Firstly, the WHOs, HOWs and WHYs of this website are explained.
Secondly, the reasoning behind the WEBSITE’s NAME is offered.
1. THE WHOs, HOWs AND WHYs OF THIS WEBSITE.
If you are a ‘thinker’, and not someone who can just operate on ‘blind faith’, then it is hoped that this website can help you build Christian faith and belief in God for yourself.
1.1 About the author’s approach
Peter Wise is both project manager for this website, and the author of most of its articles. Maybe surprisingly he is a retired Internal Auditor. You can click here if you need to know any more about him.
Now, maybe not so surprisingly, most of the website contents are the result of the Peter’s long term ‘evaluation’ of Christian faith and its use within everyday life.
And yes, Peter says each of us can come to believe in God, and have our lives changed positively, if we do engage with him as a practising Christian. Peter clearly wants to share with readers, through this website, how he came to his conclusions, and how they can also do the same.
Keep in mind too, that Peter was a pretty good atheist prior to trialling Christianity! The article “Too good to be true?” documents how his own atheist beliefs were actually broken down. And how he became a ‘rock-solid’ believer and faithful Christian through that process.
So where do you, the reader, begin in this website? Well … it is suggested you start with the very first article, “Can I really believe in God?“.
1.2 The team who supported the author
Clearly, as explained above, Peter actually evaluated ‘Christianity’ as a product ‘end user’ or ‘consumer’. Yes, he studied Christian faith, then analysed its practicalities, when applied to life. That is, both by himself and other Christians.
Bear in mind that Peter has always relied on clergy, over those decades of his analysis, to ‘assure’ his Bible interpretations within his writing. He adds that he could then use those interpretations to justifiably support his own positive ‘findings’. In fact, this was effectively all just ‘tried and trusted’ auditing methodology. This is how internal auditing works in practise.
Importantly then, Peter was guided during his analysis, evaluation and writing on this subject of Christianity faith in action, over the decades, by many knowledgeable, qualified and experienced friends. They include Stan, David, Roger, Neil, Bill, Marie, John, Kevin, Ross, Ian, Murray and his wife Vicki. Peter admits that he could not have done it without their help. It has obviously been a real team effort.
Seven of those names above are ordained members of the Christian clergy. Three others are experienced, practising Christians from differing fellowships. And another two members assisted him with website technical issues.
One of those people mentioned above, (Rev Dr) Bill, is actually responsible for an article on this website, “Our amazing Bible” and Peter stated that he was very grateful to him for his help there.
Apart from that article written by Bill, and all the qualified advice and other team input from others, Peter agrees that “the buck stops with him!” And as far as he is concerned it is all based on sound logic. He likes to remind us that he is a thinker and not a dreamer, when it comes to this website’s contents.
1.3 What the website offers you, the reader
The website explains exactly how Peter himself personally achieved that state of ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ mentioned above. It also offers advice on how you too can achieve the same goals for yourself.
In audit ‘speak’, Peter explains how you can test both the veracity and efficacy of Christian faith for yourself – by applying them to your own life. “Veracity” refers to the truth and accuracy of facts. “Efficacy” refers to its effectiveness: how well it works.
There is little doubt in Peter’s mind that a life actively based on faith will, for example, be more purposeful and contented as a result. He refers to it in this website as real personal freedom. That freedom is available to all practising Christians. Whole sections of the website can guide anyone to successfully apply Christianity to their lives.
Website content also responds to the usual doubts that face unbelievers, and at times even the faithful. It offers many explanations, including of Christianity itself, God’s ‘being’ and his relationship to all that exists, God’s role in pain and suffering, the ‘perceived’ conflict between science and religion etc. Peter shares those written explanations in response to the ‘naysayers’ who, just like him when he was an atheist, offer all the negatives they can dream up to oppose faith and belief. That is, even though they have never really evaluated it for themselves.
2. WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Why call the website, “About I AM”?
Well, “I AM” is the name that God gave for himself, when asked by Moses:
God said to Moses, “I am who I AM. This is what you will say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”
Jesus again used the term in a provocative manner to make his divinity clear, i.e. he was God incarnate.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was, I AM.”
The Bible carries this name for God through many of its Books. There is no doubt that it is used in that manner intentionally under God’s leadership and influence.
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