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The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment

The fact that human beings were made in the very image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) should suggest, to those who contemplate issues seriously, that we are more than mere temporal creatures passing through time toward oblivion. The concept of an eternal future, which involves punishment for those who choose not to serve God, is one that strikes a ... read more »

Who Is Paul’s “Man of Sin”?

In his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul spoke of the return of Christ and the glories associated therewith. Because some of these saints apparently misunderstood the instruction of that initial epistle, or had been influenced by false teaching, the apostle was constrained to write a second letter, attempting to correct the erroneous ideas entertained by the Thessalonians. ... read more »

The Creation “Days” – Literal or Figurative?

Dr. George Wald of Harvard University was a militant proponent of the theory of evolution. He was, though, at least honest enough to admit that the theory was fraught with some very serious difficulties. These problems, however, in Wald's view, were not insurmountable. He solved some of the "impossibilities" by appealing to time. Time itself, he said, "performs the miracles." ... read more »

What About the “Sacraments”?

"Do you know the actual history of 'Seven Sacraments'? Were all of these brought about at the same time?" The term "sacrament" derives from the Latin sacramentum, the meaning of which is "a thing set apart as holy." The New Testament never isolates certain acts of obedience from others by designating them as "sacraments." However, as the early church (late ... read more »

Obsessive Personalities

The term "addiction" normally conveys a negative impression. It depicts an insatiable appetite, a craving that captivates a person and drives him to an enslaving indulgence. Like the mighty python that slowly but steadily coils around a victim until the life is gone, addictions commonly lead to destruction. The term "addiction" usually is employed to depict an intense desire for ... read more »

National Security — The Real Solution

Those conversant with the Scriptures are surely aware of the fact that God expects individuals to strive for personal righteousness. What is not so well-known, however, is the fact that Jehovah demands a certain level of righteousness for nations as well. "Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov. 14:34). David exclaimed: "The wicked shall ... 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 »

A Study of Biblical Types

One of the most fascinating areas of Bible study is that of typology-the study of Scripture "types." Few Christians have made any sort of in-depth investigation of biblical types. As a matter of fact, this field of study has fallen into disrepute in recent years and this can probably be accounted for on two bases: First, the extravagant speculations of ... read more »

The Truth on Baptism Should Not Be “Watered Down”

We recently received the following letter from a very sincere person. "I was baptized as an infant (Methodist Church) by the sprinkling of water. I was confirmed of my own will at the age of 13. I am currently attending a church that says that my baptism doesn't count because I was not immersed, even though I have been a ... read more »

Are the Dead “Asleep”?

"Why do some teach that the "soul" is conscious after death, when the Bible plainly teaches that the dead are 'asleep'?" There are two significant words in the Greek New Testament for the English term "sleep." Each of these is used both literally and figuratively, that is, for natural sleep, and also as a symbol for death. The term katheudo ... read more »