The following articles are related to the topic of EVIL

The Strange Case of Julian “The Apostate”

According to some historians, the influence of that Roman ruler, known as Julian "the Apostate" (A.D. 361-363), was a critical point in the history of the Christian movement. Let us pick up some background on this matter. The new religion of Jesus Christ was scarcely out of its swaddling clothes when persecution hit it hard. First, as the book of ... read more »

Baseball, Apple Pie, and Persecution

Yes, the list of what is "American" is growing, and persecution is now in the inventory. What is persecution? "Persecution is the suffering or pressure, mental, moral, or physical, which authorities, individuals, or crowds inflict on others, especially for opinions or beliefs, with a view to their subjection by recantation, silencing, or as a last resort, execution" (G. W. Bromiley. ... read more »

The Temptations of Christ

After Jesus was immersed by John, he was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matt. 4:1; Mk. 1:12; Lk. 4:1). The exact location of the temptation scene is unknown. What is significant is that the Lord was alone, fasting, tempted, and tested. Jesus' total submission to the will of God was tried from the very beginning ... read more »

That Nameless, Unreasoning, Unjustified Terror

What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of rejection; of not being loved? Are you afraid that change would bring about new failures? Would another personal defeat be unbearable? If it's the present you fear, or the future, you're not alone. You have lots of company-every man and woman on earth. Justifiable fear guards against recklessness. But that "nameless, ... read more »

Who Was John the Baptist?

Who was John the Baptist? And what was his relationship to Jesus? His name was divinely given. It was to be "John" (Lk. 1:13), which derives from a Hebrew term signifying "Jehovah is gracious." He was known familiarly as "the Baptist" (bearing no relation to the modern sect), which simply means "an immerser, one who administers the rite of immersion" ... read more »

Responding to Critics on the “Instrumental Music” Issue

In several previously-published articles, we have discussed the issue of whether or not the use of mechanical instruments of music is divinely sanctioned for Christian worship. A foundational point that we have sought to emphasize is this: There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental accompaniment in Christian worship. We are not at liberty, therefore, to improvise ... read more »

The Judas Make-Over

"Was Judas Iscariot a 'hero,' who secretly worked together with Jesus Christ to bring about the Messianic mission? Or was he a villain who betrayed his Lord and Master?" Ever since the second century A.D. there have been efforts to cast Judas Iscariot (the traitor who delivered Jesus over to the Roman authorities) into a redesigned mold of historical revisionism. ... read more »

Old Testament Events and the Goodness of God

The Scriptures affirm that God is morally perfect. He is holy (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8), just and righteous (Psalm 89:14), and good (Psalm 100:5; 106:1). Being a morally perfect entity (Matthew 5:48), all that God does, commands, and approves must of necessity be good (Psalm 119:39,68). In view of this, the beginning Bible student may be troubled when he encounters ... read more »

Scientific Evidence Affirms the Worth of Pre-Born Children

In the sixth month of her pregnancy with John (later to be called the "Baptizer"), the aged Elizabeth, wife of Zacharias, was visited by her kinswoman, Mary of Nazareth. The latter informed Elizabeth that she too would bear a child. When the glad tidings were revealed to the elderly kinswoman, she was "filled with the Holy Spirit," and her voice ... read more »

The Influence of Home Life

To what extent does the influence of the home affect the religious convictions and practices a child develops as he/she grows into maturity? Almost none, say some modern scientists, who now are alleging that the most significant influence in the child's religious life is the "God gene." This is the notion that one's religious inclination is grounded in heredity, and ... read more »