This is the topic for our final night, when we draw it all together and simply look at the picture of what might happen, and how it might look, if you were to know God for yourself. Clearly, the Bible promises you don't have to live all your life in doubt and uncertainty. You can be a member of God's own family.
Sounds weird? Of course it does. But that's what believers have always maintained. The early Christians pointed out that Jesus hadn't been wildly popular with everyone in his lifetime, and he ended up on a cross - and yet -
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
So what does it mean to be "born of God"? How does it work? Do you have a sudden moment of mystical enlightenment - or a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach - or is it just that all the arguments suddenly add up and make sense? Or is it something quite different?
And what would you have to do, to experience it? Is it just for people who are naturally "religious" or can anybody get there?
Those are the kinds of questions we'll end the course with. Afterwards, of course, we'll be available to keep the discussion going any time you like. (Although we won't chase you - we never do that! After the course you can simply walk away and never speak to us again... and we'll still think you're a nice person.)
What's more, there will be another (brand new) course a couple of months later, and this one will look at "spirituality", what it means, how to develop it, and how to make it part of your own experience. But that's another story for another time.