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Exploring the life of Jesus

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 02, 2011

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SCHOOL children in Torbay will have another opportunity to explore the life and impact of Jesus Christ through an interactive, out-of-the-classroom learning experience that proved to be a resounding success last year.

The Life Exhibition, which travels the length and breadth of the country and is visited by an estimated 1,000 people a week, is returning to Upton Vale Baptist Church, Torquay, from Tuesday, June 28, until Tuesday, July 5.

The exhibition, created by the national Christian organisation, COUNTIES, has been organised in the Bay by Naomi Adams, pictured, Upton Vale's Children's and Youth Worker.

The exhibition is designed to help schools deliver elements of the Key Stage Two Religious Education curriculum. Visitors use hand-held PDA technology to move through the exhibition, which also includes DVD and music clips and a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? style quiz. More than 600 primary school children from 12 local schools are already booked to visit the exhibition during the week.

Naomi said: "The multimedia experience aims to help the children discover the identity and life of Jesus in a relevant and engaging way. After the success of hosting the exhibition last year and so many positive comments from both pupils and staff, we are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to schools free of charge again this year".

National Life Exhibition co-ordinator Martin Buckley said: "The purpose of the exhibition is to give people an opportunity to think for themselves about who Jesus really is and let people make up their own mind."

On the evening of Monday, July 4, the exhibition which has something for all-ages, will be open to the general public from 7pm to 9pm.

Admission and refreshments in the purpose-built café are free. For more details please contact the Upton Vale Baptist Church Office on 01803 400403.

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  • conkerhead  |  July 09 2011, 5:27PM

    .....are we talking about jesus or Father Christmas now ?

  • DocTorre  |  July 05 2011, 11:17PM

    There are no definite primary witnesses to the life of Jesus. The Gospels were probably all written by unknown authors who never met Jesus and who relied on oral history which is usually seen as being unreliable. On the balance of the evidence, it's likely that a first century rabbi/teacher did exist, (I believe he did) though a minority of scholars do hold that Jesus is a total fabrication. However, the inventions and embellishments that followed the crucifixion have made it near impossible to decide what was truth and what was fiction. We know that some of the events described were fabricated to fit in with prophesy and to associate Jesus with earlier Jewish leaders - Herod's massacre of the innocents, for example. It's also unlikely that the miracles took place as we have the writings of around 30 contemporary Jewish, Greek and Roman historians and chroniclers who failed to notice anyone healing the sick and raising the dead. That's where faith comes in.

  • Northbrook39  |  July 05 2011, 9:33PM

    so payner92, no evidence, no research. I don't want or need "coverting". I work on a basis of proofs and evidence.

  • payner92  |  July 05 2011, 8:31PM

    look, if I thought there wasn't enough evidence to support the belief in a God, I sure as hell wouldn't believe in one. I'm not going to convert you and you're not going to convert me, so there's little point in us having this debate. The exhibition was an opportunity for children to come along and find out about Jesus, and it succeeded in doing so. Let's just be mature about this and stop having a go at each other's beliefs simply because we don't understand them.

  • conkerhead  |  July 05 2011, 8:18PM

    Is that it, are those the facts that a system of belief lasting 2000 years is based on. I bet a lot of people feel cheated. Elvis being spotted in Brixham is based on more evidence. I'm going to stop celebrating christmas immediately - unless father christmas is real - is he.

  • Northbrook39  |  July 05 2011, 8:13PM

    Excuse me payner92, but can you direct me to the research that has proved there was this man when you say? None of the Roman records (and they were meticulous) have this in them.

  • payner92  |  July 05 2011, 6:51PM

    sorry to burst your bubble, but there are. we know for a fact that there was a man called Jesus who lived in the Nazareth area at the beginning of the first century. He was executed for blasphemy and his body disappeared. Whether you believe that this body was resurrected or something else is up to you, but you can't just say that there are no facts whatsoever

  • Larrythelover  |  July 05 2011, 6:46PM

    payner92, Sorry, where your comment has gone wrong is that there are no FACTS about Jesus.

  • conkerhead  |  July 05 2011, 6:23PM

    So it's official, jesus was not the son of god, thank you Upton Vale Baptist church for clearing that up. Who was Father Christmas's dad - that's another one that's been bothering me.

  • payner92  |  July 05 2011, 5:57PM

    "suffer little children unto me sayeth the lord" - I think you've completely misunderstood the meaning of the word "suffer" here, but hey no worries! The aim of the exhibition was to provide children with the facts about Christianity in a non-biased manner so that they could decide for themselves whether Jesus was really the Son of God. The feedback the kids gave reflected this, a lot of them did come to the decision that He wasn't. The exhibition did not set out to ram religion down their throats, but to merely educate them about something that this country currently woefully misunderstands (as evident in many of your comments). If you had been there, you would have seen that it was a positive experience for all involved and was in no way a propaganda exercise. Come on guys, just because it's about Jesus doesn't mean you have to **** it off!