The book of Proverbs will lend us some insight into the tree of life, with its four mentions. We will take a look at how this thread weaves throughout the tapestry of the Scriptures.
This article discusses the differences between meat being kosher by designation of the animal and slaughter along with additional ethical precepts such as treating an animal to prevent suffering.
People interpret the Bible in many ways. Despite the differing perspectives, there remains a single truth behind them.
Valentines Day is a contentious issue with Muslims, although Islam itself is very clear on the matter - celebration of Feb the 14th is forbidden. Here we the primary outline reasons why...
The Bible covers every aspect of any given subject. In order to rightly-divide, a subject must be completely examined. In this article, we will look at the subject of "bread," within the scriptures.
Not all religions believe in the ritual of baptism (cleansing, washing). Those who do have their own take on its necessity. Some view it as sacramental, others as symbolic, and others as both.
Physicist Steven Weinberg, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, and primatologist Jane Goodall hold different views about the place for a Deity in an age of science.
Classroom quotes from the Book of Proverbs are listed under the following headings: Obedience, Good Education, Good vs Bad Habits, Good Conduct, and Good Friendships. Perfect for daily use.
Imagine a dog that never ate, drank, or aged, and who would mysteriously appear at critical moments of danger. Was St. John Bosco’s dog Grigio an angel clothed in a furry disguise?
At the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Word of God became suddenly accessible to people in all walks of life. This was essential for "the priesthood of all believers" to transform culture.
Hungarian-born linguist and philosopher, Prof. Szekely inspired many with biogenic living and the Essene Gospel of Peace.
The final four requested items on God's list, as it concerned the Tabernacle as recorded in Exodus 25, will be visited in this article along with its connection with salvation through Jesus Christ..
Discusses how Christianity is similar to Greek religions, and the possibility that parts of Christianity may have evolved from Greek religions.
Despite the fact that there have been thousands of diverse belief systems throughout the history of mankind, there are common themes throughout many religions. Why is this the case?
History shows that the clear intent of the founding fathers of the United States was to allow individuals to have freedom of religion while the government remained secular.
This article aims to outline and summarise the views of both Freud and Jung and highlight the differences in their views in a tabulated format at the end of the article.
Some saints traveled to Heaven by way of an illumined path. Others, no less holy, journeyed in darkness. These saints teach us how to bear with doubts.
A discussion of the pros and cons of including the Apocrypha in the Bible. I also explain three stories from these books and why they're relevant for today.
Is the celebration of Christmas supported by the Bible? This article attempts to answer this question with a set of thoughtful and mind-provoking points pertaining to Christmas and its traditions.
The father of American literature, of course, would have an opinion on the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ since it claims a uniquely American origin. Who better to take to task the "Mormon Bible?"
Part three will examine the function of male and female as it concerns God's image and how they were designed to express the relational aspects of God.
Every person has a guardian angel. Only the rarest of souls have seen them. Padre Pio saw and spoke regularly with the guardian angels of his spiritual children.
There have been many translations of the spiritual poem, the Bhagavad Gita, but Paramahansa Yogananda offers a thorough explication, revealing the details of its exact meaning.
Angels have been seen and documented by humans since the dawn of civilization. Angels, or angelic type forms exist in almost every religion and culture creating a link to the divine.
Christian Universalism: Upon close examination, the scriptures do not seem to teach that hell lasts forever.
An overview of the manuscripts of the New Testament, their history, and the state of the text in modern research.
Ramadan this year began on May 15th (2018). It is the holiest month in the Islamic year (1439). This hub is a guide to Ramadan for non-Muslims, especially those living in the Gulf States.
Another New Testament connection to a seemingly random Old Testament verse once again sheds light on the teachings of Jesus.
There is nothing in Scripture that is without significance. The colors and fabric examined in this lesson will form a tapestry of meaning as it concerns the Gospel.
A overview of the Logos in Greek and Jewish though as it pertains to the prologue to The Gospel of John
Written from a Christian perspective, this article proposes that the Tanach (also the Mikra, Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament) promised a Messiah that was human and divine.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record...
Marx is known to have universally condemned religion as the opium of the people. His most famous statement on religion comes as a critique of Hegel’s philosophy of law. According to Marx, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the...
An overview of Roman policies toward the early Christian church from the first century to the reign of Constantine.
A thorough study of the manuscripts, texts, and early Christian citations of the most famous “Gnostic Gospel”
Sister Nazarena was an American Camaldolese nun, who lived like an Egyptian hermit in a Roman convent for forty-five years.
The Anglican Church also has the seven sacraments. Here are how we perceive these sacraments in a nutshell.
