The following articles are related to the topic of GOODNESS

What About “Local” Church Membership?

"Is a person required to be a member of a local church?Can he not be just a Christian, without a 'church' affiliation?" Before we address this question specifically, let us lay a broader foundation concerning the use of the term "church" in the New Testament. The English word "church" is derived from the Greek kurikon, meaning "belonging to the Lord."The ... read more »

Is God There?

When the hardships of life take their toll, sufferers may be tempted to question whether God is at all concerned. Yet the following truths reveal that the faithful child of God is ever in the mind and care of our loving Creator. Emma was a sweet, four-and-one-half year old girl, the utter delight of her parents. Now, she is with ... read more »

Zechariah’s Amazing Prophecy of the Betrayal of Christ

Zechariah was a prophet who lived in the 6th century before the birth of Christ. He was one of those captives in Babylon but, under the leadership of a political ruler whose name was Zerubbabel, Zechariah, together with some 50,000 of his Hebrew kinsmen, returned to their native Palestine (cir. 536 B.C.). The record of these events is found in ... read more »

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens' famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, closes with the oft-cited words, "It is a far, far better thing that I do ..." With apologies to the renowned author, we wish to reflect upon two cities of the ancient world - one of which did "far, far better" than the other in its response to the gospel of ... read more »

Must Terminally Ill Christians Artificially Prolong Life?

"Is a terininally ill Christian morally obligated to prolong his life artificially (by means of drugs or machinery)?" Life-and-death issues are some of the most difficult decisions that one may ever have to make, and this is a question many are confronting. Since the Bible does not provide specific answers to many questions of this nature, scriptural principles must be ... read more »

What about Braided Hair?

In Paul's first letter to Timothy, he seems to forbid a woman wearing her hair braided (2:9). Can you comment on this? What would be the reason behind this prohibition? The full context of any passage, plus other relevant information elsewhere in the Bible on the same topic, must be employed to bring any ambiguous passage into clear focus. So ... read more »

1 Peter – The True Grace of God

When Peter concluded his first epistle, he summarized the basic purpose of the narrative. "I have written unto you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God; stand ye fast therein" (5:12). The thrust of the book is thus threefold. It contains certain exhortations to godliness.It sets forth the nature of true grace.It urges fidelity to ... read more »

James 3:1 – A Warning for Teachers

In the Greek New Testament there is a negative particle which is quite expressive as it is employed with different grammatical constructions. For example, the particle me (pronounced "may"), when used with a verb that is in the present tense and imperative mood (command), suggests that one is to stop the progressive action that is reflected by the verb. On ... read more »

The Meanings of “Righteous”

The Greek adjective dikaios, usually rendered "righteous" or "just," occurs about eighty times in the New Testament.It is not easy to assign it a solitary meaning, because the term is used in a variety of ways, depending upon the context. Let us illustrate at least three senses in which the inspired writers employed this word. (1) The term is used ... read more »

Jude 1 – The Possibility of Apostasy

While yet within the bliss of Eden, Adam was warned of God that he should not eat of the produce of "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" - lest he die. In a later conversation with the tempting serpent, Eve repeated this prohibition. Satan disputed the Lord's utterance, alleging that these first human beings would "not die" ... read more »