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Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible?

The Islamic holiday, Qurbani Id (or Id Al-Adha), is known as the "Sacrifice Festival." Muslims celebrate this "great feast of sacrifice" on the tenth day of the last month of the Muslim year. According to their doctrinal scheme, this day celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by Hagar, Ishmael. If you remember the Old Testament account, you ... read more »

Hebrews 11—What Is Faith?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Faith." Certainly it does present an informative discussion of what constitutes genuine belief. Note the following points. Faith Is Rational By faith we "understand" that the universe is not self-existent; rather, it was designed by the Creator (Heb. 11:3). The notion that one cannot be intelligent without ... read more »

Is There No Plan of Salvation for Angels?

"What is the meaning of Hebrews 2:16, 'For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham'?" In order to appreciate the passage (as much as is possible from the limited information available), one has to have a grasp of the argument that the inspired writer has made thus far ... read more »

The Power of Speech, for Good or Evil

On the first day of Earth's initial week, at some point following a primary creation, the inspired Genesis record declares: "And God said. . . " (Gen. 1:3). This expression is found no fewer than ten times in Genesis 1. The reader is thus introduced to the power of speech. Later the psalmist would write: "He spoke, and it was ... read more »

What About the Sins of Bible Heroes?

Would you comment concerning the deceit and lying that occurred on the part of certain Old Testament figures, such as Abraham, Isaac, and others? I have trouble with this every time I read Genesis. Certainly. Your question is very thoughtful. The following points, I believe, will help put this issue in focus: (1) The Bible does not attempt to conceal ... read more »

Salvation Is from the Jews

No Christian can be anti-Semitic toward the Jews. Christ was a Jew, and that by divine intent. In a conversation with a Samaritan woman, Jesus declared: "[S]alvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22). The focus, of course, was upon his personal identity as the Messiah (vv. 25-26). All people are indebted to the Hebrew nation for the Savior. Christians are ... read more »

When Will Oprah Free Her Slaves?

Oprah Winfrey is one of the wealthiest women in America. She is worth millions of dollars. She has a popular day-time television show. She produces movies. She's a "mover and shaker" in the entertainment industry. She has to be an intelligent woman to have accomplished as much as she has-which just goes to prove the point that a person can ... read more »

Why Do You Refer to Israel as Palestine?

Why do you refer to Israel as Palestine (land of the Phillistines)? Should we not call the land by its biblical name, rather than by a name referencing its pagan dwellers? The fact is, there is no exclusive biblical name for that tiny territory (about the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined) that lies between the Jordan River and the ... read more »

What About the Ouija Board?

"What is a 'Ouija Board,' and is there any harm in Christians playing with this game?" The "Ouija Board" is not a mere "game." It is a mechanical device used by those who believe they can contact the dead, and elicit information from them. The term is defined in the following fashion: "A small game board containing numbers and letters ... read more »

Genesis 15:18 – Will Israel Once Again Possess the Promised Land?

In Genesis 15, Jehovah made a promise to Abraham. He declared that the patriarch's seed would someday possess the territory between "the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" (v. 18). Has the promise been fulfilled? Premillennialists contend that it has not. Of this passage, Allan Ross, of the Dallas Theological Seminary, writes: "Israel has never possessed ... read more »