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James 1:13 – God Cannot Be Tempted

The Bible is a document that reveals the majestic nature of the Creator. And James has somewhat to say about the nature of God. For instance, he affirms the absolute holiness of God when he declares that "God cannot be tempted with evil" (1:13). This is reminiscent of Habakkuk's statement that Jehovah is of purer eyes than to look upon ... read more »

1 Peter 3:4 — The Incorruptible Spirit

Religious materialists (e.g., the "Jehovah's Witnesses," Seventh-day Adventists, etc.) do not believe that human beings possess an eternal spirit that survives the death of the body. They thus do not believe in an eternal, conscious punishment for the wicked in hell. Often they challenge, "No where does the Bible say that man has an eternal spirit." Well, the Scriptures may ... read more »

Why Were Humans Created?

A student at a major university is troubled by questions his professors are asking. For example: Why did God create man? If one replies that God "needed someone to love," why couldn't he just have loved the angels? Whatever may be said about man could apply to them as well. If God already had angels, then why did he create ... read more »

What Is Modernism?

I frequently see writers refer to what they call "modernism." Exactly what do they mean by this term? The history of "Christendom" for the past twenty centuries has been characterized by cycles. One of those recurring cycles is that of theological modernism. Modernism is a determined effort on the part of those who have lost their personal faith in the ... read more »

Some Reflections on “Right” and “Wrong”

Sinful human beings are ever attempting to blur the distinction between "right" and "wrong." This inclination reaches far back into antiquity. The Book of Proverbs states: "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination unto Jehovah" (17:15). Later, the prophet Isaiah affirmed: "Woe unto them who call evil good, and ... read more »

In What Sense is Humanity in the “Image” of God?

"Genesis 1:26 has God saying, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'Would you explain this language?" This text is one of the most thrilling in the opening moments of sacred Scripture.It provides a preview of the amazing love of God on behalf of human kind, and a breathtaking commentary on the uniqueness of Adam and his offspring.It ... read more »

Is the Bible Obsolete?

A reader writes: *"How can the Bible be accepted as universal when certain aspects of it are obsolete by reason of the ancient cultures out of which it arose?In view of its historical setting, how can it be practical?How can it function as a guide for man today?" In considering this question there are several factors that must be taken ... read more »

The Lord Is My Rock

We are comforted by the words, "The Lord is my shepherd," but what about the thought, "The Lord is my rock"? The word "rock" is used about twenty-four times in the book of Psalms with reference to God. Here is an example. "Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will ... read more »

Every Spiritual Blessing Is in Christ

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . " (Eph. 1:3). The word "blessed" is eulogetos - like our word "eulogy." It means, "to speak well of."There are related words for "blessing" men, but this word is only used of God in the New Testament. Men may be "praised" for their benevolent deeds occasionally, ... read more »

Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible?

The Islamic holiday, Qurbani Id (or Id Al-Adha), is known as the "Sacrifice Festival." Muslims celebrate this "great feast of sacrifice" on the tenth day of the last month of the Muslim year. According to their doctrinal scheme, this day celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by Hagar, Ishmael. If you remember the Old Testament account, you ... read more »