been troubled by the little bit of knowledge accrued in my past education. Your article was so well-written and convincing, I was moved to tears when I finished. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

From the Internet

 

Why Are So Many Abandoning Christianity?

I tend to believe that morality has little to do with this trend. It has more to do with the Internet and television exposing Christianity’s judgmentalism and hypocrisy, as well as the horrific things that occurred in Catholicism. It’s the many “Christian” preachers who are in it for the money that have destroyed Christianity. I could go on but I think you see my point. God bless your ministry.

From the Internet

 

Christmas: Is It Really “Glory to the Newborn King?”

I agree with the article that Jesus probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25, but the fact is that He was born. I gladly celebrate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25 and put a nativity set out on my front yard, though I realize Christmas has become all about presents, Santa Claus, etc. today. What day of the year do you celebrate as being Jesus’ birthday? Because He was born, as the Bible clearly says.

From the Internet

The Bible is clear that we must worship God the Father and Jesus Christ in the manner They tell us to. Using the Bible as the guide for our worship, we see plain commands to observe Holy Days like Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. In contrast, as is pointed out in the article, Christmas had its origins in pagan celebrations and was adopted as a holiday centuries after the original apostles were dead and the New Testament was written. Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His day for their religious hypocrisy, using extremely strong language taken from the prophet Isaiah: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’” (Matthew 15:7-9 Matthew 15:7-9 [7] You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, [8] This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
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; quoting Isaiah 29:13 Isaiah 29:13Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
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). Our stance is that we should avoid that same condemnation from Jesus Christ and teach others the truth from the Bible. Given the well-known, widely verified pagan history of Christmas and the fact its celebration is promoted nowhere in the Bible, we choose to honor God the Father and Jesus Christ by not participating in such observances.

 

Thanks for free publications

Thank you for your site. I’ve been a follower of Beyond Today for many years. I have your Bible Study Course lessons and most of your booklets. I have used much of your teaching material in my own small classes in my home. I just wanted to commend all of you for a great job. Thank you for all you do.

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Reader in search of a local congregation

I want to keep the biblical Sabbath. For years I have wondered why no one kept the Sabbath. Can you please tell me if there is a United Church of God congregation near me?

Reader in Georgia

We have congregations in many areas. You can find the one closest to you at ucg.org/congregations . We hope to see you at a Sabbath service soon!

 

Comments from around the world

This is to say many thanks for your extreme love, kindness and generosity. I am so deeply grateful to you for these booklets, which are also so greatly valued and appreciated. You are always in my prayers. May our Lord God richly bless you all.

Reader in the United Kingdom

It is with great joy that I received from you the most recent issue with the explanation of the truths of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. It is very pleasant that the United Church of God, which has branches and congregations all over the world, has turned its eyes also to our sinful country. With great pleasure I read your magazine and study your Bible courses. I know that God gives the greatest gifts to people who agree to be reconciled to Him and begin a new life in accordance with the teachings of the Bible. God’s greatest gift is eternal life.

Reader in Russia

I cannot wait for the study guide to arrive here in South Africa. I have a sincere wish to further my quest to learn more about our Heavenly Father. I have been receiving Beyond Today magazine for some time now. I must confess I find the magazine and your booklets very instructive and I have learnt a lot. I’ve read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation three times already but don’t always grasp the meaning. But I learn such a lot from just reading your magazines.

I have just read the September-October issue. What a wealth of well written and informative articles! I am wanting to acquire multiple copies to share with several of my friends. Thank you and keep up the great work.

Reader in South Africa