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 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 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.
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
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.
Every sermon should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. There should be a focus statement and function statement as well as obvious points that listeners should understand.
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 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.
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.
Miracles are presented in the Bible as if they actually happened. Are those claims believable? Here's how the Bible itself defends its credibility regarding miracles.
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.
The Anglican Church also has the seven sacraments. Here are how we perceive these sacraments in a nutshell.
People interpret the Bible in many ways. Despite the differing perspectives, there remains a single truth behind them.
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.
An overview of the manuscripts of the New Testament, their history, and the state of the text in modern research.
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?
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.
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?
Can Christians believe in Evolution? What are the different Christian beliefs about creation? Resources to help you decide what to believe.
Another New Testament connection to a seemingly random Old Testament verse once again sheds light on the teachings of Jesus.
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?
Throughout history the poor and oppressed have risen up against their oppressors. Without peace as the guiding light, it can end quite badly.
Unitarian Universalism is a humanistic religion well-suited for modern times. Unfortunately, many people have not heard of it or do not understand its tenets, practices, and history.
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.
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.
A brief but thorough study of the Nomina Sacra; their characteristics, origins, the words they denote, and their implications.
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.
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.
Sola Scriptura, or "Scripture Alone" is the cornerstone of Protestant theology. Does that mean our walk with God begins and ends with the Bible?
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.
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...
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.
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.
Everything Daya Mata has done reflects the discipline she learned at the feet of the great spiritual leader Paramahansa Yogananda. Her books are filled with love.
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.
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 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.
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.
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".
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
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 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.
The book of Esther stands as unique among not only the historical books, but among the entire Old Testament as well.
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.
The Bible covers many subjects. In this article, we will look at the subject of wine in the scriptures.
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.)
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.
Orthodox Christian life revolves around the liturgical year. Starting in September we celebrate Christ through the 2000 year history of the church.
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.
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.
This hub article takes beginners through Chapters 32-37 of the Book of Genesis from the Bible. This hub focuses on Judah & Tamar, Joseph & Potiphar's wife, Joseph's imprisonment and rule over Egypt.
I've recently read some things claiming that a Christian cannot be solitary. But that belief shows ignorance. Let's discuss the idea of practicing religion alone.
Burn in hell, ye wicked soul! We have the perfect punishment in the Chinese Ten Courts of Hell for you to suffer horribly in!
Hungarian-born linguist and philosopher, Prof. Szekely inspired many with biogenic living and the Essene Gospel of Peace.
What would you do if a transgendered person showed up at your church? How about a gay couple? What would you say to them if they had a child? Some of the answers I hear are quite troubling.
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.
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.
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.
Buddha’s 'Eightfold Path” is still relevant today. This ancient guide to living can bring you happiness, success, and personal fulfillment.
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...
A thorough study of the manuscripts, texts, and early Christian citations of the most famous “Gnostic Gospel”
A number of arguments have been put forward for and against the existence of God by various philosophers. While one do you find most convincing?
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.
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.
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 most articulate atheists making the most effective arguments against religious belief, while refuting popular apologists and common arguments for the existence of God. Enjoy!
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.
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 ~
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?
The theme of this article is not to argue with beliefs, but to suggest alternative views about creation and the hereafter.
“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....
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...
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.
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.
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.
According to Christians, God certainly does exist. I'll explain why. But it seems some people aren't really buying it. Gee, we ought to come up with a name for those kind of people. Hmm...
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.
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.
According to the Bible, there are three heavens and not just one. It is interesting to find out more about the three heavens and the characteristics of them.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas wants people to know about "a place called heaven."
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 first and second great temples were demolished through sin. And it is through sin that they remain destroyed. Is there hope for restoration?
When your father is Zeus and your mother is Demeter, I suppose it is no surprise when everyone wants you for their own. Beautiful as she was, Persephone finally found love with Hades and became the Queen of the Underworld. There, her level headedness and compassion helped to soften her husband, but just a little.
There at least 25 large churches in America. Find out about them and discover how they got that way.
What do the sources and manuscript data tell us about how the early church viewed the famous "fifth gospel?"
Whenever we think of angels, we think of these heavenly, cherubic beings, sitting on white, fluffy clouds while playing harps. But what do they really do? And how do they help us?
There are several pieces of articles every Christian must put on every day, according to Ephesians 6:10-20.
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.
