Dobrodošli v Kristadelfijcih Slovenije

Kristadelfijanci (beseda izhaja iz grške besedne zveze »bratje v Kristusu«, Kološanom, 1:2—»bratom v Kristusu«) so krščanska skupina, ki je bila ustanovljena v 19. stoletju v Veliki Britaniji in Severni Ameriki. Ime je oblikaval John Thomas, ustanovitelj skupine. Kristadelfijanci svojo vero utemeljujejo izključno na Bibliji. Skupino se pogosto opisuje kot obliko mesianičnega judaizma, saj si z judovstvom deli veliko verovanj in upanj, predvsem obljube dane Abrahamu, Izaku in Izraelu, prav tako pa tudi verjamejo, da je Jezus Kristus obljubljeni Mesija.

Čeprav uradno število članov ni objavljeno, Columbia Encyclopedia ocenjuje, da je kristadelfijancev približno 50.000, razširjeni pa so v okoli 120 državah. V mnogih od teh držav so oblikovane cerkve (pogosto imenovane eklesije), hkrati pa so prisotni tudi samostojni člani. Popis članov je dostopen za nekatere od teh držav. Ocene števila kristadelfijancev v glavnih centrih te skupine so: Velika Britanija (18.000), Avstralija (9.987), Malavi (7.000), Združene države Amerike (6.500), Mozambik (7.500), Kanada (3,375), Nova Zelandija (1.785), Kenija (1.700), Indija (1.500) in Tanzanija (100). Skupno torej 57.000 članov.

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Todays Exhortation

MAY 22
GOLGOTHA'S AWFUL SCENE

Reading: 1 Timothy ch. 1

It is sometimes said that time is a great healer. Strictly speaking it is not, of course, time that heals but the capacity of the human mind to forget. With the passage of time and the crowding into the mind of other things, memory tends to fade and the image of past happenings becomes blurred, and it may be that eventually the event is pushed out of the mind and forgotten. By far the vast majority of past happenings, together with the men and women who took part in them, are now unknowing and unknown. It was of such that the prophet Isaiah wrote: "O Lord . . . thou hast visited them and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish." Or again, as the Wise Man says, "The memory of them is forgotten."

But there are events which, sometimes as a result of our own doings, are never forgotten. "As a man sows, that shall he also reap" is an unalterable principle of life; and it may be that the effect of things done in earlier life, either in ignorance or in folly, or even things done with the best of intentions and a clear conscience, or matters over which we have no control, remain with us in our memories all our days as a constant reminder.

We have read of such an example this morning from the life of the apostle Paul. In the first chapter of his letter to Timothy, the apostle recalls how that formerly he persecuted the church of God. He was a blasphemer, a persecuto

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