The following articles are related to the topic of HELL

Questions for God

A recent edition of USA Today contained an interesting survey that is worthy of some reflection. The following question was posed to adults across the nation: If you could get in contact with God directly, ask a question, and get an immediate reply-what would you ask? Here are the results: The highest percentage (34%) wants to know: "What is my ... read more »

Preaching to the Spirits in Prison

Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while ... read more »

Is Capital Punishment a Deterrent?

Some insist that execution-even of a vicious murderer-is wrong, though they offer no moral criterion save their personal inclination for that judgment. Others, with an appeal of sorts to the Scriptures, allege that capital punishment is incompatible with the teaching of Jesus. What these sincere folks forget, of course, is that Jesus frequently spoke of the punishment of hell-which is ... read more »

The Power of Example

The Greek New Testament contains several terms that are rendered by the English word "example." The word deigma denotes that which is shown, hence, a specimen. Jude declares that the permanent destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah serves as an "example" of the eternal punishment of hell (Jude 7). The term hupodeigma (literally, "to show under") suggests a model, either ... read more »

Timothy McVeigh’s “Invictus”

Timothy McVeigh is dead. His ashes were secretly deposited into Earth's bowels, to return to the dust whence they came (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 12:7). His soul has entered a new domain where there is no place for arrogance, defiance, or "coping" with the environment (Lk. 16:23ff). To the very end McVeigh exhibited no public remorse. According to a news report, ... read more »

Were the Pharisees Able to Exorcise Demons?

"Were the Pharisees able to cast out demons? Matthew 12:27 seems to indicate that they could." The answer to the question is "no." The Pharisees were not able to cast out demons. Before we look at this passage in particular, several important points must be noted. The Purpose of Exorcism The purpose of supernatural spiritual gifts was to confirm the ... read more »

The Folly of Atheism

Jesus once warned: "Whosoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be in danger of the hell of fire" (Mt. 5:22). And yet elsewhere, the Lord, in addressing the scribes and Pharisees, declared: "You fools ..." (23:17). While the superficial student might see a conflict here, actually, there is none; the respective passages are addressing different matters. In the earlier context, Christ ... read more »

The Significance of Small Things

After the Hebrew people had spent seventy years in Babylonian captivity (c. 606-536 B.C.), according to the prophecy of Jeremiah (Jer. 25:11), some 50,000 of them began a migration homeward to Canaan. Their leader was Zerubbabel, a prince of Judah. Haggai and Zachariah were contemporary prophets at this time. Haggai's mission was to encourage the Israelites to rebuild the sacred ... read more »

Is Religion Going to the Dogs?

David Pharr is a respected minister and writer who lives in South Carolina.He edits an excellent monthly journal, Carolina Messenger. In the April '04 issue, David had a fascinating article based upon a recent piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.Among other things, the Journal article stated: "With pews hard to fill, a small number of otherwise-traditional clergy are ... read more »

Is God “Schizoid”?

A confused writer poses this seeming problem for the Bible student. "I am one of those people who has questions about the God of the Old Testament.For instance; the God of the Old Testament told people to stone sinners to death, while Jesus in the New Testament said not to do this thing. This is not God being the same ... read more »