Burn in hell, ye wicked soul! The Chinese Ten Courts of Hell have the perfect punishment for you to suffer horribly in!
Why Do People Convert to Religion? - There are at least eight types of religious conversion. Each uniformly depends on the psychology of the individual.
An overview of five different interpretations of Matthew 16:18-19 from the early Church writers: Origen, Tertullian, Cyprian, Augustine, and Chrysostom.
Genesis 6 very briefly refers to the Nephilim, yet does not talk about them again by name. Who are they? Are they really half angels? How big were they?
What is the true meaning behind Jesus washing His disciples' feet at the last supper? Maybe it was deeper than we have been commonly taught.
There at least 25 large churches in America. Find out about them and discover how they got that way.
While many people, even Christians, try to equate the non-Christian idea of Karma with the biblical teaching regarding reaping and sowing it immediately becomes clear that they are not compatible in the least if compared side by side.
The article explores the meaning of Isaiah 53 and how it relates to Jesus of Nazareth, who is called The Christ (The Messiah).
The life of the early church cannot be understood without understanding its persecution, most notably at the hands of the Romans. But why did the Romans so desire to rid the world of Christianity?
This is a tutorial on the Bible study method known as block diagramming. This approach has also been called text flow diagramming, semantic diagramming, and phrasing.
The Old Testament Tabernacle Menorah perfectly illustrates the Word of God in its material, design, and numbers.
There are several pieces of articles every Christian must put on every day, according to Ephesians 6:10-20.
This is a study on the first three letters of the Hebrew Aleph-bet in their ancient pictograph forms. Each representative image will reveal a facet of God's goodness and character.
In the book of Revelation when John mentions the commandments of God, is he talking about those who adhere to the Ten Commandments?
Guru Teg Bahadur sahib, the ninth Guru of the Sikhs sacrificed his life to save the people of another faith. He was thus called Hind Ki Chadar. Read on to know about the story of his martyrdom...
Most people pray and pray for the same thing. Sometimes nothing happens until the person gives up. It is called "Relinquishment." The prayer is answered only after the person completely lets go.
A discussion of the "Do unto others" Bible verse. Matthew 7:12: "In everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." The Golden Rule Bible verse. Love your neighbor as yourself bible verse.
Bl. Solanus Casey was an American Capuchin priest. His seven-star virtues cause him to shine in the firmament.
The most articulate atheists making the most effective arguments against religious belief, while refuting popular apologists and common arguments for the existence of God. Enjoy!
Many religions are based on the notion that there is a creator of life and the universe. This article is not meant to argue with beliefs, but to suggest something else to think about.
God's glory is heavy, as expressed biologically through the human liver and gold. Discover how the glory of God, the liver and gold are related in this article.
Learn about Persephone, queen of the underworld, and the many mythological stories in which she plays a leading or supporting role.
This article discusses the unique nature of Jewish leadership and the way it was embodied in Joshua. Separation of powers as it applies to Jewish leadership with Joshua and now is also considered.
The purpose of this article will uncover the origins of the tithe, how it originated, why it started and the reason for why the tithe was eliminated through the finished work of Christ.
An overview of what is known about Clement of Rome "The First Apostolic Father" and the epistle ascribed to his hand known as Clement's First Epistle to the Corinthians.
The Olympian gods, the twelve gods of Mount Olympus, are today the most famous gods of the Ancient Greek pantheon, and are central to many of the mythological stories that survive.
The author discusses whether Romans 9 teaches the Calvinist doctrine of unconditional election through Jacob's election.
The prophet Nahum prophesied about Nineveh and the last day. Learn about the fulfillment of his and Nineveh's prophesies and what he predicted about our time.
An examination of religion in modern Japan, including sociological analysis of ideological conflicts, a short history of Japanese religion and modernization, and speculation on future societal changes
Why are we interested in the views that ten scientists had about God? The answer is that, unintentionally or not, these scientists had a greater impact on theology than most theologians.
Why are there so many similarities in the life story and teachings of Jesus Christ and Buddha? Were the authors of The Holy Bible influenced by Eastern traditions?
The Bible contains the Book of Psalms and the Book of Proverbs. Do you know how they are alike and how they are different? Read this article to find out.
Fertility symbols and fertility rituals are present in many cultures and faiths. Hinduism makes extensive use of fertility symbols and fertility rituals in religious practices.
The wilderness tabernacle reveals to us a larger spiritual temple concept that has been the blueprint of worship from eternity. In this article, we'll explore some of these details that support this.
