Are Heaven and Hell Real Places?

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In the modern world, we are unaccustomed to talking about Hell as a real place, and if we speak about Heaven, we often assume that it is the default destiny of all human beings. However, if you do any kind of reading or studying of the Bible…

Suffering and the Existence of God

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As Ellis Goldstein watched the police car enter his driveway, he braced himself for the bad news. The officer handed Ellis the driver’s license of his seventeen-year-old daughter, Heather, regrettably informing him that she had just died in…

How Does Sin Affect My Relationship with God?

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Scene: Jerry Seinfeld at Confession Catholic Priest: Tell me your sins, my son. Jerry: Uh, I should mention that I’m Jewish. Catholic Priest: Well that’s no sin. Jerry: Oh, good. — Seinfeld, “The Yada Yada” If we…

Does Morality Point to God?

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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…

What is Atonement?

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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?

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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?

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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…

Ten Reasons Why Isaiah 53 Points to Jesus

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What will the Messiah be like, and what will he do? Many people have asked this question throughout the centuries. The prophet Isaiah had a lot to say in response to this question. In Isaiah 52:13—53:12 (from here on, just “Isaiah 53”),…