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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2017
Author: Robert S Chambers
Located in: Albuquerque
Submitted: October 16, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. Although I was raised in a Christian atmosphere by loving parents, it was Janet, my high school sweetheart and future bride, who ignited my passion for Christianity by challenging me to weigh my spiritual beliefs against the teachings of the Bible. Being an analytic personality who likes to study and learn, those challenges did not go unanswered. Eventually, this led to my spiritual rebirth and commitment to reject human teachings and religious traditions in favor of the Bible as the sole source of spiritual authority.
In my secular life, I pursued a career in structural engineering with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from The Ohio State University. After accepting employment with General Dynamics in Ft. Worth, Texas, Janet and I settled into a congregation where I began to teach 4th grade Bible classes and later worked in a bus ministry outreach. A few years later, I enrolled in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics. After lecturing a year at the university, I accepted employment in the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There I worked for 30 years. During that time, I served the Lord in our congregation as a Bible class teacher, deacon, and Church elder, writing and teaching curriculum on the Foundational Principles of Christianity. My primary focus was on personal evangelism, leading others to Christ. In 2015, I retired from Sandia National Laboratories as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and now am devoted to teaching the Word of God and writing. My personal ministry is being conducted through a website at TheTruthTransforms.com.
What was your motivation behind this project? My hearts desire was to publish an accurate and thorough study of Gods plan to save His people and then have it read by as many as possible. Two factors distinguish the text from other treatments of the subject. First, the Bible is used as the sole source of authority, and no prior knowledge of the subject is assumed. In fact, it is advantageous for the reader to put aside prior beliefs and follow the development solely from the Biblical text devoid of human traditions. Care was taken to provide sufficient background to appeal to those unfamiliar with the tenets of Christianity before exploring topics in great detail offering insight and depth to the seasoned Bible student. Second, the organizational structure of the book follows a very logical engineering approach introducing the setting (from creation), identifying a problem (sin), investigating potential solutions, solving the problem (Jesus), and finally examining the result (Christianity). A very important part of this approach involved utilizing the whole Bible to systematically explain the reasons behind Gods actions. These so-called why questions often are not addressed and unnecessarily left to become a matter blind faith. I want to contribute to a better understanding of the Gospel message based solely on the authority of the Biblical text.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope and pray that readers will gain valuable information about what the Bible truly reveals about Christianity so they can compare those teachings to any preconceived notions or human traditions they may hold. Then I would like readers to objectively act on what the Bible teaches. In my experience, many self-professed Christians do not own their faith. By that I mean, they believe what religious organizations or other people have told them to believe without necessarily knowing where the teaching came from and whether it is consistent with what the inspired Scriptures teach. Through the Bible, God has made known spiritual Truths explaining not only what He has to offer and what He expects from us but why things are the way they are. What we believe matters. I am convinced that many people hold Christian beliefs far different from what was taught and practiced in the Church purchased by Jesus and documented in the New Testament. As evidence, I note that many profess to be Christians while worshipping in bodies bearing little resemblance to the first century Church, accepting different religious teachings, worship practices, and even plans of salvation. There is a strong need to become better acquainted with the inspired texts and then make informed decisions based on spiritual Truth. I want to give more people that opportunity.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I have learned much from a closer examination of the Biblical text. I too have been challenged to explain my faith based solely on what God has revealed. That has led to a great deal of soul searching and has impressed me with the need for being objective in a study of the Word. It also has been very helpful to think about how to systematically explain the subject matter to someone else, be it a novice or subject matter expert. I truly believe A Debt I Cannot Pay offers something for all. My faith has grown and with it my commitment to share the good news of Jesus with others.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The most important thing to me is to be sure everyone has examined their belief system based solely on the authority of what God has revealed in the inspired words of the Bible. I have attempted to tell the whole story of the Gospel from beginning to end citing Scriptures extensively. For those who prefer to hear the message, an audio presentation is available in a podcast series entitled The Message and Mission of Jesus which can be found on my website located at TheTruthTransforms.com. There you also will find articles of encouragement for those struggling in life and looking for hope and a better way.