The following articles are related to the topic of INSPIRATION

Paul’s Experience on the Damascus Road

"I enjoy getting your articles very much. I agree with the fact that we hear from God through his word, but I do not believe that is the only way he speaks to us.If God only speaks to us through his written word, how do you explain the account of Paul's experience [on the road to Damascus]?" When we discuss ... read more »

Testing the Spirits

The power of the public speaker is enormous. Who can forget the swelling pride of the British during their darkest hour as they were led to the battle with the words of Churchill? Or the tremendous impact of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg? Even those who are not great orators wield significant influence over their listening audience. The bumbling Marshal Applewhite ... read more »

What Is Sola Scriptura?

There are at least three serious errors-advocated by the prevailing authorities of the Roman Catholic Church-that pertain to the nature of the Scriptures. First, it is contended that the sixty-six books of our common Bibles do not contain the whole of the collection of divine writings. Hence, Catholic Bibles are appended with several extra books known as the Apocrypha. However, ... read more »

The Silence of the Scriptures: Permissive or Prohibitive?

One of the controversies that has raged in the world of "Christendom" for centuries is the matter of whether or not the "silence" of the Scriptures must be respected or ignored. Some allege that whatever is not expressly forbidden is allowed in religious practice; others contend that anything not authorized is not permitted. The dispute surfaced early in the post-apostolic ... read more »

The Book of Psalms—A Study

There is no portion of the Bible that is as frequently read as the book of Psalms. It provides instruction, inspiration, motivation, and consolation. In this article we will present some background information regarding the Psalms which hopefully will help the Bible student as he considers the grand truths of this Old Testament document. Facts about the Psalms The book ... read more »

Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Does Isaiah 7:14 contain a prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ? Some suggest that Isaiah's statement refers to a 'young woman' (not necessarily a 'virgin') of his day, who would conceive and give birth to a child, and that this event would be a sign to Hezekiah. It is then further said that Matthew took that text and ... read more »

From God’s Mind to Man—The Bible

In the long-ago biblical ages, there were occasions when God spoke personally to men (Gen. 3:9; 12:1ff; cf. Heb. 1:1). That method of communication is not operative today. Eventually, the Lord had his will committed to written documents (collectively known a the Bible). These literary narratives can be investigated and verified, thus establishing their claims of divine origin. There is ... read more »

Can a Christian Ever Be Lost?

A prominent Baptist preacher, Dr. Charles Stanley of Atlanta, Georgia, alleges that a child of God can never so sin as to be lost. In his book advocating this theory, Stanley writes: "As a believer, you will never be judged for your sins" (Eternal Security - Can You Be Sure?, Nashville: Oliver Nelson, 1990, p. 39). The proof-text he cites ... read more »

What About the Sins of Bible Heroes?

Would you comment concerning the deceit and lying that occurred on the part of certain Old Testament figures, such as Abraham, Isaac, and others? I have trouble with this every time I read Genesis. Certainly. Your question is very thoughtful. The following points, I believe, will help put this issue in focus: (1) The Bible does not attempt to conceal ... read more »

Mark 7:19 – Unclean Meats

Students of the Old Testament are aware of the fact that certain types of meat were considered "unclean" under the Mosaic economy. According to the regulations set forth in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, the Hebrews could eat: 1. animals that were cloven hoofed and chewed the cud (e.g., cattle, sheep); 2. fish with fins and scales; 3. fowl that ... read more »