BELIEVE - Older Version

BELIEVE Religious DataBase Program
Teen Version

Have you ever not fully understood when your Minister refers to some big or unusual word in a sermon? Or you just wanted to learn more about your friend's Methodism? Or about Amish beliefs? Or the history of The Lord's Prayer? Have you ever been curious about just how our modern beliefs in Jesus got refined to where they are today? Or you wanted to better understand any of many other interesting religious topics?

We think you might find it refreshing that we have no intention of pushing you toward any specific attitudes or positions. We also have no intention of trying to get you to like or dislike any specific group or Denomination or Faith. (We DO hope that you will pursue SOME Faith and some method of Worshipping God!) Our intent is only to present you with enough accurate, unbiased information such that you can make your own conclusion about any particular subject.

There is certainly a multitude of Christian and other religious sites on the Internet. Many of them are informative, but they seem to generally present only their own view of whatever subjects they discuss. That might be valuable, but it can often cause an incomplete understanding of those subjects. How can a student of Christianity or any other religion truly understand any subject if he/she only has access to one narrow viewpoint?

Our Non-Denominational Christian Church thinks that is wrong. How could a person develop a solid foundation for Faith if incomplete or inaccurate or distorted information is all that is available? Our approach is to try to imagine how Jesus might have presented religious information. Would He have only presented some facts that supported a point He wanted to make? We doubt it! Would He have presented any statement that He did not truly believe to be true, or that was otherwise incomplete or inaccurate or misleading? We doubt it! We think that He would have patiently sat down with anyone who had questions and He would have helped each person to fully understand the answers to those questions.

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Well, we have a disadvantage here! We are not Jesus! We do not have His Knowledge and Understanding! So, we just try the best we can to supply the most accurate, understandable and complete information we can, on each of these many subjects. That is basically the core reason for the BELIEVE Religious Information Source web-site. We try to not express opinions but only present the facts and all of the generally accepted attitudes on each subject.

BELIEVE-Teen's subject list is to the right. These articles were written by many world-renowned scholars in their specific subjects. We felt that such scholars were the best available authorities in each of the many subjects.

In the process of selecting the several hundred articles that are currently included in BELIEVE-Teen, we examined over several thousand other articles that we did not include. If an article seemed biased or incomplete or not solidly based on accepted scholastic standards, we did not include it. It is our hope that the remaining articles are useful to the visitors to this site.

BELIEVE is meant to have the most accurate and understandable information possible.

We tried to set this all up to encourage browsing. You might have 15 minutes available one day. You COULD play some computer game! But if BELIEVE is there, you might just as well decide to learn a little about Evangelicalism. You don't need to spend a lot of time (but you could!)

BELIEVE can be useful for testifying to others
BELIEVE is a useful information source when you are about to testify to someone of another Faith. Articles describing nearly all world belief systems are included. Knowing something about what a person presently believes will help you to intelligently comment on their beliefs, and then express the advantages of your belief system. This can help develop respect and credibility in you and make YOUR presentation more acceptable. Often, when Christians witness to others, they overlook why the person currently believes what he/she does, as though it is irrelevant, often because they know very little about that other belief system. Here's a chance to improve the effect of your witnessing to others, by showing respect for them by intelligently discussing their current beliefs.


BELIEVE also includes thorough and fair presentations of all of the other major belief systems of the world. Again thinking of how Jesus might treat such subjects, we think that He would be open and honest, having Faith that Christianity can "hold it's own" when honest and complete information is available about all options. We do not think that He would have been "secretive" in avoiding discussing other religions and their good and bad points. Therefore, we try to follow His lead in BELIEVE. We put those subjects down at the bottom of the list, separate from the Christian subjects.

Actually, we suspect that many Christians will be amazed to find that Muslims' Holy Koran tells the stories of Adam and Abraham and Israel and Moses and many others on whom our Faith is based. Certainly, their stories have slight differences from our Bible, but the many similarities are something to consider! Again, we know that Jesus would be absolutely confident that Christians would not have their Faith weakened by learning about such things, but it might assist all of us to learn to get along better together.


Volunteers???

It recently occurred to us that the ideal source of authors of the entries for the young people's versions of BELIEVE would be young people themselves! We adults may not always recognize the aspects of these subjects that are really important from a young person's point-of-view. This being the case, we think that maybe some Sunday School groups might want to take on one of the subjects in our list. Not only would the class members learn a lot about that particular subject, but they could also help young people all over the world learn about it too! If you are associated with such a Sunday School group, please contact us by e-mail below.

Of course, such a group (or individual) would get appropriate credit at the end of the article, just like we do with all our other source authors.

(All of the links DO currently work, but quite a few of them presently just go to the "adult" presentations of BELIEVE, which sometimes get carried away with detail! YOU could help improve the usefulness of BELIEVE-Teen!)



