The following articles are related to the topic of HEAVEN

Are There Degrees of Blessedness and Punishment in Eternity?

"Will there be differing degrees of rewards in heaven and different levels of punishment in hell?" Before we address the question directly, recognizing some preliminary observations and principles would be helpful. God is good The Bible is very clear in affirming that God is a being of absolute goodness. The Psalmist declared: "Good and upright is Jehovah?" (25:8; cf. 100:5). ... read more »

John 6:27-29 – The “Work” of Faith

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul thrillingly declares: "For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (6:23). The expression "free gift" translates the single Greek word, charisma.This term is related to the original word that is frequently rendered "grace" charis).It thus denotes a gift that is ... read more »

A Problem No Skeptic Can Explain

The writers of the Gospel accounts - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - quite definitely affirm that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and that he performed miracles to authenticate that affirmation. Further, they allege that even though Jesus was put to death on the cross, after three days he came out of the grave, thus, forcefully ... read more »

Acts 2:21 — Calling on the Lord’s Name

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter declared: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). In view of this statement, folks sometimes ask: Why do members of the church of Christ insist that baptism is a requirement for being saved? One should not assume that calling upon the Lord's name, and ... read more »

What About Catholicism’s Ideas About Mary?

"Why do some religions place such great attention upon Mary, the mother of Jesus?Is this justified?" Mary was a Hebrew maiden who was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Her miraculous conception of the Savior was prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14; cf. Matthew 1:22-23). Mary certainly was worthy of honor as a godly Jewish woman (see ... read more »

Romans 8:21 — Creation Delivered

One of the most perplexing contexts in the book of Romans is found in chapter 8. In this section Paul suggests that the "whole creation" anticipates a deliverance from the bondage of corruption (vv. 21, 22). The key question is this: in what sense will the "creation" be delivered from corruption? Is the language literal or figurative? Those of the ... read more »

Deuteronomy 5:3,12 – The Scope of the Sabbath

To whom was the seventh-day sabbath a religious obligation? To the whole of humanity from the beginning of time? Or just to the Israelite nation from the era of Sinai? Modern sabbatarians argue for the former view, but the Scriptures support the latter conclusion. In a preface to the inauguration of the Ten Commandments, Moses declared: "Jehovah made not this ... read more »

Proverbs 6:17 – Hands that Shed Innocent Blood

In this blunt context, there is a brief catalog of traits which the Holy God of heaven abhors. One of these is "hands that shed innocent blood." "There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet ... read more »

John 4:7 — Christ’s Love and Tradition

As Christ traveled from Judea to Galilee, He passed through the region of Samaria. Near the city of Sychar, at Jacob's well, the Lord met a Samaritan woman and asked her for a drink of water. From there the conversation proceeded to spiritual matters. In the course of this exchange, Jesus actually violated three cultural traditions of His day. In ... read more »

The Papacy and Mark’s Significant Omission

About six months before his death, Jesus was in northern Palestine, in the area of Caesarea Philippi. It was at this time that a conversation of some renown, between Christ and his disciples, took place. Matthew's version of the narrative is as follows: "Who do men say the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; ... read more »