The following articles are related to the topic of BELIEF

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »

Examine Yourselves!

Second Corinthians is probably one of the least frequently studied, or even read, books of the New Testament. To fully appreciate this inspired treatise, one needs to have some background knowledge of the establishment of this church, the problems that plagued these Christian people, and the relationship between the apostle and this congregation he established (cf. Acts 18:1-11). Background of ... read more »

The Language of God

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He led the successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project, a complex scientific enterprise aimed at mapping and sequencing human DNA, and determining various aspects of its function. Dr. Collins has authored a book titled, The Language of ... read more »

Evaluating Evolution in Plain English

Little children are taught about evolution from an early age, and the media continues to propagate it unabashedly. The following quotation is typical. "The virtually infinite variations of life are the fruit of the evolutionary process. All living creatures are related by descent from common ancestors. Humans and other mammals are descended from shrewlike creatures that lived more than 150,000,000 ... read more »

What Are You Looking for in a Church?

Some people couldn't care less about religion. They do not believe in God; and "church," in their opinion, would be a burden and a waste of time. There are not many theoretical atheists (the evidence for God's existence is much too compelling); there are, though, legions of practical atheists-those who profess belief, but live as if there were no God. ... read more »

The Fragrance of Christian Influence

People have long been aware of the value of influence. Plutarch said that "a word or nod from a good person has more weight than the eloquent speeches of others." Just as plants yield fragrances, so people exert influence - for good or ill. What Is Influence? Influence sometimes is defined as the "ability to produce an effect without apparent ... read more »

God’s Plan of Salvation for His Lost Children

It is truly a tragedy that so many Christian people labor under the illusion that it is impossible for them ever to be lost. Unfortunately, though, the Calvinistic dogma of "once-saved, always-saved," has infected the brotherhood of Christ-at least practically, if not intellectually. It is a grim reality that there may be more lost people in our Sunday morning assemblies, ... read more »

False Ideas about God

When Paul was in Athens, he declared to certain philosophers (who had gathered together to hear new ideas) that they were ignorant of the true God (Acts 17:23). In our current society, many feel that modern man has intellectually advanced beyond the primitive Greeks. The truth is, a significant segment of our own populous is about as crude in its ... read more »

Is the “Gospel of Judas” True?

Author's Note: This is a preliminary article to provide an immediate response to the recent publication and promotion of the Coptic Pseudo-Gospel of Judas. This article will be updated by a more comprehensive treatment of the topic in a few months when more material is available. In April 2006, the National Geographic Society of Washington D.C. held a press conference ... read more »

THE GOLDEN TEXT: A Study of John 3:16

The Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16, is one of the all-time beloved and well-known verses in the entire Bible. It is frequently called the "golden text" of Scripture. One might be shocked to learn, therefore, that this great passage is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented texts of the Word of God. Many sincere people, who dearly ... read more »