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Manufacturing “Slave Babies”

In a 2004, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity issued a press release noting that the Journal of the American Medical Association had reported on experiments being carried out by Chicago's Reproductive Genetics Institute. The report had to do with genetic procedures crafted to engineer "designer children" for the purpose of providing blood and/or tissue for potential use on ... read more »

What Is Propitiation?

The English "propitiation" is from Latin, meaning "favorable, gracious, kind" or "render favorable." The first attested use of this term is in a Latin translation of the Scriptures. The Latin form propitiatorium was employed to translate the Greek word, hilasterion, which is found 22 times in the Greek translation of the Old Testament. Interestingly, hilasterion was used in the LXX ... read more »

Did God Ask Moses To Be Deceitful?

After Moses had concluded his stunning interview with Jehovah at the site of the burning bush, he was commanded to: Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that ... read more »

The Christian Priesthood

Several terms are employed in the New Testament to express various relationships that Christians sustain to God and to one another. They are designated as "children" in view of the new birth process that is required for a spiritual union with their Creator (John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26-27). As a result of his incarnation (John 1:14), Jesus entered ... read more »

What About the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24:21?

"If Matthew 24:5-33 refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, as some contend, how does one explain verse 21 - that this was the worst calamity in history?" Many scholars have argued the case that the earlier portion of Matthew 24 has to do with the impending fall of Jerusalem (accomplished in A.D. 70 when invaded by the ... read more »

Amos, David, and Instruments of Music

"Does Amos 6:5 censure David's introduction of instrumental music in worship - even under the old covenant?Does the text hint that musical instruments in the Old Testament were something God tolerated, like polygamous marriage, rather than being his ideal?" This is a question upon which Bible expositors are not agreed. Let us first note the controversial text. In his rebuke ... read more »

Dealing Treacherously with One’s Spouse

The book of Malachi, the final document of the Old Testament, contains a series of scathing rebukes against the Hebrew people in the post-captivity period (c. 457-432 B.C.) of the nation's history. The Israelites had drifted into a state of spiritual lethargy and were involved in numerous manifestations of sin, not the least of which involved flouting the vows of ... read more »

What Happens To A Person At Death?

When the human body dies, it goes back to the dust of corruption (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 12:7; 2 Cor. 5:1) where it remains until the "last day" of earth's history (Jn. 6:44, 54). At that point it will be raised in a new form, an immortal body (Dan. 12:2; Mt. 10:28; 1 Cor. 15:54). The human body is not "recycled" ... read more »

Judges 4 – Deborah, the Woman Judge

It was a dark hour in Israel's history. Apparently, there were no worthy male leaders among the Hebrew people. Hence, God raised up a prophetess to judge the nation. Her name was Deborah (Judges 4:4ff). Some feel that this example serves as a precedent today. And they contend, therefore, that it is appropriate to have women preachers/leaders in the church. ... read more »

Jehovah’s Righteous Branch

The prophet Jeremiah was a prisoner of his own people, confined to "the court of the guard" in the city of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 33:1). He had agitated the Hebrews by his prophecies of the coming Babylonian invasion, and the ravaging of the city of Jerusalem. The day would come, he declared, when the city will be filled with the dead ... read more »