In this article we are going to cover the basics (and I do mean basics) of grammar. Don't let grammar scare you. These are just basics we need to study the bible.
A look at how the ten plagues that were pronounced upon Egypt by the Lord, through Moses his prophet, correspond with the ten popular Egyptian Gods of the time.
What is atheism? How is atheism different from agnosticism? Is atheism a religion? This essay aims to provide an understanding of the various aspects of atheism and agnosticism.
Explore the doctrine of the Trinity with illustrations to help you understand it, explanations and biblical references for the doctrine, questions for group discussions, and videos for enrichment.
Eternal security, or the doctrine of perseverance, is defined as the inability for a Christian to lose their salvation.
God intended marriage to be a union filled with His holy love. Unfortunately for Jacob, his was anything but.
Scylla and Charybdis were two of the monsters that existed in the stories of Greek mythology. Encountered by Odysseus, the pair would give rise to a saying, "between a rock and a hard place".
Little girls are made of "sugar and spice" proposed Robert Southey. What are women made of? The Song of Songs lists a variety of spices as the symbols of a good woman. What do these symbols mean?
Ever wonder what physical materials were used to write the texts of the Bible, or when writing and such materials were invented and if they correspond with biblical claims? This article adresses those questions and provides insightful information for any student of the Bible and its physical construction.
The Psalms are the most read of all the books of the Bible. These songs and poems are rooted in Jewish history, but are relevant in our lives today. They speak both individually and communally in times of sadness and joy, giving us words of wisdom, trust, forgiveness, praise and thanksgiving to God.
Apologetics is the defense of the Christian worldview. These eleven women show that the modern practice of Christian apologetics would not be the same without contributions from women of faith.
It is no doubt that the Bible should be the main source for sermons. However, the Bible should not be the only source a preacher uses if he or she intends to connect to listeners.
There is no evidence that Jesus actually existed as an historical person. Some Biblical scholars have concluded that Jesus is totally mythological—a melding of Jewish, Hellenistic and pagan religion.
Religious imagery is a key component of almost all world religions. From crosses to the Star of David, here are brief descriptions of popular religious symbols.
Evolutionary and cognitive psychology reveal a number of reasons why morality is co-opted by religion.
The ancient Greek account of the beginning of the world was complex and bloody. Generations of gods and giants struggled for supremacy before the final triumph of Zeus.
The Marthoma Church is almost 2000 years old making it one of the oldest churches in India. The church has unique beliefs and symbols that have been influenced by Protestants, Catholics, and Hinduism.
For decades scientists have felt that it was highly improbable that universe should exist. New evidence shows it’s existence is impossible. Will the "God of the gaps" be the answer?
Scores of people have made a claim that they are the second coming of Jesus Christ; none have been taken seriously except by a small coterie of followers.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas wants people to know about "a place called heaven."
This article presents a concise history of the intertestamental period between the last prophets and chroniclers of Israel (5th cent B.C.) and the days of Jesus’ ministry (1st cent A.D.)
October is when many Christians celebrate St. Frances, the patron saint of animals. Many churches this month will set aside a special day to bless people's pets. Can animals be spiritual?
There is no simple answer to the question of whether Hinduism is monotheistic, polytheistic, pantheistic, or something else entirely. The term “Hinduism” embraces a wide array of philosophies and practices, and while certain Hindus may think and...
St. Teresa of Avila offers the best advice on prayer and awakens the desire to pray. This article considers some of her best counsels on prayer.
In Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus, and was one of the most powerful deities of Mount Olympus. Many of the stories of Hera saw her dealing with the lovers of her husband.
A comparison of Quranic and New Testament textual development and transmission in their first few decades.
There are exceptional women everywhere whose names remain unfamiliar, even unknown. The following four Bible mothers are among them but each displays unique significant strengths of character.
The book of Esther stands as unique among not only the historical books, but among the entire Old Testament as well.
The origin of religion has been a primary concern of the following sciences: comparative philology, sociology, and psychology.
There are few couples in the history of America who have had as beautiful and influential a marriage as that of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. He is still renowned as one of the foremost theologians and preachers of his day, and widely respected as a...
The Sumerian Flood Story - The Epics of Atrahasis and Gilgamesh were written over a thousand years before the Biblical account of Noah's Ark.
A brief but thorough study of the Nomina Sacra; their characteristics, origins, the words they denote, and their implications.
There are a lot of claims made about the resemblances between Christianity and earlier myths and religions. Some of those claims are true and some aren’t.
Genesis makes it clear that Adam was not the first human in existence and that the flood was not global. Correcting these misconceptions takes pre-flood Genesis out of the realm of mythology and grounds it in known history.
