The Truth About Hell

The Truth About Hell

In Isaiah 14:15 the word “grave” in the phrase “brought down to the grave” (NCV)1 is also translated as “hell” (KJV) and “Sheol” (NKJV). What is Sheol?

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Stalked

Did Adam and Eve know an enemy of God would come to tempt them?

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Gone but not Forgotten

How should we interpret the statement that when one dies he or she is "gathered to his people" (Gen. 25:8)?

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Understanding the Adversary

Second Samuel 24:1 says, “Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited [sut] David against them, saying, ‘Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.’” According to 1 Chronicles 21:1, “Satan rose up against Israel and incited [sut] David to take a census of Israel.” I will examine the use…

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How Many is Too Many?

I suppose your question is really about how God related to this practice, and what motivated the kings to have so many wives. Apart from the corrupt cravings of human passions, there were other social and political reasons for this practice. I will summarize God’s will on this issue, examine the purpose of marrying so…

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Our Creator God

This is a simple question for which there is no simple answer. You are asking for a divine reason or motivation for creating. My impression is that the Bible does not provide an explicit answer to your question. So the only thing left is for us to examine what the Bible says about God, and…

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Rituals and Ceremonies

The Hebrew phrase yad samak ‘al means “to press the hand on” sacrificial victims, and is primarily used in the cult and in some noncultic cases. We will examine both of them. The idea that the laying on of hands signifies ownership is practically irrelevant because the ritual assumes that sinners had to bring to the sanctuary…

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Spirit-filled

I will limit my comments to the use of the phrase “filled with the Holy Spirit,” which is only used in the Gospel of Luke and in Acts. The Greek verb is pimplēmi (“fill up, make full”), but we also find the adjective plērēs (“full”) associated with the Spirit. The verb is used in a literal way (Luke 5:7;…

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Romans 7:1-6

In dealing with your concern I will comment on the context of the passage, summarize my understanding of Paul’s argument, and discuss the nature of the law in this particular passage.

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Essential Salvation

Let’s carefully examine Acts 15 to understand the problem faced by the nascent Christian church, then pay close attention to the decree itself. The context of the passage is always the safest guide for interpreting it.

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