The following articles are related to the topic of HOPE

Who Are the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14?

"Who are the 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 7 and 14?" The book of Revelation is a highly symbolic treatise (cf. 1:1). Because of this fact, many false religionists have attempted to exploit the message of the narrative to their own theological ends. The Apocalypse has become a happy hunting ground for some religious cultists who ... read more »

Nero Caesar and the Christian Faith

One of the most despicable manifestations of human flesh ever to disgrace this planet was Nero Claudius Caesar. Born in A.D. 37, Nero was educated at the feet of the philosopher Seneca (whom he eventually forced to commit suicide). Nero murdered his way to the imperial throne, which he occupied from A.D. 54-68. His life was characterized by debauchery, violence ... read more »

Is “Re-Baptism” Scriptural?

Is there ever a justification for being "re-baptized"? I have questioned my baptism. I was very young and really did not comprehend the seriousness of what I was doing. I have considered being baptized again, but some say that it would not be right to be baptized a second time. Your question is a very legitimate one. There are some ... read more »

The Fear of Death

Noted skeptic Robert Owen visited with Alexander Campbell on the latter's farm prior to their famous debate in 1829. As they walked about the estate one day, they came to the family cemetery. Owen paused and remarked: "There is one advantage I have over the Christian - I am not afraid to die." Campbell then asked: "Have you any hope ... read more »

Has the Messiah of the Old Testament Come?

Harold Kushner is "Rabbi" Laureate of Temple Israel in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. In a previous article, we addressed Mr. Kushner's claim that: "Today, few people still look for a person, called the Messiah." (See: Harold Kushner's Messiah ) The well-known celebrity went on to suggest that in a by-gone era, when people were being oppressed by unjust rulers, ... read more »

All Good People Go to Heaven — No Matter What?

My interest was piqued when one of the Pennsylvania coal miners related a conversation between himself and another trapped miner during an emotional interview that aired last Tuesday night with Stone Phillips of Dateline NBC. This young miner said that he asked an older veteran during the ordeal, "Will I go to heaven. . . cause I know the Bible ... read more »

A Highly Recommended New Book

Occasionally we are introduced to a new book that we find so particularly compelling that we wish to share it with our readers. One such volume recently has come to our attention. Edited by John Ashton and Michael Westacott, the book is titled, The Big Argument: Does God Exist? (Master Books, First Printing 2006). Actually the volume is an anthology ... read more »

The Intercession of the Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmity: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God ... read more »

The Terror of Death: Causes and Cures

Death has been depicted as the "king of terrors." Such was the descriptive of Bildad, one of Job's erstwhile friends (Job 18:14). His sentiment has been shared by countless others. The psalmist once lamented: "My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror has ... read more »

The Law of Moses: Some Metaphors Considered

The law of Moses was given by Jehovah to the Israelite nation some fifteen centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 5:1-5). It was never designed to be a permanent legal system. Accordingly, it was abrogated as a binding law almost two millennia ago. And yet, tragically, many people are still attempting to observe its precepts today, to one ... read more »