Science and Religion are at war. Or are they? The perceived conflict between science and Christianity is destroying Western society - and doing so unnecessarily.
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
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.
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...
People are leaving the Christian Church at an alarming rate. Detective J. Warner Wallace says that the reason is the Church's failure to answer important questions. His book tells the answers to give.
Most Bible scholars overlook this, but Psalm 27 has two distinct parts. It is interesting to learn about these two parts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explanations of the different Catholic symbols: these symbols act as badges of faith, teaching tools, and aids on the journey towards an understanding of complex philosophies. Images included.
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.
Will you join me in examining the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, along with other parables that speak to it?
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 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.
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.
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".
Do humans progress through predictable stages of spiritual development? Theologian James Fowler suggests that we do, and offers this model.
If you are a religious person then you have asked yourself this question a million times. I bet you ask yourself this question whenever things start falling apart- Well, Does He?
Sister Nazarena was an American Camaldolese nun, who lived like an Egyptian hermit in a Roman convent for forty-five years.
These five authors have written some great memoirs and devotionals which are sure to inspire you and encourage you to grow deeper in your walk with God as a Christian woman!
Premillennial eschatology dates all the way back to the time of the apostles. This confession of faith can be used by independent churches to outline their beliefs on the end times.
A lot Christians are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. While it will be the second coming, the Bible speaks of three comings of Jesus. This article explains in detail.
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?
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.
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.
Reading the Bible in context removes all opinions and reveals only the truth. Join me in examining one single chapter, and the three parables contained, in complete context.
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.
An overview of the political ans social landscape that shaped and determined the events of Jesus Christ's life and death
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?
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 Capuchin was an American Capuchin priest. It is not the impressive number of miracles ascribed to his intercession that make him great, but his seven key virtues.
Was the star of Bethlehem a historical event or mythology? What kind of celestial object could it have been? Author Dag Khilman finds the answer in Babylonian astrology.
This article explores the different denominations of Satanism, what they represent, and makes an effort to change the stereotypes that surround a legitimate religion.
In the book of Revelation when John mentions the commandments of God, is he talking about those who adhere to the Ten Commandments?
Christian Universalism: Upon close examination, the scriptures do not seem to teach that hell lasts forever.
An overview of Roman policies toward the early Christian church from the first century to the reign of Constantine.
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.
The religion of Buddha was based on morality and democratic principles besides being simple and practical.
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.
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.
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...
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 theory of a natural afterlife locates heaven in a natural, versus supernatural, realm. It’s consistent with NDEs, science, and religion and very plausible.
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?
God intended marriage to be a union filled with His holy love. Unfortunately for Jacob, his was anything but.
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.
From raising a child to creating a sculpture, patience is essential if a masterpiece is to result. The muscles of patience grow strong through practice. Four saints exemplify this virtue very well.
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.
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.
Jim Stump is a scientist who finds that philosophy of science and theology have a surprising intersection.
The Beatitudes remind us that we are blessed in certain situations of our lives. Jesus taught the multitudes how they are blessed and he teaches us the same things.
A overview of the Logos in Greek and Jewish though as it pertains to the prologue to The Gospel of John
The scripture does not support the argument that the church is the "Bride of Christ." What the scripture says, and why it's important.
I am a person still searching for my sense of the truth of our Universe. I have been investigating Zen Buddhism, and deeply feel the things that I am reading. I have a regular meditation practice.
People want to say that Christianity and Paganism are separate, but in fact they are much the same. Read about the pagan elements and traditions of Christianity here.
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.
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.
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...
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
There are exceptional women everywhere whose names remain unfamiliar, even unknown. The following six Bible mothers are among them but each displays unique significant strengths of character.
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.
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.
Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Michal, one of King David's wives, knew what it was to both love and be loved, yet her life was still tragic.
Learn what itikaf is, when it is observed, the conditions of itikaf, what nullifies itikaf, and much more.
Chaplain William H. Schnackenberg IV debuts his first book as an autobiography centered around existential decay and redemption.
The Life Application Bible is easy to follow and provides in depth explanations on Bible passages and people in the Bible.
The Old Testament Tabernacle Menorah perfectly illustrates the Word of God in its material, design, and numbers.
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.
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
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.
This article lists and describes the twelve ancient Greek gods and goddesses who were said to live on Mount Olympus.
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.
Ramadan this year will begin 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.