The following articles are related to the topic of ABRAHAM

When Freedom Becomes a License for Evil

It has been said that every positive has a negative. That is not true in every case, but it is in many. Surprisingly, the ideal of "freedom," which we cherish so much, is not without latent liabilities. Freedom's Limitations When the colonies won their freedom from British tyranny, it was a new day for America. No longer would there be ... read more »

Stranger? Or Family and Friend?

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19). The foregoing are words that Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, a congregation with which he worked for three years (Acts 20:31). Some nineteen centuries before the birth of Jesus, Jehovah selected Abraham ... read more »

God’s Great Plan Consummated

Can man know that God exists? Is humanity the result of divine creation, or merely the consequence of impersonal evolutionary forces? If man is a creature of God, fashioned in the divine image (Genesis 1:26), has the Maker communicated with His creature? If so, for what purpose? Is the Bible a revelation from God? Can it be trusted? And what ... read more »

What Does the Bible Say About the Origin, Nature, and Role of Angels?

PROFESSOR: "Do you believe in the tooth fairy? STUDENT: "No." PROFESSOR: "What about leprechauns? Do you concede the existence of these little Irish gentlemen?" STUDENT: "Of course not." PROFESSOR: "Why not?" STUDENT: "Simply because there is no factual basis for believing in these mythical characters." Then comes the question for which the student has been baited. PROFESSOR: "Do you believe ... read more »

Examining Premillennialism

A flood of paperback books, advocating the theory of premillennialism, has invaded the religious market in recent years. One of the first widely-popular efforts was titled, The Late Great Planet Earth. It was authored by Hal Lindsey, a graduate of the school of theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary. The thrust of Lindsey's book is two-fold: First, it espouses the ... read more »

A Study of Heaven

Is heaven real? If so, how does one know? In spite of bogus claims of having visited heaven, such as that professed by Ellen G. White of Seventh-day Adventist fame (1945, 32ff), no one has died, gone to heaven, and returned to earth to tell of the experience (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10). All we really know about heaven is what ... read more »

A Perversion of Biblical Faith

One of the great tragedies of ecclesiastical history is the fact that so many have failed to find a balanced view of human redemption as this concept is set forth in the biblical record. On the one hand there is Roman Catholicism, arrogantly contending that salvation is conferred upon the basis of meritorious acts. The Council of Trent declared that ... read more »

Baby Dedication Ceremonies: Expediency or Innovation?

The "infant dedication" service is a new practice that has evolved within some churches of Christ in recent years. Apparently it is becoming increasingly popular, as a search-engine check of "Baby Dedication-Church of Christ" on the world wide web will reveal. Is this practice merely an innocent expediency? Many respectable brethren believe that this exercise reflects a very unhealthy trend ... read more »

The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ

The word diatheke appears thirty-three times in the Greek New Testament. In the King James Version it is rendered by "covenant" twenty times, and by "testament" thirteen times. The word can convey a twofold sense - depending on the context in which it is found. First, it may signify a covenant, or, as we might express it more commonly, a ... read more »

Funeral Customs – Past and Present

From the time of Adam and Eve, until the days of Abraham, the Scriptures are silent as to how our early ancestors disposed of their dead. The first explicit reference to burial is in conjunction with the death of Sarah: "And Abraham rose up from before his dead [Sarah], and spake unto the children of Heth, saying, I am a ... read more »