The following articles are related to the topic of EVIL

I Know My Redeemer Lives

Centuries before the birth of Christ, Job, the suffering patriarch of Uz, exclaimed, "I know that my redeemer lives..." (19:25). Job could not possibly have appreciated the magnitude of his statement, nor how his confident hope would be fulfilled. He was suffering terribly - both physically and emotionally. But he sincerely believed that his pain and anguish were out of ... read more »

Help My Unbelief!

It is an episode fraught with mystery; one about which we wish we knew more. A man brought his son, who was possessed of a demon, to the Lord's disciples. He wanted the Master's men to cast out the evil spirit, but they could not. Jesus pinpointed the problem; the disciples' faith was lacking (Mark 9:17-19; cf. Matthew 17:20). Accordingly, ... read more »

The Resurrection of the Wicked

The Pharisees constituted the "straitest" sect of the Jewish religion in the time of Christ (Acts 26:5), but they were not without their own theological flaws. For one thing, they denied that the wicked dead would be raised from the grave. In his discussion of the Pharisees, the Jewish historian Josephus declared that the Pharisees "believe that souls have an ... read more »

Loving Life; Seeing Good Days

In his first epistle, Peter cites a phrase that quickly engages one's attention. "He that would love life, and see good days, let him ..." (1 Peter 3:10). Who could possibly resist not probing this captivating sentence for additional information? Who does not long to "love life"? Who does not cherish "good days"? The passage seems to provide the hope ... read more »

Mrs. Job — A Portrait of Defection

Job, the great patriarch of ancient Uz, stands like a beacon light amidst the "tragedy" figures of literary history. The drama of his life is fairly well known. In terms of character, he was a spiritual giant. The inspired record describes him as one who was "perfect [spiritually mature] and upright." He revered God and attempted to abstain from sinful ... read more »

All Things Work Together for Good: Controversy or Comfort?

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 KJV). This passage is surely one of the most precious to the child of God, fondly embraced in times of trial. And yet, it appears to be seriously misunderstood by many-in a host ... read more »

An Atheist’s Daughter

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), a British mathematician and philosopher, was applauded as one of the world's profound thinkers. In 1959 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on the basis that he was "a defender of humanity and freedom of thought." He authored more than 40 books covering such subjects as philosophy, education, sex, and morality. Religious Philosophy At times, ... read more »

Reflections on the Goodness of God

The incident is found in all of the synoptic accounts (Mt. 19:16-22; Mk. 10:17-22; Lk. 18:18-23). A young, wealthy ruler was acquainted with the ministry of Christ. On a certain occasion, therefore, this official ran to Jesus, knelt before him, and asked: "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" In his response, the Lord asked: ... 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 »

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 »