The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

Jeremiah 7:31 – Does “Silence” Prohibit?

There are many who repudiate the prohibitive force of the silence of the Scriptures.Though they concede that an action is forbidden if there is a specific "thou shalt not," they confidently declare that if the Bible is silent upon a particular issue, one is granted the liberty to act.The question thus becomes - does silence have a negating mood? We ... read more »

Translating Bapto

The Greek word baptizo means to "dip, immerse." It is so defined by virtually every New Testament language authority. The verbal form occurs some eighty times in the New Testament. In most modern versions the verb is not translated at all. Rather, it is anglicized from the Greek language into English, almost letter-for-letter. Why do you suppose this non-translating procedure ... read more »

Enuma Elish: A Babylonian “Creation” Account

In 1845, A.H. Layard, an English archaeologist, discovered the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal among the ruins of ancient Nineveh. Some 26,000 clay-tablet fragments, representing about 10,000 different texts, were found. Among these tablets was a Babylonian "Creation" account, written in Akkadian cuneiform script. Published in 1876 by George Adam Smith of the British Museum, the narrative is known ... read more »

Joshua 6:2,16 – The Gift of Jericho

The first city that lay in the path of the Israelites as they initiated the conquest of Canaan was Jericho. Consider God's promise. "And Jehovah said unto Joshua, 'See, I have given into your hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor'" (Josh. 6:2). Again, later, the text says: "Joshua said unto the people, 'Shout; for ... read more »

The Link between Evolution and Abortion

Many people do not realize that there is a nexus between belief in the theory of evolution, and the horrible practice of abortion - at least in the minds of some. A common argument popularly employed in defense of the theory of evolution - especially in years past - is the "recapitulation" principle. Technically it is known as "ontogeny [individual ... read more »

Philippians 2:6 – Existing in the Form of God

Did Jesus Christ lay aside His deity when He became human? Some writers so allege. William Barclay carelessly wrote that Christ "emptied Himself of His deity to take upon Himself His humanity" (Daily Study Bible, XI, p. 45). One might even get the wrong impression from some of the modern English translations of the Bible. For example, the usually reliable ... read more »

1 Timothy 2:4 — Salvation through Knowledge

There are many strange ideas in the religious world regarding salvation. Some contend that all people will be saved (Universalism). That notion is contradicted by dozens of passages (see Matthew 7:13,14). Others, like the Calvinists, argue that before the world was created God chose some, the elect, to be saved, and others He predetermined to be lost. That notion is ... read more »

The Theology of Demons

As we observed in an another article, "Demons: Ancient Superstition or Historical Reality?", the term "demon" appears to come from a Greek root form meaning "to know." Plato, in his Cratylus (i.398), suggested that the word is derived from daemon, "knowing." Whatever else, therefore, may be said of demons, they were intelligent beings; they "knew" certain truths. A consideration of ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of Proverbs 14:4?

"What is the meaning of Proverbs 14:4? It seems to be out of place in the Bible." Before we address the text of Proverbs 14:4, we need consider this important point. Contrary to the opinions of many, the Bible was intended to instruct us in all areas of life. We do not find the concept of compartmentalizing one's life into ... read more »

Who’s the Boss?

Two boys were working on a go-cart in the garage. Their sister went out to call them in for dinner. "It's time to come in and get cleaned up for dinner," she demanded. They didn't budge, much less acknowledge her presence. In a few minutes, she returned. "Mom said it's time for dinner."Suddenly, they paid attention (Tedd Tripp. Shepherding a ... read more »