The following articles are related to the topic of GOODNESS

Voting: Option or Obligation?

"To vote, or not to vote? That is the question,"-if one may paraphrase a renowned English writer. This is a serious question for many people as the election season approaches. It is one of those issues, I respectfully suggest, upon which good people may disagree without dissension. A recent article by a devout Christian took the position that voting is ... read more »

My Cup Runs Over

Psalm 23 has been called the "Nightingale" song, because it sings the sweetest at the midnight hour. The "title" suggests it is a "Psalm of David." These superscriptions (116 of them) are not a part of the original text, but they are very ancient, going back at least to the third century B.C. (in the Greek version). The Psalm falls ... read more »

A Warning to a Wayward Church

Chapters two and three of the book of Revelation contain a series of seven letters. These issued from the resurrected-ascended Christ himself, and were directed to seven representative congregations of the Roman province of Asia. The sacred record affirms that Jesus Christ "walks" (present tense; constant supervision) in the midst of his churches (2:1; cf. 1:20b). Repeatedly it is stated ... read more »

Bertrand Russell and Christianity, Part 1

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was one of the most influential opponents of Christianity of this century. When he won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1950), he was characterized as one "who constantly figured as a defender of humanity and freedom of thought." Actually, he was a militant defender of skepticism and a dedicated enemy of Christianity. Nevertheless, the Swedish Academy described ... read more »

Luke, the Beloved Historian

The gospel of Luke begins with the following remarks: "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us, even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all ... read more »

Why Would a Loving God Send Us to Hell?

The late Bertrand Russell, a renowned British agnostic, wrote a small publication titled, Why I Am Not A Christian. One of the reasons he cited for his unbelief was that Jesus Christ taught that there is an eternal hell for the wicked. Russell could not harmonize Christ's doctrine about hell with the biblical position of a just and benevolent God; ... read more »

Penetrating Questions from the Book of Job

The Book of Job is one of the most profound pieces of literature ever to grace human existence.Little wonder, then, that renowned novelist Victor Hugo once suggested that if all the world's literary efforts were to be destroyed, and he could save but a solitary sample, it would be "Job." In this article, we will challenge ourselves with four intriguing ... read more »

The Value of the “Factious” Spirit

What a curious title for an article! And yet, the concept is biblical. In that controversial epistle, commonly called First Corinthians, Paul deals with a variety of church problems. They were problems conveyed to the apostle via the reports of others (1 Corinthians 1:11), and concerning which the Corinthian saints had inquired of their "father" in the gospel (7:1; 4:15). ... read more »

The Preacher’s Private Life: Study Habits

Wendell Winkler (1931-2005) was one of the most accomplished preachers in the body of Christ in recent years. He was involved in the training of ministers of the gospel, and he proclaimed God's truth from coast to coast. His talents were in great demand. His organizational skills and powerful presentations made him a wonderful mentor to many brethren who aspire ... read more »

Does God Send Delusions? Can a Person Harden Himself Beyond Hope?

I have two questions. What is meant by the expression, "God sends them a strong delusion," as found in Paul's letter to the Thessalonian Christians (2 Thess. 2:11)? How does this harmonize with the concept of God's goodness? Also, is it possible for a person to become so hardened in sin that he is beyond hope? With reference to your ... read more »