Many Christians find it difficult to understand Jesus' parable about the rich man and Lazarus. Some believe that it is not a parable but a literal story. It is also supposed to support life after death. The one obvious issue is that the rich man has been judged and sent to Hades. The scriptures state … Continue reading Detailed look at Lazarus and the Rich man
What Does Paul Mean “to Depart to be with Christ” in Philippians 1:23?
Philippians 1:23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. Does it mean that when we die we go to Heaven as spirits? Justification for the almost universally held opinion that Christianity teaches that the dead are consciously with God at the … Continue reading What Does Paul Mean “to Depart to be with Christ” in Philippians 1:23?
Demystify the Meaning of Sheol and Hades in the Bible
Introduction In our English bibles Sheol (Hebrew) and Hades (Greek) are seen as only something physical. However that is not how the Jews understood these terms. Christians today use words like hell, Hades, Sheol and Gehenna interchangeably but they are not the same. This post will address the difference between Sheol and Hades as they … Continue reading Demystify the Meaning of Sheol and Hades in the Bible
Jesus Completely Died
by Sean Finnegan http://www.christianmonotheism.com/ Someone once asked the question: "Can God microwave a burrito so hot that He cannot eat it?" To answer yes implies that God cannot eat extremely hot burritos. To answer no implies that God cannot heat it to such a level. This sort of question is flawed because it consists of … Continue reading Jesus Completely Died
Jesus was part of God’s Creation
Colossians 1:15 (ESV) calls Jesus “the firstborn of all creation.” Scholars disagree on what this phrase means, but that is primarily because the doctrine of the Trinity obscures its simple meaning. Trinitarian doctrine states that Jesus is “eternal,” but if that is true then he cannot be the firstborn “of all creation,” because that would … Continue reading Jesus was part of God’s Creation
Acts: A Gold Mine of Kingdom Treasures!
by Kenneth LaPrade, Texas Many folks might be motivated to ask a person like me, “Why even bother emphasizing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God repeatedly? After all, we (as Christians) already believe that Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected. Isn’t that the whole Gospel? So what then is the big deal … Continue reading Acts: A Gold Mine of Kingdom Treasures!
Martin Luther & William Tyndale versus the Pope On the State of the Dead
Original Christianity and the Bible itself has been suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the dark ages. Yet the Renaissance, and especially the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press, quickly spawned the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s. This led to the rejection and refutation of several important Roman Catholic dogmas. Among these were prayers … Continue reading Martin Luther & William Tyndale versus the Pope On the State of the Dead
Are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob alive in Heaven?
Matthew 22:29-32 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. 31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what … Continue reading Are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob alive in Heaven?
What Happens When we Die?
Preface Due to the influence of Greek thought we have been schooled to believe that when we die our soul leaves the body and goes to heaven or hell when we die. But is that what the bible teaches? Tim Warner demonstrates that this is not what the men of God believed. A Sequential Survey … Continue reading What Happens When we Die?
Will We Become Immortal in the Resurrection?
Resurrection is obviously required in order for the saints to live again and obtain “eternal life.” A common misnomer that Christians have with regard to the resurrection is that our bodies will become inherently immortal. This is largely due to the influence that Platonism has had on Christianity. Platonism’s “immortality of the soul” teaches the existence of a non-corporeal “soul” that is itself inherently immortal. The Bible claims God alone possesses this quality. Man is dust, will return to the dust and only resurrection will provide him again with conscious life. After resurrection life will still be dependent on God. This is why Paul uses language concerning the Resurrection that indicates we will not possess immortality inherent to ourselves. The language he uses for our bodies after the Resurrection describes immortality as if it’s a garment to be worn over our flesh.