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Are We Alone in the Universe?

Mark Twain once quipped: "There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such trifling investment of fact." I was reminded of that observation after reading the May (1996) issue of Reader's Digest, under the title, "Are We Alone in the Universe?" Of course, you and I know that we are not alone-God is ... read more »

Take Two of These and Don’t Call Me in the Morning

Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.?), a Greek physician who is known as the "father of medicine," formulated an oath which was the doctor's ethical guideline for many centuries. A portion of that oath pledged: I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel. Many physicians of today's world have little regard for the moral maxims of ... read more »

Are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit “God” in Nature?

"We have an elder in our congregation who teaches that long, long ago, God the Father created both Christ and the Holy Spirit.He further teaches that neither Jesus nor the Spirit is 'God.'What can you advise concerning this matter?" As a general rule, we refrain from commenting on specific problems congregations or individuals may be having. Regardless, I must say ... read more »

A Tribute to a Nameless Widow

There is a touching narrative recorded in Mark's Gospel account that is brimming with spiritual lessons.The record reads as follows: "And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make ... read more »

Luke’s Accuracy – Some “Unfinished Business”

The story came to me this way. In the fall of 1992, Notre Dame and Boston College contested one another in football. It was a one-sided rout as Notre Dame demolished its opponent. Even in the second half, well ahead in points, the Fighting Irish kept running up the score, contrary to that unspoken rule of good sportsmanship. Sometime later, ... read more »

The Corrupt “Incorruptible” Argument Against Baptism

In a moment characterized more by "heat" than "light," one of our readers has lashed out against an article on this web site. Our article contended for the necessity of water baptism as a condition for the remission of sins (see Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21, etc.). Our critic writes: "Baptism is not necessary to salvation. According to 1 ... read more »

Why Did the Resurrected Jesus Not Appear to His Enemies?

"When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, why did he not appear to the Jewish and Roman officers, instead of simply showing himself to the disciples? Would not the former have been more convincing?" There are several factors that must be considered in responding to this inquiry. Factual Evidence That there was ample evidence, even to the non-believing Roman and ... read more »

The Influence of Home Life

To what extent does the influence of the home affect the religious convictions and practices a child develops as he/she grows into maturity? Almost none, say some modern scientists, who now are alleging that the most significant influence in the child's religious life is the "God gene." This is the notion that one's religious inclination is grounded in heredity, and ... read more »

Solomon’s Reflections on Death

In spite of some claims to the contrary, the best evidence still supports the conclusion that Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem, authored the book of Ecclesiastes (see 1:1,12).The basic proposition of this thrilling - though difficult - Old Testament narrative is the affirmation that earthly goals, pursued as ends, lead only to disappointment. A person cannot find ... read more »

What Is the Fruit of Repentance?

"When John the Baptist told the Jews that they must bring forth 'fruit' worthy of repentance, what did he mean by 'fruit' (Matthew 3:8)?" There are three things to be taken into consideration in answering this question. - Exactly what is "repentance"? - What is the significance of the expression, "worthy of"? - What is implied by the phrase, "bring ... read more »