Christianity’s Platonic Heaven

Author Shawn Nelson (February 2013) Overview The early Christian church was heavily influenced by Plato, and the effects of Plato’s teaching can still be seen within Christianity today. This is particularly true when it comes to the topic of heaven. Many Christians today would be surprised to learn that they hold a Platonic view of … Continue reading Christianity’s Platonic Heaven

Ancient Hebrew Thought

By Jeff A. Benner In the world, past and present, there are two major types of cultures; Eastern (such as "Hebrew") culture and Western (such as "Greek") culture. Both of these cultures view their surroundings, lives, and purpose in ways which would seem foreign to the other. With the exception of a few Bedouin nomadic tribes … Continue reading Ancient Hebrew Thought

There is no Single word for Eternity in Hebrew or Greek

There is no single word in the Hebrew Bible that means “infinite” time and this has led to incorrect translations and understanding in our English bible translations. This is contrary to what you will see on the internet. “OLAM” is the Hebrew word that defines “time” beyond what is observable (both past & future). “Olam” … Continue reading There is no Single word for Eternity in Hebrew or Greek

Lesson 24 – Revelation 10:1-11 Little Scroll and 7 Thunders

Revelation 10:1 – 11:11 is an interlude between the 6th and 7th Trumpets and parallels the interlude between the 6th and 7th Seals, & goes back to the beginning of the tribulation & recaps.  Revelation 10:1-11 The Messenger, the “Little Scroll,” & the 7 Thunders Vss. 1-2 The Messenger is ChristClothed with a cloud – … Continue reading Lesson 24 – Revelation 10:1-11 Little Scroll and 7 Thunders

The Twenty-Four Elders – Do They Represent the Raptured Church in Heaven?

It is really rather baffling to watch pretribulationists claim that literalism leads to pretribulationism, and then in the next breath rely exclusively on symbolism to find the rapture in Scripture! Without any rapture in the early chapters of Revelation, pretribulationists point to the twenty-four elders as proof that the entire Church is in heaven prior … Continue reading The Twenty-Four Elders – Do They Represent the Raptured Church in Heaven?

What is at Stake? – Gnosticism Part 8

It might be well to consider the question whether or not the Gnostics actually believed their stories to be literally true.  Doubtless, many of them did.  But the real answer to this question is that it does not matter whether they believed them to be literally true or not.  The nature of mythology is that … Continue reading What is at Stake? – Gnosticism Part 8

The Gnostic Hall of Infamy – Gnosticism Part 7

We have mentioned several times that there were numerous Gnostic teachers, each of whom produced his own version of the Gnostic mythology.  This next series of articles will briefly describe the most important Gnostic personalities and their contributions to the heresy. Simon and Menander Simon the Samaritan (also known as “Simon the Sorcerer” or “Simon … Continue reading The Gnostic Hall of Infamy – Gnosticism Part 7

Three Kinds of Men – Gnosticism Part 6

As we have said, in Gnosticism, there are three kinds of substance: Material, Animal and Spiritual.  Everything that is material will perish – that is, pass out of existence.  Every animal substance, because it is neither material nor spiritual but has certain things in common with both, will pass to whichever side its inclination draws … Continue reading Three Kinds of Men – Gnosticism Part 6

The Demiurge – Gnosticism Part 5

As stated in the previous article, Gnosticism taught three kinds of existence brought forth by Achamoth: Material – formed from passion and evil;Animal – formed from her conversion;Spiritual – brought forth by Achamoth herself. Achamoth’s next task was to give form to these.  And as it turns out, she was unable to do this with … Continue reading The Demiurge – Gnosticism Part 5

A Not-So-Divine Tragedy – Gnosticism Part 4

This youngest was the feminine Aeon, Sophia.  She left her consort, Theletos, and resolved to know her unknown Father.  She gave herself unreservedly to this pursuit of knowledge, not understanding that her goal was impossible to attain.  In the midst of her passion, she gave birth.  But because she had left her consort, Theletos, and … Continue reading A Not-So-Divine Tragedy – Gnosticism Part 4