The following articles are related to the topic of PUNISHMENT

Can You Feel the Love?

Have you been criticized? Congratulations! Maybe you have some convictions? Jesus advised, "Woe unto you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26). Should we be superficial? No. Hypocritical? Never. Have convictions? Absolutely. Hyperbolic? Sometimes. The Lord was, and so was Paul. Nothing is more crucial than living with doctrinal ... read more »

Have You Considered The Consequences Of Sin?

The theme of "sin" dominates the Bible. There are at least eight different terms in the Hebrew Old Testament reflecting some aspect of sin, e.g., "bad," "wickedness," "iniquity," etc. Some thirteen different words in the New Testament similarly depict various shades of sin, e.g., "evil," "unrighteousness," "transgression," etc. (cf. Pfeiffer, 2003, 1594-95). Sin has left a deadly legacy upon our ... read more »

Can I Still Be Saved If I’ve Sinned Deliberately?

What does Hebrews 10:26 mean when it says that there is no sacrifice for sins if we deliberately sin? Does this mean I cannot be saved if I deliberately sin after becoming a Christian? The following passage has struck terror into the heart of many a poor soul: For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of ... read more »

The Growing Interest in Angels

In recent times there has been a revival of interest in angels. This interest has been accelerated by certain movies and television programs. There was the old television program, "Highway to Heaven." Later came the movie "Michael," and then the popular TV series, "Touched by an Angel." Many believe that angels are appearing all around us, virtually every day. Others ... 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 »

How Is a Civil Ruler a “Minister of God”?

"Could you comment on Paul's teaching in Romans 13:4-5? How is the civil ruler a 'minister of God'? What is the meaning of 'he bears not the sword in vain'?" The general context of Romans 13:1-7 has to do with the Christian's responsibility to the government under which he lives. And this embraces any government - ancient or modern. The ... read more »

What About Daniel’s Prophecy of the General Resurrection?

"Is Daniel's prophecy, in chapter 12, verse 2, a symbolic reference to Israel's deliverance from Babylonian captivity, as some claim, or does it refer to the general resurrection of the dead at the end of time?" Some five centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet Daniel, from captivity in Babylon, uttered a remarkable prophecy that has echoed reverberations ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of Matthew 10:23?

"Would you please explain Matthew 10:23?'When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.'" There are a number of ways by which the meaning of a passage might be determined.One should look at the grammatical forms employed, remembering ... read more »

Why Do Natural Disasters Happen?

On December 26, 2004, a violent earthquake in the Indian Ocean off of the western coast of northern Sumatra (of the magnitude of 9 on a scale of 12), initiated several tsunamis (tidal waves) that have taken more than 200,000 lives. It was the deadliest natural disaster in the past quarter of a century. But as horrible as it was, ... read more »

The Study of Biblical Words

A study of Bible words can, and should, be approached from several angles. In this article, we will consider the following three important concepts: - word etymology - grammatical form - context Etymology Etymology is that branch of "word science" that has to do with the origin and development of words. The investigation of a word's root form can be ... read more »