The following articles are related to the topic of BELIEF

Why People Believe in Evolution

The most insidious and damaging ideology ever foisted upon the mind of modern man is the notion that human beings are but animals, and the offspring of other, more primitive creatures. It is known as the theory of organic evolution. This concept has been reflected in recent years in such volumes as Phil Donahue's, The Human Animal (1986), and in ... read more »

A Bible-Believing People

One of the significant features of the church of Jesus Christ is its attitude toward the Holy Scriptures in terms of the nature of the Bible and the authority inherent in this sacred Book. Informed Christians operate under the conviction that the Scriptures are from God and through them the divine Mind has been revealed. If God exists-and the evidence ... read more »

Why I Don’t Believe in Miracles

The affirmation cited above reflects the title of a recent article that appeared in Newsweek magazine (Hefner 2000, 61). It was authored by Philip Hefner, a professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Hefner's essay is mostly about his objections to "miracles" today, based upon his observations of the regularity of nature, his association with ... read more »

Belief as Used in the Book of Acts

The Greek noun for faith is pistis; the corresponding verb is pisteuo. Combined, these forms are employed some 243 times in the New Testament. There is a great deal of confusion and controversy in the community of "Christendom" as to the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, sectarian bias has clouded the understanding of many on this important biblical theme. Depending ... read more »

Acts 11:21,24 – “A Great Number that Believed Turned unto the Lord”

It is rather well known that many within the community of "Christendom" (i.e., professed Christianity) allege that the sole condition for pardon in the divine plan of redemption is "faith." The Discipline of the Methodist Church states: "Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort" (Art. IX).Article V of Hiscox's ... read more »

Does the Marriage of an Unbeliever to a Believer Sanctify the Unbeliever?

"What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 7:14 when he said that an unbeliever is 'sanctified' by a Christian spouse?" First, the Bible student must understand the meaning of the term "sanctified," and the various uses of that term that are made by the sacred writers of the New Testament. The word appears in two grammatical forms in the New ... read more »

1 Timothy 1:16 – Believe unto Eternal Life

Many denominationalists are strong opponents of the concept that baptism is a divine condition for the remission of past sins. However, the Bible explicitly teaches that immersion is "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). The term "for" in this passage is a translation of the Greek word eis, a preposition which means unto, in order to, to obtain (see ... read more »

Justified by Faith

The text is thrilling beyond the human tongue to express: Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2). The Exegesis Bible passages brim with inspired ... read more »

Is Evidence Needed For Faith?

Some folks believe that in order to have faith in Christ, you must examine certain evidence and draw a conclusion. Others object, suggesting that if you have to have "evidence" to believe, faith really would not be faith at all? For instance, some will argue that Christ's resurrection is something that must be accepted by faith alone ... that there ... 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 »