The following articles are related to the topic of HEAVEN

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 »

The Creation “Days” – Literal or Figurative?

Dr. George Wald of Harvard University was a militant proponent of the theory of evolution. He was, though, at least honest enough to admit that the theory was fraught with some very serious difficulties. These problems, however, in Wald's view, were not insurmountable. He solved some of the "impossibilities" by appealing to time. Time itself, he said, "performs the miracles." ... 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 »

Do the First Two Chapters of Genesis Contradict One Another?

"Can you explain the discrepancy between the first two chapters of Genesis?In chapter two, God decides that Adam still doesn't have a suitable companion, so he then creates woman.This appears to be in contradiction to chapter one, in which man and woman were created together - after the animals and everything else." The "contradiction" exists only if the reader has ... read more »

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – Everlasting Destruction

In his book, The Fire That Consumes (1982), Edward Fudge argues that the final destiny of the wicked will be annihilation. He believes that hell is "total, everlasting extinction." One of the New Testament passages which he cites in an attempt to prove this materialistic theory is 2 Thessalonians 1:9. "and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at ... 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 »

Matthew 5:5 — Meek Inherit the Earth

In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ declared: "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). There are two misconceptions commonly connected with this passage. First, the nature of meekness is misunderstood. Second, some contend that the verse speaks of a future, eternal abode upon the earth. Who are the meek? To many, "meekness" suggests the ... read more »

The Textual Basis of the Bible

Several years ago a movement developed in denominational circles that charged that virtually all Bible translations, this side of the King James Version, are based upon a "corrupt" text, hence, are not nearly as reliable as the KJV. Some within the brotherhood of Christ have jumped on the KJV-only bandwagon. Their position, however, is not based upon sound principles of ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Tender Plant. . . out of Dry Ground”?

"In Isaiah 53, the coming Messiah is described as a 'tender plant and as a root out of dry ground' (v. 2).What is the meaning of this expression?" Isaiah 53 is a veritable galaxy of prophecies regarding Jehovah's suffering Servant - the Christ.Seven centuries before the birth of Jesus, God's prophet declared that the Messiah would grow up under the ... read more »

What Is Meant by “the Spirits of Just Men Made Perfect”?

"What is the meaning of the phrase, 'the spirits of just men made perfect,' in Hebrews 12:23?" The book of Hebrews is in a class of its own compared to the other documents of the New Testament. It has been described as a "summarization of the transition from the old system to the new" (H.C. Thiessen, Introduction to the New ... read more »