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  • Hell (Lake of Fire): Eternal Torment or Everlasting Destruction?

    Traditionally, the most prominent view on eternal damnation is that people cast into hell—the lake of fire—will suffer fiery conscious torment forever and ever. Depicting the horrors of this belief was a favorite subject with artists in medieval times, resulting in all manner of ghastly portraits of people suffering unending agony. Some have since tried […]

  • Sheol / Hades: The “Intermediate State” of the Unsaved Dead

    The Great White Throne Judgment is when God will resurrect every un-regenerated soul from Hades (HAY-deez) to be judged as shown in this passage: The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he […]

  • The Believer’s “Intermediate State” (between Physical Death and Bodily resurrection)

    What does the spiritually-regenerated believer experience after physical decease and before bodily resurrection? In this article we will examine the Scriptures concerning the believer’s “intermediate state” between physical death and bodily resurrection. Here are the two views: The commonly understood position is that the disembodied souls of believers go straight to heaven when they die, […]

  • Faith — What Is It? Why Is It Important? How Does It Grow?

    There are six basic doctrines in Christianity and Faith in God is the second basic one, which indicates that it’s a foundational element of Christianity. Why? Here’s why: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly […]

  • Spirit of the World — What is It?

    What is the “spirit of this world” noted in 1 Corinthians  2:12? Let’s read the verse: What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians  2:12 A relevant passage that comes to mind […]

  • Legalism — Understanding its Many Forms

    Most Christians think legalism is doing a good work in order to be saved, but it’s really much more than this. Legalism is a colossal beast that has been a threat to legitimate Christianity since day one. Legalism is rule-ism or law-ism and, as such, is the obsession with religious rules or laws above relationship with God. It focuses on outward appearances at the expense of inward reality. In short, it’s dead religiosity or fake Christianity.

  • Christianity — Does it Weaken People or Empower?

    I was talking to a man a couple years ago who argued that Christianity weakens people and instills fear. He likened God and the devil to forest monsters in fairy tales that Christian leaders use to control and limit people through fear. While such a view may reflect some religious groups who propose to be […]

  • Suicide – Can Someone who Commits Suicide still have Eternal Life?

    The question we want to address is this: Can a person go to heaven or have eternal life if they commit suicide? It depends on if the person is in Christ or not; that is, if he or she is saved. Those who are in covenant with the LORD via the gospel have been born of the […]

  • Death — Does it Mean “Separation” as Religionists Claim? (No)

    There are doctrinal “sacred cows” in Christendom that aren’t actually biblical. One of these is the curious theory that death doesn’t really mean death, but rather “separation.” Consider Paul’s unmistakable statement in this passage: For the wages of sin is death (thanatos), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 […]

  • Created in the Image of God — What Does it Mean?

    The Bible says that human beings are “created in the likeness of God” or “created in God’s image.” What exactly does it mean to be created in the LORD’s likeness or image? While people are the only physical beings created in God’s image, is it possible that angels — decidedly spiritual beings — were also created […]


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