“I’ll go to the store tomorrow.” One recognizes this as a very simple sentence; yet, there is an unspoken understanding associated with the thought – provided. Humans can know what was and what is, but the future can only be spoken of in possibilities, probabilities, and potential. The simple reason lies in the fact that … Continue reading Omniscience and the Preservation of Free Will
Introduction Although considered the orthodox position in the Church, some have taken the theology of hell from eternal conscious torment toward a transitional existence where those present suffer only a long as they continue to refuse the overwhelming love of God and the message of the Gospel. For these theologians and philosophers, the ultimate condition … Continue reading A Consideration of the Universalist View of Eternity
The essence of eschatology, the language in which eschatological thought occurs, is a forward-looking conception of what is the ultimate outcome for mankind and the world. Most of those involved in the work of theology have a basic understanding of eschatology that conforms to this concept, and the traditional shape of eschatology is expressed in … Continue reading The Messiah: the Greater Prophet, the son of David, Emanuel.
From the very beginning of the Church, the gifts of the Holy Spirit were a remarkable and wondrous occurrence. Even as the Apostles were endowed with a miraculous measure of the Spirit in the form of tongues, healings, prophecy, miracles, and inspiration; the early Christians were also given individual gifts that seemed to follow along … Continue reading The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Then and Now
The practice of baptism has been a part of Church orthodoxy since the beginning and is distinguished as one of the two New Testament (NT) ceremonies, along with the Lord’s Supper, enjoined upon Christians by Christ himself (Matt. 26:26-29; 28:18-20). At the conclusion of the first recorded sermon on Pentecost, in response to the question … Continue reading Baptismal Purification
The doctrine of hell is certainly a Biblical topic, and a such one has a duty to examine the Scriptures in such a way that a conclusion will be supported by valid hermeneutics and exegesis. Every biblical topic has some type of controversy surrounding it, whether the controversy stems from an understanding (or misunderstanding) of … Continue reading Punishment, Destruction, and Banishment: The Traditional Language of Hell