Firearms and blades are not the only weapons that John of Austria brought to the battle of Lepanto.
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.
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.
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.
Few things are as annoying as an unwanted house guest. But when it’s a Japanese Yokai, the situation gets downright insane.
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.
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, 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.
Five Japanese religious leaders who transformed the socio-political landscape of Japan with their beliefs, practices, and spiritual devotion.
An analysis and interpretation of the beasts that emerge from the sea and the earth in Revelation 13.
The dragon in Revelation 12 is cast down from Heaven to Earth by Michael and his angels. Who is Michael? What is his role? And when do these things take place?
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.
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.
This article contains 15 Bible verses on blood, the importance of the life-supporting fluid, and what some other religions say about the subject.
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 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 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.
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?
What does Daniel 9 really say regarding a prophetic gap or an antichrist? A study of Daniel 9:24-27.
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.
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.
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.
Does Irenaeus' "Against Heresies" demonstrate he believed Apostolic Tradition was necessary to properly understand and teach the Scriptures?
Religions today are locked in a battle between individuals and institutions. How can history help us understand this battle, and how can we navigate it in the present?
Interpreting the meaning of a Biblical passage is like uncovering the mystery in a 'whodunit.' The process of understanding can entail triangulating different passages, tracking down clues, interviewing different "witnesses."
You may know that the Bible was not originally written in English, but, is it even worth trying to decipher the old Hebrew translation? If so, where can you start? This article provides a step-by-step guide providing introductory-level information on how to read the Bible in English and Hebrew.
In this article, I argue that the Four Gospels are reliable historical accounts for Yeshua's death, burial, and resurrection and I also gives some historical facts that are compatible with the notion that Yeshua (also known as Jesus) rose again.
Tracing the history of Arabic language Apocrypha from the second century to the seventh, addressing Quranic parallels in three apocryphal infancy gospels - the Protevangelium of James, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, and Pseudo-Matthew
The prophet Amos came from humble beginnings, but his wisdom is timeless. Amos made clear in his writings that he did not come from a family of prophets, nor did he even consider himself one. This article analyses key lessons for our times from Amos and what me may learn from them.