Did You Ever Wonder…?

Did You Ever Wonder…?

 

Was Jesus Really Born on December 25?

Was Jesus really born on December 25, as the Western Christian tradition maintains, or does scripture allow us to infer a different time for His advent here on earth?  Two cases will be presented:  one case for a Tishri (Sukkot) birth, and the other for the traditional late December date.

 

As you will see, the crux of the arguments both for and against the late December dating of the birth of Jesus (or Yeshua, in Hebrew) depend upon the date assigned to the “course of Abia” and the precise time that Zacharias–John the Baptist’s father–was in the Temple when he was visited by the angel Gabriel. (read more)

 

If You’re Born Again, Do You Still Sin?

One of the primary passages dealing with the believer’s (that is, those who are saved) attitude and position on sin is 1 John. This epistle was written to first century Christians and addresses the concepts of sin, believers and nonbelievers. (read more)

 

Who Is Satan?

Typically, human beings have a wide variety of views on Satan. Some people think of him as a silly cartoonish character with a pointed tail and horns, while others think of him as a force, or an abstract concept of evil. The Bible gives us a very clear picture of who Satan is, what he is like, and his goals and aims concerning humanity. (read more)

 

Is Truth Absolute or Relative?

by Patrick Zukeran

Is truth relative or absolute? Is there such a thing as universal and objective truth? Can any group or individual honestly say they possess the truth? The popular postmodern view today is that truth is relative. Christianity, on the other hand, is built on the premise that truth is absolute and that the teachings of the Bible are universal. The notion that truth is relative presents one of the most significant challenges facing the Church.
A survey of the American public revealed that sixty-six percent agreed with the statement, “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” Among youth, seventy percent believe that there is no such thing as absolute truth; two people could define “truth” in conflicting ways and both be correct.” Relativism has made significant inroads into the church as well. According to the latest research, 53 percent of adults in church believe there is no absolute truth. Among youth in church, research shows that 57 percent do not believe an objective standard of truth exists. For two millennia, the Church has been the guardian of truth. The Church cannot allow its foundation to be dismantled by relativism. (read more)

 

Why Should We Believe in the Trinity?

by Pat Zukeran

The doctrine of the Trinity separates orthodox Christian teaching from heresy. This essential teaching of Christianity states that we believe in one God who exists in three separate and distinct persons–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each member is equal in nature and substance.
A common question raised by heretical groups is, When and how did this doctrine develop? According to the Watchtower tract Should You Believe in the Trinity? this doctrine was not held by the church fathers. Rather, it was imposed on the church by the pagan emperors who had “converted” to Christianity at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. and the Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D. Let’s take a careful look at what really happened at these two key church councils. (read more)

 

What Is the Biblical Method of Evangelism?

When trying to decide how to share Christ with someone, the starting point should be the same as that of John the Baptist and Jesus Himself. Matthew 3:2 tells us that John began his ministry with the words “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Repentance refers to a “change of mind,” which implies sorrow for past offences (2 Corinthians 7:10), a deep sense of the evil of sin as committed against God (Psalm 51:4), and a conscious decision to turn from sin to God. The first words Jesus spoke when He began His public ministry were identical to John’s (Matthew 4:17). (read more)

 

How Can I Know If I Am Hearing God, Hearing Satan, or Hearing My Own Thoughts?

Life is full of decisions we must make that do not have absolute, specific-by-name, how-to directions in the Bible. We all have notions about the truth, but how do we know for sure that these ideas are coming from a Divine Source? Sometimes distinguishing our own ideas from God’s leading is difficult. And what if our urges are actually coming from the enemy of our souls and not from God? How do we “take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) when we aren’t sure where the thoughts are coming from? (read more)

 

Are You Worshiping Modern-Day Idols?

All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms.

 

If we are to escape modern idolatry, we have to learn to recognize it, admit that it is rampant and reject it in all its forms. It is not of God, but of Satan, and in it we will never find fulfillment. This is the great lie and the same one Satan has been telling since he first lied to Adam and Eve. (read more)

 

I’m a Good Christian, So Why Am I Sick and Poor?

by Wayne Jackson

A gentleman who professed an identification with the Lord, became quite disenchanted with Christianity. When an interested friend inquired as to the nature of his problem, he replied:
“According to the Bible, God promised that those who follow him will be blessed with health and prosperity. As I observe Christian people, I see vast numbers who are sick and poor. I can no longer believe, therefore, in the promises of God.”