The following articles are related to the topic of EVIL

While He Was Yet Speaking

The book of Job is one of the greatest literary pieces of all time. It is sometimes classified as a tragedy. Though he was faithful in his service to God, the great patriarch of Uz suffered a series of devastating, rapid-fire blows-instigated by Satan, but allowed by God. A messenger brought Job the news of an initial loss, and "while ... read more »

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 »

Job’s Final Exam

The book of Job is one of the most profound pieces of writing ever to grace the world's literature. Noted novelist Victor Hugo once said that if all the world's literature were to be destroyed, and he could save one sample, it would be the book of Job. The basic theme of the document is familiar to most Bible students. ... read more »

The Value of “Waiting” on Jehovah

One of the truly thrilling passages of the Old Testament is nestled in the book of Isaiah. "[T]hey that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint" (40:31). Historical Background To appreciate this passage some background is in order. The ... read more »

The Bible and Self-Esteem

No person is one-dimensional. Actually, there are three views of every individual: the view that God has of us, the opinions that others hold concerning us, and the perception we have of ourselves. Each of these is quite important. God's Image ... of Us First, let us consider the divine vantage point. This is the assessment that is accurate in ... read more »

Psalm 22: A Brief Analysis

Psalm 22 has been a favorite of mine for many years, the reason being because of its wonderful messianic thrust. It contains so many powerful thoughts regarding the Savior, and His death on our behalf, that the Christian cannot but be stirred by it. The psalm logically divides into five segments. Consider these enriching treasures of truth. Christ's Rejection by ... read more »

A Prayer of the Afflicted: A Study of Psalm 102

"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances" (Proverbs 25:11, NASB). In the circumstance of tragedy, a simple statement spoken in sincerity, "I know how you feel," are words that are like apples of gold in settings of silver. When you say, "I know how you feel," to a friend recently diagnosed with ... read more »

The Terror of Death: Causes and Cures

Death has been depicted as the "king of terrors." Such was the descriptive of Bildad, one of Job's erstwhile friends (Job 18:14). His sentiment has been shared by countless others. The psalmist once lamented: "My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror has ... read more »

Did Christ Literally Bear Our Sins on the Cross?

Some scholars allege that when Jesus died he literally bore our sins in his body on the cross. Others believe that Christ only bore the penalty for sin. Which view represents the truth of the matter? A number of prominent sectarian theologians contend that as the Lord languished upon the cross, he literally bore our sins in his body, so ... read more »

Life and Death Ethical Issues

Solomon once observed that there is "a time to be born, and a time to die" (Eccl. 3:2). Dying, which ultimately is the price tag attached to human rebellion (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12), is man's final earthly experience. It shuts the door to this-world activity (Eccl. 9:6; Heb. 9:27)-the views of many fanciful speculators to the contrary notwithstanding-and opens vistas ... read more »