Augustine of Hippo was one of the great thinkers of western civilization. In this article, I provide an overview of Augustine's philosophy of history.
Looking for an easy way to study the bible? Look no farther. Whether studying with a group or alone, this manuscript study will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding of the bible.
This article contains information on how principal teachings influence Christianity and Islam in contributing to the achievement of world peace.
As our prayer life deepens, we experience a richer relationship with God. We grow stronger in our Christian walk and witness, and we ask and receive answers to prayers.
"Star of the Sea" has long been a popular interpretation of the name Mary. How did this understanding develop and what is the spiritual significance?
Metis was one of the deities of the Ancient Greek pantheon. A second generation Titan, Metis would become famous as the first wife of Zeus; a prophecy though would prove to be her downfall.
Though Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are considered very different religions today, they have common origins and their holy books contain vast similarities.
What do the sources and manuscript data tell us about how the early church viewed the famous "fifth gospel?"
There was a time when Christmas and Easter were banned in England and in Boston, under the power of the Puritan leaders who rejected the holidays as an excuse to indulge in sinful behavior.
The seventh stone in Aaron's Breastplate, often called the Ligure, and sometimes referred to as the Sapphire or Lapis Lazuli, is an interesting stone.
Buddha’s 'Eightfold Path” is still relevant today. This ancient guide to living can bring you happiness, success, and personal fulfillment.
God reveals Himself by many names throughout the scriptures that express a quality of His character that is vital for us to know. One in particular stands out to me lately in reference to the miracle of the five loaves and two fish as told in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-16, and John 6:5-14) - signifying a lesson that applies to every sphere of our life. El Shaddai the "All Sufficient One" is the name that reminds me of the Lord at this event.
St. Maximilian Kolbe's heroic life culminated in Auschwitz, as he gave his life to save another man from death.
The scripture does not support the argument that the church is the "Bride of Christ." What the scripture says, and why it's important.
This lesson covers the materials used to cover the Tabernacle. Two of them were textiles one from a plant and one from an animal, and two of them were animal skins all significant details of salvation
A brief look at a book that describes the stages of grief the author went through in the time just after his son's death.
It's popular for some people to ask "What would Jesus do or say" when confronted with some situation. Let's take a look at what Jesus has been said to have said or done in various situations.
The book of John informs us that the "Word"-"Jesus" was in the beginning of creation. A frequently repeated, untranslated Hebrew word in the Old Testament reveals this very truth.
This is part five of a series about the wilderness tabernacle and the spiritual application that accompanies it. This lesson in particular discusses the metals
They've been called a "fringe" religion, even a cult. But are they? Find out what SDA’s really believe and how they differ from mainstream Protestants.
St. Josephine Bakhita’s journey towards the light offers a wonderful example of good triumphing over bad experiences.
Have you ever seen people in church minister in dance with flags and banners? This type of worship does have a biblical foundation. ~Arletia Mayfield, The Prophetic Scribe ~
Zephaniah is a biblical prophet who prophesied to the Kingdom of Judah concerning the destruction of Jerusalem. His prophecies are still applicable today.
A detailed synopsis of the meaning and makings of the 3 synoptic gospels. This article is also a continuation to my previous hub "Comparing the Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John".
The Bible covers many subjects. In this article, we will look at the subject of wine in the scriptures.
A modern day interpretation of the Good Samaritan Parable. A pastor, a church lady and a biker. One lived out the principles of Jesus best. Which one was it?
Both the Old and New Testaments are chock full of unusual customs that are foreign to us today. Most will make you glad they are no longer practiced in modern times.
This article explores the different denominations of Satanism, what they represent, and makes an effort to change the stereotypes that surround a legitimate religion.
A great story about a woman on a spiritual journey is Journey Through Ten Thousand Veils. You will learn as you read the story of Maryam Kabeer Faye, who became a Sheikha in the Sufi sect of Muslim.
Mental disorders affect many people, including those whom we'd least expect. This article considers four saints who struggled with mental illness.
Nowadays, Christianity has encompassed a lot of Western society, especially during times like Christmas and Easter. Despite this, there are traces of paganism can be found within mainstream society.
Most of us work hard, give to charity, and try to act righteously, often it goes unnoticed. Do we acknowledge the hard work and righteousness of others? Do
The theory of a natural afterlife locates heaven in a natural, versus supernatural, realm. It’s consistent with NDEs, science, and religion and very plausible.
What does the Mormon church teach about polygamy? What is the LDS policy on domestic abuse? Read this article to learn about the LDS position on this serious issue.