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This BELIEVE Teen Home Page address: http://mb-soft.com/believe/indexl.html

(Adult's) BELIEVE
Our List of 1300 Religious Subjects
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Subject list

Christian subjects

Central Subjects

Bible
Spiritual Gifts
God
Arguments for Existence of God
Bible Infallibility
Jesus Christ
Christ
Holy Spirit
Ten Commandments
Trinity
Faith
Grace
Baptism
Sin
Atonement
Lord's Prayer
Bible inerrancy
Original Sin
Resurrection
Covenant
Crucifixion
Liturgy
Religion
Conversion
Christian music history
Church
Eucharist
Holy Communion
Justification
Messiah
Millenialism
Salvation
Sanctification
Evangelism
Second Coming of Christ
Pre-Existence of Christ
Logos
Last Judgment
Elect
Last Supper
Book of Genesis
Book of Exodus
Incarnation
Romanized Bible text
Jehovah
YHWH
Literal Translation
Adam
Predestination
Revivalism
Sabbath
Biblical inerrancy
Sacrament
Dispensation
Christianity
Protestantism
Roman Catholic Church
Evangelicalism
Charismatic Movement
Biblical infallibility
Congregationalism
Church Government
Biblical Theology Movement
The Church
Pentecostalism
Presbyterianism
Christian Groups

Jesuits
Liberal Catholicism
Franciscans
Eastern Rite Catholic Church
Eastern Rite Church
Episcopal Church
Anglican Communion
Orthodox Church
Coptic Church
Protestant Groups

Protestantism
Baptists
Calvinism
Wesleyan Tradition
Methodism
Lutheranism
Reformed Church
Adventism
Amana Society
Evangelical United Brethren Church
Evangelism
FourSquare Gospel Church
Aimee Semple McPherson
American Holiness Movement
Jehovah's Witnesses
Mennonite
Millenarianism
Church of the Nazarene
Churches of Christ
Christian Science
Christian Church / Church of Christ
neo-orthodoxy
Quakers
Salvation Army
Sect
Shepherding Movement
United Church of Christ
Plymouth Brethren
Disciples of Christ
Shakers
Religious Cults
Moravian Church
Mormonism
Spiritualism
The Early Church

Septuagint
Apocrypha
Papacy
Paulinism
Apostles' Creed
Creed
Council of Nicaea
Pseudepigrapha
Pharisees
Great Schism
Roman Catholic Popes
Protestant
Reformation

Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther
John Calvin
Ulrich Zwingli
John Wesley
Solafidianism
By Faith Alone
Arminianism
39 Articles
Marburg Colloquy
Pilgrims
Believer's Baptism
Infant Baptism
Lay Baptism
Modes of Baptism
Puritan
Ultramontanism
Oberlin Theology
Orthodoxy
Plainsong
Perfection
Philosophy of Religion
Protestant Scholasticism
Thomism
Divine Transcendence
Trappist
Effectual Calling
the Bible

Christian Bible
Books of the Bible

Old Testament

Pentateuch

Book of Genesis
Book of Exodus
Book of Leviticus
Book of Numbers
Book of Deuteronomy
Historical Books

Book of Joshua
Book of Judges
Book of Ruth
Book of Samuel
Book of Kings
Book of Chronicles
Book of Ezra
Book of Nehemiah
Book of Esdras I and II
Book of Tobit
Book of Judith
Book of Esther
Book of Maccabees
Poetical or
Widsom Books

Book of Job
Book of Psalms
Book of Proverbs
Book of Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon
Book of Wisdom
Book of Sirach
Prophetical Books

Book of Isaiah
Book of Jeremiah
Book of Lamentations
Book of Ezekiel
Book of Daniel
Book of Hosea
Book of Joel
Book of Amos
Book of Obadiah
Book of Jonah
Book of Micah
Book of Nahum
Book of Habakkuk
Book of Zephaniah
Book of Haggai
Book of Zechariah
Book of Malachi
Book of Baruch
Apocrypha
New Testament

The Gospels

Book of Matthew
Book of Mark
Book of Luke
Book of John
The Acts

Acts of the Apostles
The Epistles

Book of Romans
Book of Corinthians
Book of Galatians
Book of Ephesians
Book of Philippians
Book of Colossians
Book of Thessalonians
Book of Timothy
Book of Titus
Book of Philemon
Book of Hebrews
Book of James
Epistle of John
Book of Peter
Book of Jude
Revelation

Book of Revelation
Book of the Apocalypse
Other Christian Subjects

Authority in Church
The Crucifix
Ex Opere Operato
Filioque
Household Salvation
Mariology
Monasticism
Advent
Amish
Angel
Apostle
Ark of the Covenant
Ascent, Ascension
Asceticism
Assumption
Theology
Protestant Reformation
Church of England
His Arising
Religions of the World
Saint John
Saint Jerome
Archangel Gabriel
Atonement
Augsburg Confession
Saint Augustine
Protestant Ethic

Other Religions

Judaism

Judaism
Jews
Jewish Beliefs
Yom Kippur
Talmud
Torah
Hasidism
Rosh Hashanah
Bereshit - Jewish Genesis
Bar Mitzvah
Mishnah
Islam

Islam
Mohammad, Muhammad
Koran
Hezbollah
Jihad
Sufism
Shiite
Sunnite
Buddhism

Buddhism
Zen Buddhism
Lamaism
Hinduism

Brahmanism
Hinduism
Transmigration of souls
Untouchables
Vedas
Reincarnation
Eastern Religions

Baha'i
Confucianism
Sikh
Jainism
Zoroastrianism
Mithraism
Shintoism
Taoism
Reincarnation
Other Religions

Atheism
Scientology
Rastafarians
Primitive Religion