Bible Study 11/12/97
"It is not within my ability to answer
all your questions, in fact you may leave
here more confused than when you came in,
but at least you will leave here confused at
a higher level.
"This is not a bad thing. Einstein was
confused at a higher level about the ability
for light to be both a particle and a wave.
He knew more than both of us would ever know
about physics, but he was still confused,
just at a higher level. Thus that is my
"Remember that there are WRONG answers in
every Bible Study. A leader will be amiss if
he/she does not gently correct wrong
answers. It is very dangerous to allow
people to leave with an incorrect idea, for
that can lead to heresy."
Objective: Go deeper into the less
obvious issues addressed in the passage.
Promote thinking on a deeper level. Be
prepared for the defense of our faith.
Teacher's Note for question 1: Jesus said
he was the Truth. He claimed to be the
physical manifestation of the truth. This
goes against any gnostic teaching. Expand on
what the gnostics taught.
1. Verse 6. Why would Jesus say "I am the
Truth?" What was so important that He would
claim to be the physical manifestation of
Truth? Why did John tell us about this so
Teacher's Note for question 2:. Many
religions claim to have prophets and
teachers that show the way. The intent here
is to describe how Jesus' physical existence
is central to Christianity. Christ's life
was an event in the time-space horizon. This
is very different from most religions.
2. Verse 6. Why is Jesus the Way? How is
this different from Buddha or Mohammed? How
is this similar to Joseph Smith?
Teacher's Note for question 3: How do we
respond to the exclusivity of Christianity.
This is a dilemma and not an easy answer.
This is a very common question and will be
asked by a majority of non-christians.
3a. Verse 6. "No one comes to the Father but
by Me." Can someone be a Christian and
believe that there are other ways to heaven?
What if they are a new Christian?
3b. Verse 6. "No one comes to the Father but
by Me." If this is true, how do we then deal
with the "savage" who has never heard? How
do we respond to unbelievers when they ask
Teacher's Note for question 4: There are
numerous ministries of signs and wonders
today. Are they ALL from God? If not how do
we guard against such a seemingly obvious
teaching in the Bible? How do we equip our
Bible Study to battle such things, if it is
even necessary to do battle? How can we get
our folks to think critically and carefully?
4. Verse 11: Are miracles sufficient
evidence of Holiness? If someone were to
come tomorrow doing great miracles should
you believe in them? What if they were able
to raise people from the dead, heal the
sick? What if they were able to raise
themselves from the dead? How does this sit
with this verse?
Teacher's Note for question 5: To promote
a sense of openness and allow people to ask
the difficult questions, we need to
5. What is one question you want to ask
about this section, but hasn't been asked?
Tough questions welcome. Answers not