Another New Testament connection to a seemingly random Old Testament verse once again sheds light on the teachings of Jesus.
Do humans progress through predictable stages of spiritual development? Theologian James Fowler suggests that we do, and offers this model.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
America’s female saints are models of courage, wisdom, and charity in the face of great challenges. They improved American society in several ways.
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.
This article explores the fundamental role of the Holy Spirit, and its role in providing salvation to lost sinners.
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.
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.
Sufism is explored in the novel "The Forty Rules of Love" and the film "Bab'Aziz." Shafak, the author, and Khemir, the director, both show the peacful and loving side of Islam. This essay includes a brief summary of key plot points and an analysis of Sufism in each piece.
Is the celebration of Easter Biblical? This article explores the answer to this question through an analysis of Scriptural doctrines.
Burn in hell, ye wicked soul! The Chinese Ten Courts of Hell have the perfect punishment for you to suffer horribly in!
Iconography and iconology are interdependent sciences concerned with the visual arts and architecture as reflections of a culture. Broadly speaking, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably.
Hungarian-born linguist and philosopher, Prof. Szekely inspired many with biogenic living and the Essene Gospel of Peace.
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...
Bl. Solanus Casey was an American Capuchin priest. His seven-star virtues cause him to shine in the firmament.
This article covers the state of the "New Testament Canon" in the first centuries of the church, providing some examples of relevant manuscripts and documents from this period.
Apostle Paul is an interesting person in the New Testament of the Bible. He wrote 13 of the 27 books. Knowing something about the man will help you understand his messages.
The Sumerian Flood Story - The Epics of Atrahasis and Gilgamesh were written over a thousand years before the Biblical account of Noah's Ark.
There are several pieces of articles every Christian must put on every day, according to Ephesians 6:10-20.
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.
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.
Learn what itikaf is, when it is observed, the conditions of itikaf, what nullifies itikaf, and much more.
Learn about Persephone, queen of the underworld, and the many mythological stories in which she plays a leading or supporting role.
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.
Effective leadership has many tiers, and a second-in-command is as much of a calling as a senior leadership position.
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.
Christian Universalism: Upon close examination, the scriptures do not seem to teach that hell lasts forever.
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?
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.
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.
People interpret the Bible in many ways. Despite the differing perspectives, there remains a single truth behind them.
An overview of the political ans social landscape that shaped and determined the events of Jesus Christ's life and death
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.
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.
An overview of five different interpretations of Matthew 16:18-19 from the early Church writers: Origen, Tertullian, Cyprian, Augustine, and Chrysostom.
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.
St. Josephine Bakhita’s journey towards the light offers a wonderful example of good triumphing over bad experiences.
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 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.
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.
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.
The similarities and differences of the four gospel accounts of the Resurrection of Jesus will be dissected so we can find and learn about the truth of what happened that day.
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?
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.
Uncontrolled lust creates problems in society. These saints struggled with lust and have wise advice to stay in control.
The Life Application Bible is easy to follow and provides in depth explanations on Bible passages and people in the Bible.
Being the head of the Roman Catholic Church has sometimes been hazardous to the health of the incumbent.
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.
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.
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?
Thaipusam. a Hinduism ceremony is the most colorful Hindu festivals celebrated by Indian Tamils from South India but Thaipusam Batu Caves in Malaysia is the biggest event in the world
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
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.
This article lists and describes the twelve ancient Greek gods and goddesses who were said to live on Mount Olympus.
Why Do People Convert to Religion? - There are at least eight types of religious conversion. Each uniformly depends on the psychology of the individual.
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.
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.
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.
Mental disorders affect many people, including those whom we'd least expect. This article considers four saints who struggled with mental illness.
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...
Hermann Cohen was a child prodigy who grew into a wild man. His life changed dramatically after he conducted music for a Benediction service.
Explanations of the different Catholic symbols. These symbols act as badges of faith, teaching tools, and aids on the journey towards understanding complex philosophies.
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.
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.
Whenever the question of Namasmarana or contemplation on the Lord's name comes up, I am always reminded of these three stories from Sri Sathya Sai Baba. They are inspiring and humorous.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
This article contains information on how principal teachings influence Christianity and Islam in contributing to the achievement of world peace.
A brief but thorough study of the Nomina Sacra; their characteristics, origins, the words they denote, and their implications.
This article discusses religions that have a personal god compared to those that have a more impersonal god. The similarities and differences are covered to help readers gain perspective and knowledge. Religions discussed include Islam, Christianity, Shinto, Buddhism, and Judaism.
Evolutionary and cognitive psychology reveal a number of reasons why morality is co-opted by religion.
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?
There at least 25 large churches in America. Find out about them and discover how they got that way.
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.
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.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. - Revelation 12:17 KJV
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".
Several saints visited heaven and left descriptions of their experiences. This article peers into heaven through their experiences.
Buddhism is not a religion which has a doctrine, creed, or cult. Its precepts are based on a philosophy that the universe exists in our minds, as a set of patterns and movements, always changing. We live in the present, as the sum of our experiences.
