If God is Good, Why Do I Suffer?

, ,
“Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted” (Psalm 10:1, 12). Have you ever expressed similar questions and angst to heaven? Maybe…

Do Jesus’ Followers Care About the Environment?

Aerial images of Ethiopia reveal small forest enclaves surrounded by large swathes of arid desert. At the center of most of the oases are churches. These congregations have preserved the forest for centuries, motivated by the belief that "every…

What Does the Bible Say About Racism?

, ,
A quick glance at the news or social media will show that humanity is devastated by the sin of racism. The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in 2018, the El Paso Walmart shooting in 2019, and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery are all examples of racists…

Did Jesus Exist?

, ,
Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential person in history. Billions of people around the world know about the God of the Bible (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) because of Jesus’ life, death, claimed resurrection, and teachings.…

Did Jesus Claim to Be Divine?

, ,
The divinity of God alone is no small matter, especially in a Jewish mindset where there is only one God in all the cosmos (Deut. 6:4, Isaiah 44:6). It would be remarkable for a Jewish person to claim his own divinity; however, it is even more…

Does Morality Point to God?

, , , , ,
One morning, I sat looking out my window and noticed something that I had never seen before. A spider had caught a large fly in its web and was slowly making its way to its prey. The fly violently tried to escape, shaking the web, but to no…

Is There Such a Thing as Absolute Truth?

, ,
A famous fable tells of a group of blind men who encounter an elephant. One finds the tail and concludes that he found a whip. Another grasps a leg and says it's a tree. Yet another feels the side and thinks it's a wall. The blind men begin…

What is Atonement?

,
Atonement is not a particularly popular word in English, but perhaps you are familiar with Yom Kippur, which means Day of Atonement. It is a time when many Jewish people fast and pray, seeking God’s forgiveness. In everyday speech, the verb…

Are People Innately Good or Bad?

, ,
Are People Innately Good or Bad? Few elements of the Bible’s message regarding human nature and our standing with God have been more misunderstood or intentionally distorted than the concept of sin. As the old line goes, “There’s good…

What is Sin?

, ,
While reading articles on this site, you most likely came across the word sin. You may be wondering what exactly this term means. It is not a pleasant word, but its impact in our world and personal lives is enormous. In a general sense, sin…