The following articles are related to the topic of EVIL

Terror from the Sky

Perhaps "numb" is the best word to describe the condition of most Americans on September 11, 2001, as many of us sat mutely staring in horror at the events that unfolded before our eyes via television. The petrifying spectacle of "human missiles" being deployed to bomb the World Trade Center, and Washington's Pentagon, was seen again and again. News analysts ... read more »

Defending the Faith with a Broken Sword — Part 1

The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that Christians are to proclaim the gospel of God in a loving and positive way. We are to expose every rational creature to the good news regarding the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. We should assume that each person that we encounter is an honest soul until he or she ... read more »

Are Some Sins Greater than Others?

When Jesus was on trial before Pilate, he said: "He who delivers me unto you has the greater sin" (Jn. 19:11). Is one type of sin 'greater' than another? Explain, please. On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus, in company with his disciples (Judas excluded), left the city of Jerusalem and made his way eastward across the brook Kidron to ... read more »

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – Everlasting Destruction

In his book, The Fire That Consumes (1982), Edward Fudge argues that the final destiny of the wicked will be annihilation. He believes that hell is "total, everlasting extinction." One of the New Testament passages which he cites in an attempt to prove this materialistic theory is 2 Thessalonians 1:9. "and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at ... read more »

The Divine Benefits Package — A Study of Psalm 103

The book of Psalms is one of the truly majestic pieces of biblical literature. It is a collection of 150 songs inspired by the Spirit of God. Some of these celebrate the history of the nation of Israel. Others pronounce severe judgments upon those who set themselves as enemies of Jehovah. There are psalms that are messianic in thrust, i.e., ... read more »

Babylon: A Test Case in Prophecy—Part 1

It was the most remarkable community of its day-a San Francisco, New York, or London of the antique world. Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), known as the father of ancient history, once visited the great metropolis. He said that "in magnificence there is no other city that approaches to it" (The Histories I.178). It was Babylon! Babylon's roots reached back almost to ... read more »

What Is Worldliness?

The English noun, "world," derives from the Greek term, kosmos (186 times in the New Testament). In classical Greek the word suggested the idea of "order" or that which has been "arranged." This hints of an Orderer, or one who has arranged the harmonious elements of the universe-though this concept entertained by the Greeks was obscure. Balbus, a Stoic writer, ... read more »

A Reflection Upon Three Crosses

Crucifixion was probably the most horrible form of capital punishment ever devised by man. The ancient Persians practiced it (ca. 522 B.C.); for example, when Darius, a Persian ruler, conquered Babylon (the second conquest), he had three thousand leading citizens crucified (Herodotus, The Histories 3.159). Later crucifixion became a mode of Greek execution. Following the destruction of Tyre, Alexander the ... read more »

The Perfecting of Jesus Christ

The fifth chapter of the book of Hebrews has to do with Jesus Christ as our high priest. The chapter naturally divides into four segments. - The nature of the high priest's office under the Mosaic system. - The appointment of Jesus as our high priest. - The Lord's qualifications to be high priest. - The Christian's responsibility to Christ ... read more »

The Land Where God Is Not

They meant it as a hateful insult. It turns out to be a thrilling truth. During the personal ministry of Jesus, as the leaders of the Jewish community (e.g., the Pharisees and the scribes) became increasingly perceptive as to the nature of the Lord's teaching, they concocted various malicious rumors in their attempts to negate his gracious influence. Some charged ... read more »