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Does God Really Exist?

Ah, the eternal question – Is there a God or isn’t there? And, if there is, how do we know that he (or she or it or they) exists? Of course there are those who categorically say there is no God. We call them atheists (a = without; theos = god). In my teen years I called myself an atheist until I realized that to do so was to say that I knew everything. How did I know that God existed outside of my knowledge? Atheists, if they are honest with themselves, will realize this flaw in their logic and upgrade themselves to agnostics – those who are not sure if there is a God or not (a = without; gnosis = knowledge).

At the age of 19, through a number of dramatic incidences, I realized that I had been wrong. God did in fact exist – and that he was not just real but loving, caring and personal. Now, 32 years later – and a whole lot wiser – I am living my life to help others know this loving, caring, personal God. It is my hope that this blog will help you in this discovery. I believe there are four basic ways we can know that God exists:

Ah, the eternal question – Is there a God or isn’t there? And, if there is, how do we know that he (or she or it or they) exists? Of course there are those who categorically say there is no God. We call them atheists (a = without; theos = god). In my teen years I called myself an atheist until I realized that to do so was to say that I knew everything. How did I know that God existed outside of my knowledge? Atheists, if they are honest with themselves, will realize this flaw in their logic and upgrade themselves to agnostics – those who are not sure if there is a God or not (a = without; gnosis = knowledge).

At the age of 19, through a number of dramatic incidences, I realized that I had been wrong. God did in fact exist – and that he was not just real but loving, caring and personal. Now, 32 years later – and a whole lot wiser – I am living my life to help others know this loving, caring, personal God. It is my hope that this blog will help you in this discovery. I believe there are four basic ways we can know that God exists:

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Religion: True or False

I used to love true or false questions at school.  Even if I didn’t know the answer I could still take a guess and have a 50% chance of being right!  But, when it comes to religion, it doesn’t appear to be that easy.

In research that Bayside Church conducted last year, those that were outside of the church saw the word “religion” as a mixture of positive and negative.  Some used positive words such as “faith, diversity, hope, community and strength” to describe how they felt about religion, while others saw things differently: “strictness, fanatical, divisiveness, war and politicised.” 

I used to love true or false questions at school.  Even if I didn’t know the answer I could still take a guess and have a 50% chance of being right!  But, when it comes to religion, it doesn’t appear to be that easy.


In research that Bayside Church conducted last year, those that were outside of the church saw the word “religion” as a mixture of positive and negative.  Some used positive words such as “faith, diversity, hope, community and strength” to describe how they felt about religion, while others saw things differently: “strictness, fanatical, divisiveness, war and politicised.” 




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Born again – What’s that about?

"Born again!". It's a familiar term that's been done to death in recent times.  If you google it you come up with all sorts of things from movies to songs, albums to books, and of course the Abba tribute band Bjorn Again.  Born again is a hair product, a beauty mask, a motorbike restoration business and a fashion show.  It's an American activist group and a comic book. Right here in Melbourne you can even cover your concrete slab with "Born again floors."  Born again is an Elvis impersonator in Sydney, and rapper Snoop Dog said he was born again after visiting a Rastafarian Temple in Jamaica earlier this year where a High Priest told him, 'You are the light; you are the lion.'  He now refers to himself as “ Snoop Lion” .  I kid you not.

"Born again!". It's a familiar term that's been done to death in recent times.  If you google it you come up with all sorts of things from movies to songs, albums to books, and of course the Abba tribute band Bjorn Again.  Born again is a hair product, a beauty mask, a motorbike restoration business and a fashion show.  It's an American activist group and a comic book. Right here in Melbourne you can even cover your concrete slab with "Born again floors."  Born again is an Elvis impersonator in Sydney, and rapper Snoop Dog said he was born again after visiting a Rastafarian Temple in Jamaica earlier this year where a High Priest told him, 'You are the light; you are the lion.'  He now refers to himself as “ Snoop Lion” .  I kid you not.



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Persecuted For Your Faith

Persecution is when one person defines another person by a particular attribute and then proceeds to punish or vilify those with that attribute.  People are persecuted because of their racial background, physical appearance, political persuasion, sexual orientation, social status or religious beliefs.  Christianity is not the only religion that faces persecution.

Persecution is when one person defines another person by a particular attribute and then proceeds to punish or vilify those with that attribute.  People are persecuted because of their racial background, physical appearance, political persuasion, sexual orientation, social status or religious beliefs.  Christianity is not the only religion that faces persecution. Read More

To Smack or Not To Smack?

Smacking is back in the news – again. This topic is like a common cold … it comes around about three times every blinkin’ year; this time it’s been raised by Dr Gervase Chaney the head of Australia’s leading paediatric body. Dr Chaney said it was no longer okay for parents to argue “it never did us any harm” – and called on colleagues to stand up for children’s rights. Dr Chaney said the current position opposing the use of physical discipline as “ineffective and unhelpful”, did not go far enough.

Smacking is back in the news – again. This topic is like a common cold ... it comes around about three times every blinkin' year; this time it’s been raised by Dr Gervase Chaney the head of Australia’s leading paediatric body. Dr Chaney said it was no longer okay for parents to argue “it never did us any harm” – and called on colleagues to stand up for children’s rights. Dr Chaney said the current position opposing the use of physical discipline as “ineffective and unhelpful”, did not go far enough. Read More

Tithing: Putting God First

As we approach Christmas time, I’d like to remind you of the well-known story of the Magi who followed the star to find the Christ child. “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts” (Matt 2:11).  This story emphasises a strong Biblical principle:  the worship of Jesus is usually accompanied by giving.  In the Bible, giving starts with tithing.

As we approach Christmas time, I’d like to remind you of the well-known story of the Magi who followed the star to find the Christ child. “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts” (Matt 2:11).  This story emphasises a strong Biblical principle:  the worship of Jesus is usually accompanied by giving.  In the Bible, giving starts with tithing. Read More