The following articles are related to the topic of HOPE

The Challenge of “Agape” Love

The New Testament was written in Koine Greek. The word Koine denotes "common," because this style of Greek was the language of the common man-on-the-street during the time of Christ. Koine Greek came into vogue about 300 years before the birth of Jesus, and it became an obsolete language about three centuries after the Lord's death. It was the most ... read more »

Life and Death Ethical Issues

Solomon once observed that there is "a time to be born, and a time to die" (Eccl. 3:2). Dying, which ultimately is the price tag attached to human rebellion (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12), is man's final earthly experience. It shuts the door to this-world activity (Eccl. 9:6; Heb. 9:27)-the views of many fanciful speculators to the contrary notwithstanding-and opens vistas ... read more »

The Gospel in Miniature — In the Book of Revelation

The book of Revelation is a mysterious yet wonderful document. It is mysterious because its message is largely couched in the language of symbolism; it is wonderful because of the hope it presents. Revelation contains word pictures of horses, beasts, horns, bowls which pour forth wrath, bloody battle scenes, etc. The very first verse asserts that it is "the revelation ... read more »

Will There Be Personal Recognition in Heaven?

Does individual personality survive the death of the body? Does recognition of friends and loved ones exist beyond this present life? The question is of more than passing emotional interest; it involves the very essence of the human spirit. The biblical evidence firmly supports the position of personal identity after death. Contrary to the misguided theories of philosophical and religious ... read more »

I Was Sentenced to Death in the Electric Chair – A True Story

There are two motivating factors in a person's life. One brings him to God; another is love for God. Fear brings a man to realize the consequences of his sin and turns him to God, and love for God will cause one to grow in God's favor. He loves God when he sees the love that was manifested in the ... read more »

Y2K and Millennial Mania

When I first heard the expression, "Y2K," I had no idea to what that referred. Someone kindly instructed me: "Year two thousand." I then inquired as to what the excitement concerning Y2K is all about. I was informed it is twofold: - Those who designed our computers in earlier decades did not factor in the calendar change for the coming ... read more »

False Ideas Regarding Death

Each day of our existence we are reminded of the grim reality of death. It haunts us. We know so little about it. In fact, we know almost nothing regarding this ultimate physical experience, except for what is revealed in the Bible. But the biblical information is limited, and so false notions about death permeate society's thinking. The following discussion ... read more »

A Survey of the Major Prophets

There is a collection of five Old Testament books that are commonly designated as the "Major Prophets." This appellation is not intended to suggest a superior character; rather, these documents are major in size, compared to the twelve books of the "Minor Prophets." The Major Prophets represent the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Isaiah The book of ... read more »

Ernest Renan’s Assessment of Jesus Christ

If Christ emphatically asserted that he was the Son of God, when in fact he was not, then he lied. Not only would he have been a liar, he would have been a scoundrel of the worst magnitude. Joseph Ernest Renan (1823-92) was a philosopher, theologian, and orientalist. He was educated at an ecclesiastical college in Treguier, Brittany. Young Renan ... read more »

The Pentateuch: The Cornerstone of Scripture

The word "Pentateuch" is derived from the Greek pentateuchos, which means "five books" or a "five-volume scroll." This was applied to the first five books of the Old Testament, commonly referred to in Hebrew as the Humash ("the five fifths"), or the Torah ("the law"). In both Testaments, the first five books of the Bible are considered a unit. In ... read more »