The following articles are related to the topic of DEATH

The Death of Matthew Shepard

The tragic case of Matthew Shepard has been prominent in the news of late. Sheperd was a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming. He openly professed homosexuality. Apparently, he was lured from a bar and taken to a remote place; there he was tied to a fence, pistol-whipped, and left exposed in the cold. Eventually, he died. The news ... read more »

A New Torah: “Tree of Death”

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which purportedly represents some 1.5 million "conservative Jews" in the U.S., issued a new edition of the "Torah." The term "Torah" has an elastic meaning in modern Judaism. In its narrowest sense, it alludes to the first five books of the Old Testament. In a broader sense, it connotes "the total content of God's ... read more »

In What Sense Has Christ Abolished Death?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a marvelous collage of Old Testament characters who lived the life of faith. After rehearsing these examples, the inspired writer offers this encouragement. "Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let ... 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 »

Matthew 2:19-20 – The Death of Herod the Great

Herod, popularly known as "the great," is given considerable space in the New Testament (see Matthew 2). He was an Idumean (a descendant of Esau) by ancestry. After the death of Julius Caesar, Herod was appointed "king of the Jews," though his administration was not formally secured until after a series of military victories consummated by the capture of Jerusalem ... read more »

Revelation 1:18 – The Keys of Death and Hades

One of the thrilling oracles of the book of Revelation is Christ's declaration that He is the Living One. He announced: "I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and Hades" (v. 18). The allusion obviously is to His resurrection from the dead. That resurrection gave him the authority (keys) to ... 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 »

Why Would a Loving God Send Us to Hell?

The late Bertrand Russell, a renowned British agnostic, wrote a small publication titled, Why I Am Not A Christian. One of the reasons he cited for his unbelief was that Jesus Christ taught that there is an eternal hell for the wicked. Russell could not harmonize Christ's doctrine about hell with the biblical position of a just and benevolent God; ... read more »

The Use of “Hell” in the New Testament

The term "hell" is found twenty-three times in the King James Version of the English Bible. There is a great deal of confusion among religious folks regarding this word due to the fact that the English form "hell" actually represents three different terms in the Greek New Testament. Let us give consideration to this matter. Hades The Greek hades is ... read more »

Miscellaneous Questions

"Why does the Bible say that the men who were with Saul 'heard' the voice of the Lord (Acts 9:7), when a later account says they 'heard not' the voice (Acts 22:9)? Is this a contradiction?" According to Acts 9:7, the men traveling with Saul, "heard" the voice. The term for "voice" in Greek is phones, in the genitive case. ... read more »