The following articles are related to the topic of PARABLE

Who Is Lucifer?

"I have heard the devil referred to as 'Lucifer.' What does this mean and where did this idea come from?" In the King James Version of the Bible, Isaiah 14:12 reads: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" The term "Lucifer" was ... read more »

Does God Condone Lying?

"A story found in 1 Kings 22 seems to indicate that God condoned lying. Yet Titus 1:2 speaks of God, who 'cannot lie.' Does God approve of lying on certain occasions?" There is perhaps no narrative in the Old Testament that is the focus of more infidel criticism than 1 Kings 22. In that account, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and ... read more »

LaGard Smith’s New Book: ‘After Life’

LaGard Smith believes there must be a "radical" correction in the teaching of most Christians today (see Radical Restoration, Cotswold, 2001).His ongoing quest to achieve that goal is pursued in his latest book, After Life. Therein he challenges what he calls the "orthodox understandings" pertaining to death and eternity. While this book does address certain sectarian views, e.g., Watchtowerism, Mormonism, ... read more »

Is the Bible Obsolete?

"How can the Bible be accepted as universal when certain aspects of it are obsolete by reason of the ancient cultures out of which it arose? In view of its historical setting, how can it be practical? How can it function as a guide for man today?" In considering this question there are several factors that must be taken into ... read more »

Jesus’ Sayings on Sin

When Joseph learned that his betrothed was pregnant, he was minded to put her away. But an angel of the Lord revealed to Joseph that Mary's conception was miraculous and that the virgin would bring forth a son (Matthew 1:23). He was instructed to name the child Jesus, "For it is he that shall save his people from their sins" ... read more »

A Brief Study of the Word “Kingdom”

The word "kingdom" is a prominent feature of the New Testament. The Greek term is basileia, found 162 times in the New Testament. As with most words, kingdom can be used in a variety of senses, depending upon the context. Let me provide a common example. If someone says: "I am proud of my bridge," is he speaking of the ... read more »

Who Was the Good Samaritan?

One of Christ's most popular forms of instruction was the "parable" - a true-to-life story designed to illustrate important spiritual concepts. Perhaps the two most recognizable of these twenty-nine deposits of New Testament instruction are the parables of the Prodigal Son, and the Good Samaritan. In this piece, we will reflect upon the Samaritan narrative (Lk. 10:25-37). The Interrogating Lawyer ... read more »

Are the Dead “Asleep”?

"Why do some teach that the "soul" is conscious after death, when the Bible plainly teaches that the dead are 'asleep'?" There are two significant words in the Greek New Testament for the English term "sleep." Each of these is used both literally and figuratively, that is, for natural sleep, and also as a symbol for death. The term katheudo ... read more »

Enemies of Christ

In his epistle to the Philippians, the apostle Paul warned: "For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). The term "enemy" translates the Greek word echthros. It is a form kindred to echthos, "hate," hence denotes one whose disposition is hateful, hostile, ... read more »

Islam and the Deity of Jesus Christ

A Moslem recently made the following comment. "There are no Jewish writings that prophesied the appearing of 'God' on earth in the form of a man."He said this in a denial of the Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth possessed the nature of "God" in the flesh.He further asserted that Christ never even claimed that he was the "Son of ... read more »