Who was Buddha? What are the facts and myths of his life? What are the basics of his teachings? Are the teachings of Buddha a practical philosophy for the 21st century?
From raising a child to creating a cathedral, patience is essential if a masterpiece is to result. The muscles of patience grow strong through practice. Four saints exemplify this virtue very well.
Eli and Samuel were judges of Israel. Men of faith who lived their lives in favor with God and man. Exemplary models of righteous living, were it not for their disobedient children.
America’s female saints are models of courage, wisdom, and charity in the face of great challenges. They improved American society in several ways.
The historians of the 1st and 2nd centuries were barely aware of the Jewish messianic sect of Christianity and wrote nothing about Jesus Christ. The few mentions that exist are forgeries.
Mudras or hand gestures are non-verbal communications with important spiritual significance. These Mudras are depicted in many Buddha statues in different parts of the world.
An overview of the Greek New Testament manuscripts from the first three centuries of the church; their history, quality, and distribution with a description of several important manuscripts.
This article lists and describes the twelve ancient Greek gods and goddesses who were said to live on Mount Olympus.
Uncontrolled lust creates problems in society. These saints struggled with lust and have wise advice to stay in control.
There are many online articles on the origins of the enneagram of personality, but most have a school of thought bias. Focusing on 6 pivotal innovators, I've aimed to provide an evenhanded overview of the early history.
A friend boasted about all of the things he had done right in his life. In the middle of his boasting, I asked, "If God were to ask you, 'Why should I let you into heaven,' how would you answer?"
Buddhism is a religion that requires the separation of self from reality. The ego must be cast aside completely to achieve an escape from constant rebirth.
The reasons for the Jewish persecution of the early church, significant events in the evolution of persecution, and a comparison of the treatment of James the Righteous (the just) and Paul of Tarsus.
The sermons that embody the Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s talked of an angry God whose wrath can spring up any time. Are we at the mercy of an angry God? Is this the loving God of today?
The Bible covers many different eating customs. There are some interesting things concerning eating in the Bible. Most people don't recognize the eating motifs as customs.
Karma is defined as the result of intentional actions through body, speech, or mind. These actions mold the conscious in a way that crafts one’s future life or rebirth.
Can Christians believe in Evolution? What are the different Christian beliefs about creation? Resources to help you decide what to believe.
What accounts for the fact that belief in God(s) is both universal and persistent? Are humans hard-wired for belief? Can science overcome this?
This is a study of an Old Testament structure that has quite a bit to teach us about the New Testament understanding of dwelling with God through Christ.
Do humans progress through predictable stages of spiritual development? Theologian James Fowler suggests that we do, and offers this model.
The story of Andrew the Apostle of Jesus Christ is found in the New Testament of Christian Bible. He was the brother of Simon Peter and a fisherman by trade. He was one of the first disciples of Jesus whom he began to follow at the bidding of...
Longtime Christians still get confused about the timeline of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus even though they hear sermons about those things in churches every Easter. Perhaps this timeline will help everyone understand what happened, according to the Bible.
Where in Scripture does it say that God was '3 in 1'? Searching diligently we find ample proof that indeed God is Triune in nature.
Are you looking for free Sunday school or homeschool worksheets? Try these activities for the story of Moses and the burning bush with your elementary aged kids, and see how much fun they have while they learn.
The conversion process for becoming a Conservative Jew involves extensive study, living a Jewish life, circumcision (for men), examination by a rabbinic court, and immersion in the ritual bath.
There is no guessing about Sarah, Naomi, Elizabeth and Anna. The text states that they are old. It is their legacy and influence which make them worthy models for men and women of all times.
“If, then, you sometimes fall, do not lose heart, or cease striving to make progress, for even out of your fall God will bring good, just as a man selling an antidote will drink poison before he takes it in order to prove its power.” ~ St....
Invocation for a Public Meeting After receiving more than 16,000 views of my previous hub "Sample Invocation", I felt that another sample for a different context would be appropriate. This is based on more than 20 years of experience praying...
Learn what itikaf is, when it is observed, the conditions of itikaf, what nullifies itikaf, and much more.
Do Muslims believe in Hell like Christians do? According to Islam, on the Last Day, the world will be destroyed and the dead will be raised to go to hell or paradise depending on their deeds.
Joseph Dutton decided to leave a comfortable life to live at the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Molokai. Did his nearly 45 years there make him a saint?
Can women in the twenty-first century benefit from the instructions of a Bible, written in ancient times and credited by some with prejudice and humiliation toward women? Wendy Alsup gives answers.