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Christadelphians

The Bible. Christadelphians claim to base their core beliefs wholly on the Bible.
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The Christadelphians (from the Greek Brothers in Christ; cf. Greek of Colossians 1:2) are a Christian group that developed in the United Kingdom and North America in the 19th century. The name was coined by John Thomas (who was the group's founder) during the American Civil War in order that the young community could register for conscientious objector status.

Christadelphians state that their beliefs are based wholly on the Bible; they accept no other texts as inspired by God. They believe that the Father of the New Testament is the God of the Old Testament, and that Jesus is God's son. They believe in the literal return of Jesus to the Earth at some unknown time in the future and that, when he does return, he will establish his Father's kingdom on the Earth, based in the land of Israel. They also believe that the word satan in the Bible refers to any 'adversary' and figuratively refers to human sin and temptation. Likewise, they believe the word devil in the Bible refers anyone who opposes God and, figuratively, to human sin and temptation. To a Christadelphian the Holy Spirit is God's power and his mind, depending on the context that the phrase Holy Spirit is in the Biblical text.

There are an estimated 50,000 Christadelphians in 120 countries.

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Christendom Astray From the Bible (commonly: Christendom Astray) is a polemic work by the Christadelphian Robert Roberts that claims to demonstrate that the main doctrines shared by most Christian denominations are at variance with the teachings of the Bible. In the preface to the book the author states the rationale of Christendom Astray From the Bible as follows:

THE enlightened reader will bear with the seeming arrogance of the title. It is a proposition-not an invective. The question proposed for consideration is a question for critical investigation. Attention is invited to the evidence and the argument. They are strictly within the logical sphere. They can be examined and dismissed if found wanting. What the title affirms is that Christendom, the ostensible repository of revealed truth, is away from that truth.

— Robert Roberts, from the preface to Christendom Astray From the Bible (1884)

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Robert Roberts

Robert Roberts is the man generally considered to have continued the work of organising and establishing the Christadelphian movement founded by Dr. John Thomas. He was a prolific author and the editor of The Christadelphian Magazine from 1864 – 1898.

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Christadelphian hall on New King Street in Bath, UK.
There have been Christadelphians in Bath since 1882.

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  • ... that John Thomas, the person who coined the name Christadelphians, dedicated himself to studying the Bible after he was caught in a severe storm at sea and realised he did not know what would happen to him when he died? (Read more ... )

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