The following articles are related to the topic of BELIEF

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 »

JUSTIFICATION: By Faith or Works?

Is justification from sin by faith or works? Does it result from neither, one as opposed to the other, or both? One would expect that such a fundamental question could be answered clearly and confidently, with a united declaration, by those who profess a devout regard for the testimony of the Scriptures. Sadly, such is not the case. The more ... read more »

Are Science and Faith Compatible?

Well are they? Can one believe in the concept of a universe that was created by God, and not be considered an anti-science ignoramus? Many people have been led to believe that faith in God and the facts of science are mutually exclusive propositions. In one of his books, Vance Packard declared that "the discoveries of astronomers, geologists, and space ... read more »

Faith-Based Bathing — A Friendly Review

Christianity Today is probably the most popular journal in the protestant religious community. The magazine was founded by Billy Graham in 1956, and more than 100,000 copies of the journal are distributed each month. At times the magazine has some very good articles; on other occasions, it seriously is at variance with the Scriptures. The periodical has a regular feature ... read more »

Nero Caesar and the Christian Faith

One of the most despicable manifestations of human flesh ever to disgrace this planet was Nero Claudius Caesar. Born in A.D. 37, Nero was educated at the feet of the philosopher Seneca (whom he eventually forced to commit suicide). Nero murdered his way to the imperial throne, which he occupied from A.D. 54-68. His life was characterized by debauchery, violence ... read more »

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

The expression, "The just [righteous] shall live by faith," is a wonderful affirmation from the Holy Spirit of sacred revelation, brimming with truth and comfort. It occurs four times in Scripture-once in the book of Habakkuk, twice in Paul's epistles, and finally in the epistle to the Hebrews. Habakkuk The book of Habakkuk was probably composed near the end of ... read more »

Science and Faith: The Budding Romance

"Science Finds God"-so the headline announced in a past issue of Newsweek magazine (Begley 1998, 47ff). The piece began: The achievements of modern science seem to contradict religion and undermine faith. But for a growing number of scientists, the same discoveries offer support for spirituality and hints [sic] of the very nature of God. Earlier, U.S. News & World Report ... read more »

A Common Faith and Common Salvation

The word "common" is a very common word, both in English and in Greek, the language in which the New Testament was composed. In fact, the particular form of Greek employed in the Mediterranean world of the first century was Koine (common) Greek because it was "used and understood throughout the civilized world, being spoken freely on the streets of ... read more »

When Infidelity Fashions Faith

Ideally one's faith should grow out of a rich companionship with the Word of God. Genuine faith is forged by the instruction of the Scriptures (Rom. 10:17). Unfortunately, the "faith" of some is not so fashioned. Though most people want to "believe" in something sacred, they frequently want a religious system of their own creation - one which suits their ... read more »

Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?

"A friend says that salvation is solely of God's 'sovereign grace,' and that not even 'faith' is essential for justification. He argues that believing is not something that we do of our own accord; instead, it is a 'gift' from God. He cites Ephesians 2:8 as proof that faith is a 'gift.' Would you comment on this?" With all due ... read more »