Modulo
Module 0: A Firm Foundation
0/0 Introduction
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.Getting Started
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Welcome to 'Modulo' - a series of 'modules' that build into an exploration of God and Christianity, which many people find helps to give their life meaning.

This 'Module 0' is divided into 6 parts to provide a 'Firm Foundation' for initial enquirers and is designed to help us decide if God exists, what he's like, how we can get to know him for ourselves and what others have already discovered.

All the Module are divided into several parts, the first part (numbered /0) gives an Introduction whilst the rest of the parts (numbered /1 - /2, etc) explore the topic in detail with questions to help us relate it to our own life today.

All the Modules give Bible references - you may like to look up some of them to give authority to the material presented. (Return to top)
    ........Module 0 Index
    0/0  Introduction (this page)
    0/1  Is it rational to believe?
    0/2  What's God Like?
    0/3  Building a Relationship
    0/4  Getting to Know God
    0/5  Introducing the 'OT'
    0/6  Introducing the 'NT'

If you're new or unsure we suggest you start with Module 0. If you already know the basics, you may prefer to go straight to Module 1 instead.
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.Module 0/1 - Is It Rational To Believe?
Is there a living God? No-one can prove God exists, but equally no-one can prove he doesn't either. There's several ways this question can be approached, but one of the most common, and probably the easiest to understand, is to look at creation all about us, and that's the approach we use. (Return to top)
  • It's good to put God first, so we first address the question 'Who is God?' before asking 'Who am I?' and 'How can I be happy?'
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.Module 0/2 - What's God Like?
If we can accept that God does (or might) exist, the next obvious question is 'What's he like?' For Christians, the answer is 'A Holy Trinity', but that can be a difficult idea to grasp. This part attempts to explain it.

It's an important question as it's fundamental to the answer of why God created the universe, why he acts as he does and why we're here. Understanding this helps give our life meaning. (Return to top)
  • Once we know what God is like we can ask 'What is the spiritual world?', 'Why is there suffering?' and 'What happens when I die?'
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.Module 0/3 - Building a Relationship
There are several ways of getting to know God. This part introduces the idea of prayer. It suggests that we relate to others by communicating with them, so to have a relationship with God we need to communicate with him too, and prayer is one of the important ways we do that.

We address the questions 'What is prayer?' 'How can I make time to pray in a busy life?' and 'What shall I say?' (Return to top)
  • Answers are given to the commonly asked questions: ‘Is it more than talking to yourself?’ and ‘Does God answer?’

  • Module 9 provides a 'Simple Guide to Prayer' and a common 'Prayer Sheet' with opening and closing prayers for each Module.
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.Module 0/4 – Getting To Know God
Another important way of getting to know God is by finding out what others have experienced before us, and the Christian holy book 'The Bible' is a good source for that.

We look first at differences between the way people wrote in Bible times and the way we write today, which helps us to understand the Bible better, then at the account of creation in the Bible and our early ancestors' attempts to understanding the world around them. (Return to top)
  • The Bible's first book reveals 'beginnings', the beginning of creation and the beginning of history.

  • Module 1 will go on to explore how humanity grew to know God and his rules for living.
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. .Module 0/5 – Introducing The Old Testament
'The Bible' is the Christian Holy Book, written by humans so limited by our language and knowledge, but thought to be inspired by God, so it's often called 'The Holy Bible'. The title 'Bible' is a Greek word that just means 'Books'. It's divided into two sections, the Old and New Testaments.

Parts 0/5 and 0/6 introduce the two sections of the Bible. The Old Testament ('OT') covers the centuries from the creation of the universe to just before the coming of Jesus as a human and is written in many different styles including: Story (both factual and symbolic); Law; Wisdom; Proverbs (tips for living well), and Prophecy.

It gives a description of the different sections of the Old Testament and an introduction to some of its principal accounts. (Return to top)
  • In many Bibles, the Old Testament contains 39 books from Genesis to Malachi. In some Bibles, especially those produced more recently, The Old Testament has an additional 15 books from Tobit to 2 Maccabees called 'The Apocrypha', which is the Greek word for 'hidden', because they were left out or hidden from earlier versions.
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.Module 0/6 – Introducing The New Testament
The New Testament ('NT') covers the years of Jesus' birth, life and death as a human, and the events immediately afterwards, as his Apostles took-out his message to the surrounding world.

It contains several of the writing styles found in the Old Testament but covers the 'Gospel' about Jesus life and teaching; often using parables (ie: teaching by making a 'com-parable' between a new point that's difficult to understand with something we already know about) and it describes how Jesus made reconciliation between God and humanity for our sins through his action on the cross. It describes the 'Acts' of his followers immediately after his death and resurrection back to life again, followed by 'Letters' to the early church (the Greek word 'Epistle' = 'Letter') to help them interpret Jesus' teaching, and a 'Revelation' of God's whole plan.

This part gives a description of the different sections of the New Testament and an introduction to some of its principal accounts. (Return to top)
  • The word 'gospel' is Greek and just means good news, so the 'Gospel of Jesus Christ' just means the 'Good News of Jesus Christ'.

  • The Good News is that Jesus made reconciliation between God and humans to repair our separation from God caused by disobedience of his rules - which we call 'sin'.

  • The last book 'Revelation'; explores God's whole plan with hundreds of references back to passages in both the Old and New Testaments, but it was written in a confusing style that was popular at the time, which makes it hard for us to understand it today.
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