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...
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?
The scripture does not support the argument that the church is the "Bride of Christ." What the scripture says, and why it's important.
Can Christians believe in Evolution? What are the different Christian beliefs about creation? Resources to help you decide what to believe.
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.
The author discusses whether Romans 9 teaches the Calvinist doctrine of unconditional election through Jacob's election.
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
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.
Where in Scripture does it say that God was '3 in 1'? Searching Scripture diligently we find ample proof that indeed God is Triune in nature.
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.
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 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.
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.
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....
Science and Religion are at war. Or are they? The perceived conflict between science and Christianity is destroying Western society - and doing so unnecessarily.
It is believed my some Christians that anyone who thinks that the book of James is good for doctrine for the church is not "rightly diving the word of truth". I would like to explain why I believe that this ideology is a mistake.
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.
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.
This article is not meant to argue with beliefs, but to discuss various concepts of the universe, and suggest alternative views about creation and the hereafter to be considered.
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?
The Anglican Church also has the seven sacraments. Here are how we perceive these sacraments in a nutshell.
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?
The Old Testament Tabernacle Menorah perfectly illustrates the Word of God in its material, design, and numbers.
Do you do things because you have been anointed to do them, or do you take it upon yourself to do what you want to do? God wants you to listen to Him and do what He wants you to do instead of doing what you want to do.
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.
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.
In the past, being a church leader was an occupation that carried with it the prospect of an untimely demise.
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.
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.
The first order of business in the construction of the Wilderness Tabernacle was for the people to give willingly to the project. God has a reason for his reciprocal request.
An overview of the manuscripts of the New Testament, their history, and the state of the text in modern research.
The Bible covers many subjects. In this article, we will look at the subject of wine in the scriptures.
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.
Hygge is a new take on an old practice. As it slowly increases in popularity, there are aspects of Hygge that should be considered both positively and negatively by the Christian community.
God intended marriage to be a union filled with His holy love. Unfortunately for Jacob, his was anything but.
Church attendance is at an all-time low. What has happened to religion and why are people less religious now?
What do the sources and manuscript data tell us about how the early church viewed the famous "fifth gospel?"
Sister Nazarena was an American Camaldolese nun, who lived like an Egyptian hermit in a Roman convent for forty-five years.
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...
Stigmata is a documented phenomenon that has made saints out of those inflicted with it. Is it truly a miracle or is the power of suggestion at work? Its history suggest it goes beyond strongly held religious beliefs.
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.
What does it mean to be "rich in Christ? It means the God, our rich king, bestowed all of his riches on us, in our poverty. Read to hear this truth illustrated in a creative, new manner. A teaching on I Peter 3.
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!
Several religious beliefs provide comfort and appeal to our evolutionary psychology. Some people may be more susceptible than others to belief in God.
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.
A summery of the basic ideas of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and the influence that Aristotle had on the development of these ideas.
The article explores the meaning of Isaiah 53 and how it relates to Jesus of Nazareth, who is called The Christ (The Messiah).
"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?
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.
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...
Drew Sokol is a Christian pastor. Cory Markum is an outspoken atheist. How did this odd couple meet, and what is this project that they formed together? A project known as "Hinge."
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?"
The materials for Tabernacle construction have been discussed. It is time to assemble the furniture of this sacred space. The order, materials, and assembly are all significantly related to Christ and speak of necessary truths for our better understanding of His accomplishment on the cross.
Buddha’s 'Eightfold Path” is still relevant today. This ancient guide to living can bring you happiness, success, and personal fulfillment.
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.
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.
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?
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.
To some, Fr. Damien of Molokai was a dirty beast. To others, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, he was a beautiful saint. What is the verdict?
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?
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.
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?"
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
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.
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.
A comparison of Quranic and New Testament textual development and transmission in their first few decades.
In a time of mystical belief, when men and women believed solely in the will of the Father, there came to be a brave and devoted group of women. They called themselves the Anchoress.
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..
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
Discusses how Christianity is similar to Greek religions, and the possibility that parts of Christianity may have evolved from Greek religions.
Emperor Constantine is called the first Christian emperor, but was Constantine really a Christian? While there is evidence to support that he was not, I think that the most compelling evidence suggests that he was in fact a Christian.
In the book of Revelation when John mentions the commandments of God, is he talking about those who adhere to the Ten Commandments?
When you travel to South or Southeast Asia you'll see statues and iconography of Garudas everywhere. Let's look at the meaning so we have a better understanding when we travel to these places.
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 ~
Though Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are considered very different religions today, they have common origins and their holy books contain vast similarities.
An in-depth explanation about the story of the Centurion and His servant. Includes exploration of the Greek text, the context of the narrative, and what it means for us today.
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 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.
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.
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.
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".
An overview of the Infancy Gospels: what they are, why they were written, and why they are significant.
The origin of religion has been a primary concern of the following sciences: comparative philology, sociology, and psychology.
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?
The book of Acts gives us an important look into the early history of the Christian Church as Luke records in as a second volume to his Gospel account.