Heaven, Hell, and the Hereafter in the Bahá’í Faith
The Abrahamic faiths' conception of heaven, hell, and the hereafter differs from that of the Eastern religions. Which of these two viewpoints is closer to the truth? And is the heaven and hell of the afterlife the same as that associated with the Second Coming of Jesus? This article explores.
Reincarnation and Life After Death
The Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism subscribe to the doctrine of reincarnation—i.e, the rebirth of souls after physical death. How compatible is that with the Abrahamic faiths' teachings on life after death and the concept of heaven and hell?
Is There a Final Religion for Mankind?
The question as to whether one religion can be so perfect as to remain the final religion for mankind, never to be superseded until the end of time, is one that is promoted by the adherents of some religious systems. The validity of such a claim is explored in this article.
Why Jesus Is God, but God Is Not Jesus
The question as to whether Jesus is God or the Son of God is one that divides Christians and other faith groups, especially Muslims. Christians hold on to that belief as a basic tenet of their faith, while others are baffled by it. The truths and myths of this matter are explored in this article.
Preventing Misconduct, Harassment, and Abuse in Churches
Pastor Marcelo Carcach provides advice for churches to prevent and handle misconduct, harassment, and abuse.
The Location of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and Why That Matters
This article builds a case for establishing the location of the forbidden tree in Genesis chapter three. The significance of its location will reveal that Adam had to turn his back on God in order to access the alternative tree.
Echoes of Eden: Genealogical Developments of the Lines of Cain and Seth
This article will follow the Messiah/anti-Messiah lines of Cain and Seth. As always, connections with both the Genesis beginning and future Messiah will be discovered and examined.
The Origin, Beliefs and Purpose of the Baha'i Faith
I had a nasty surprise the other day for “daring” to give an introduction to my religion, the Bahá’í Faith, in an interfaith WhatsApp group. Here follows a brief introduction to my faith, along the lines of what I had shared on the WhatsApp platform in audio format.
What Is the Difference Between Arminianism and Calvinism?
This article examines the differences that exist between the theologies known as Arminianism and Calvinism. It provides a side-by-side analysis of both views, using the "5 Articles of Remonstrance" and the "5 Points of Calvinism" as the basis for further inquiry.
Calvinism, Arminianism, or Molinism? Balancing God's Sovereignty and Humanity's Free Will
Pastor Marcelo Carcach discusses how God's sovereignty and humanity's free will interact with each other and are balanced.
Echoes of Eden: The Cain and Abel Exhibit
This article will examine the reinterpretation of Eden through the lens of Cain and Abel. The study will add another layer to the dimension of the story. Every facet contains a look back and a look forward as well as an application.
The Story Behind the Legendary Holy Christ of Lepanto
Firearms and blades are not the only weapons that John of Austria brought to the battle of Lepanto.
10 Amazing Messianic Old Testament Prophecies About Jesus Christ
The incarnation of Jesus Christ had been predicted centuries before the events occurred. Prophecies uttered by men of God that lived centuries apart all marvelously find their fulfillment in the prophet from Nazareth.
How Christianity Impacted Religious Culture in Japan
Japan isn't a very religious country as compared to the West. However, Christianity is still practiced by a small population. Learn how it still stands in a nation where Shintoism, Buddhism, and atheism are most popular.
Swami Sri Yukteswar: Guru of Paramahansa Yogananda
The founder of Self-Realization Fellowship introduced his guru, Sri Yukteswar, to the world in his autobiography. It was through the guru-chela relationship that the Bengali boy, Mukunda Lal Ghosh, became the world leader of Kriya Yoga, father of the yoga in the West, Paramahansa Yogananda.
8 Creepy Yokai You’d Be Horrified to Have in Your Home
Few things are as annoying as an unwanted house guest. But when it’s a Japanese Yokai, the situation gets downright insane.
What Happens in Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints?
Have you ever wondered what happens inside of temples? Why are they so important to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Why do church members want to get married inside the temple? The answers to all of these questions have more to do with sacred doctrines than secrets.
The Bible and End Times With 5 More Apocalyptic Prophecies
What does the Bible say about the return of Jesus Christ and the apocalypse? How do Hinduism and Islam view end times? What is eschatology and Millenarianism? Learn about these topics and more.
Jacob Saw More Than a Ladder
Jacob, one of the founding patriarchs of the Jewish faith, had many character flaws. Jacob, however, was chosen by God for a profound purpose. God revealed part of that purpose to Jacob in a vision of a miraculous ladder that linked heaven and earth.
5 Japanese Religious Leaders That Transformed Japan
Five Japanese religious leaders who transformed the socio-political landscape of Japan with their beliefs, practices, and spiritual devotion.
Analysis of Revelation 13: The Beasts From the Sea and Earth
An analysis and interpretation of the beasts that emerge from the sea and the earth in Revelation 13.
Revelation 12:1-6 — The Woman, the Dragon, and the Child
An analysis of the first half of John's vision about the woman, the dragon, and the child that was born: what the images mean, and whether they take place in the past or in the future.
Analysis of Revelation 8:1-13: The Seventh Seal & the Censer
An analysis of Revelation 8:1-13 from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. The seventh seal is opened, incense is offered to God, and four trumpets of seven are sounded.
15 Bible Verses on Blood: Christian Interpretations and More
This article contains 15 Bible verses on blood, the importance of the life-supporting fluid, and what some other religions say about the subject.
Mystics, Mysticism and Neurotheology: Your Brain on God
Throughout history there have been hundreds, even thousands, of mystics—men and women who have both attempted to enter into an altered state of consciousness and have claimed to have directly communicated with God or the absolute. We will explore mysticism and mystics in this article.
Balaam, the Biblical Hero That Became a Villain
Balaam is an unbeloved character in the bible. Oddly enough, he didn’t start off that way. Is Balaam a villain or does he have a bad rap? Bible accounts and recent artifacts of a non biblical version tells a complex tale of a diviner and prophet who could talk to God.
Science and Religion: The Six-Nine Illustration
Science and religion are two facets of human society that have been treated as mutually exclusive, their existence has been used as a means to explain the non-existence of one facet over the other. The history of the two though rooted in division has gradually progressed to an accepted co-existence.
Are Angels Real?
This article explores the Biblical concept of Angels. Who are they? Where do they come from? What role do angels play in both the spiritual and physical world? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, what role do angels play in God’s plan for mankind and the world at large?
Is There a Prophetic Gap or Antichrist in Daniel's 70 Weeks?
What does Daniel 9 really say regarding a prophetic gap or an antichrist? A study of Daniel 9:24-27.
The Earliest Evidence for Traditions on the Bodily Assumption of Mary
A look at the patristic and manuscript evidence for the development of Marian dormition traditions, specifically those relaying the doctrine of the Virgin Mary's bodily assumption.
How Critical Thinking Solves the Problem of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation
This article will examine how postmodernism has influenced American culture and will analyze how the secular discipline of critical thinking grounds the Christian’s worldview in a correct understanding of Scripture.
Was the Virgin Mary the New Eve?
Since as early as the second century, many have likened Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the "New Eve." In this article we consider whether this is a proper comparison, since many of the traditions and dogmas arising around the Virgin Mary owe their existence to this teaching.
What Did Irenaeus Believe About Apostolic Tradition?
Does Irenaeus' "Against Heresies" demonstrate he believed Apostolic Tradition was necessary to properly understand and teach the Scriptures?