The following articles are related to the topic of CONVERSION

Was Matthew Mistaken in the “Nazarene” Prophecy?

"In Matthew 2:23 it was said of Jesus: '. . . and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets, that he should be called a Nazarene.'But there is no Old Testament prophecy of this nature.How does one explain this difficulty?" First, it is necessary to point out ... read more »

Islam’s Denial of the Death of Jesus Christ

Islam's Qur'an asserts that Jesus was not crucified; rather, the Savior's death was only "made to appear" as such. Actually, it is alleged, he was "raised up" unto God without dying on the cross (Sura IV.157-158). Here is the text in full: "That they said (in boast), 'We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Apostle of God'; - ... read more »

The Importance of Bible Chronology

The question arises occasionally as to why there is so much chronology in the Bible. The answer was supplied by Edwin Thiele, one of the most renowned biblical chronologists of modern times. "Chronology is important. Without chronology it is not possible to understand history, for chronology is the backbone of history. We know that God regards chronology as important, for ... read more »

A Message from John

One of the most thrilling passages in John's first epistle is found in chapter 2, verses 1-2. The text reads as follows: "My little children, these things write I unto you that you may not sin.And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and ... read more »

The Second Death — Separation or Annihilation?

There appears to be a growing tendency by a minority element associated with "Christendom" to contend that the fate of the wicked will be utter annihilation (non-existence), as opposed to a conscious suffering in an eternal hell. This departure from biblical truth has been gradual but steady. In his book, Repent or Perish (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990), ... read more »

Can a Man Justify God?

"What is the meaning of the phrase, 'justified God,' in Luke 7:29? Isn't God just already? How could man possibly 'justify' God?" First, let us take a look at the full text in which the phrase is found. "I say unto you, among them that are born of women there is none greater than John: yet he that is but ... read more »

Take Heed Lest You Fall

Many sincere religious people have been mistakenly led to believe that it is utterly impossible for a child of God to fall from the grace of God. The Swiss reformer, John Calvin, popularized this notion, and it has found its way into numerous theological creeds of today's world. The Bible, however, does not teach this dangerous doctrine; in fact, Holy ... read more »

How Ought We to Behave? A Response to Socrates

Socrates (ca. 469-399 B.C.) was the greatest philosopher of ancient Greece. He left no writings, but his teachings have been preserved (with some embellishment) by Plato and others. In one of his Dialogues, Plato records a conversation between Socrates and Alcibiades. The great philosopher informs Alcibiades that there is a risk in approaching his god in prayer, lest he should ... read more »

Psalm 95 — A Message of Urgency

Though the superscription of the Old Testament text does not assign it to a particular author, the New Testament attributes Psalm 95 to David (cf. Heb. 4:7). And while it dates three millennia ago, it contains exhortation as valuable for us today as for the generation of the shepherd king. Psalm 95 rather easily divides into three sections. First, there ... read more »

The Pain of Lingering Regrets

Nathan Hale elevated the term "regret" to a new high in 1776. Hale, a lad of twenty-one years, was a captain in the colonial army. He was arrested by the British as a spy and sentenced to hang. His courageous, final words were: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." More often than ... read more »