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Does Jesus Say Punishment Is Eternal?

Hell - 1Jesus tells us in Luke 12:5 the God has to power to cast folks into hell, and implies that he will do exactly that when some folks are judged. The question is, however, does Jesus mean what so many modern Christians understand him to mean? The Greek word Jesus used for hell is gehenna (G1067). The word is derived from Hinnom, the name of a valley just off the southwest wall of Jerusalem. It was a place where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children to the Phoenician god, Molech. King Josiah destroyed its altars and filled it with dead bodies in order to make it unclean for any kind of worship. Later the Jews turned it into a garbage dump where they burned the city’s refuse. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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How Is the Believer Justified?


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Jesus has given us a good look at our own self-righteousness in the parable about the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18:9-14. For the purpose of not bringing into this story some preconceived notions, I would like to set aside the title of Pharisee and publican and give these two individuals names. I’ll call the Pharisee Eddie and the publican Boomer.

Two men went up to the Temple of God to pray. The first man’s name was Eddie, and he prayed like this: “Oh God, thank you for your input in my life. I am so glad that I am not as some men that I see in this world. I have seen men who have destroyed their lives and families and brought great dishonor to their parents, because they had no character or self-discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 12, 2009 in Religion, The Cross


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Is ‘Forever’ Never Ending?

The Greek word, aionios (G166), is the adjective of the noun, aion (G165). It represents a time span of an indefinite duration. This adjective must be defined in context or comparing the text with other Scriptures that speak about the same subject matter and are more definitive relative to time duration. For example: Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Religion, salvation


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Unbelief: Too Heavy a ‘Rock’ for God to Lift?

With only two exceptions, all of the adult Israelites that Moses led out of Egypt died in the wilderness without ever entering the Promised Land. Unbelief prevented their entry (Hebrews 3:19). This is a testimony to us that we should trust God and not harden our hearts (Hebrews 3:7-8; 1Corinthians 10:11). However what shall we say of them, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness, never inheriting the promises? Is it all over or is there yet salvation for them? Have they committed what many call the unpardonable sin? It may be interesting to note that the Bible does not speak of an unpardonable sin. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Grace, Religion


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Who is God Able to Save?

Now I must ask a question that is at the heart of the controversy that comes out of the cross. This question has bothered me, since I was a little boy, when my parents first told me about God, heaven and hell. If God loves everyone, and if God is all powerful, how can he, who loves all and is able to do all things, allow anyone to get to the point where God will forever condemn him in his sins? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Religion, salvation


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Is Destruction Everlasting?

The love of God never seems darker or more absent than when we consider God destroying his enemies who are the unrepentant sinners of this world. The fact of the matter is, this doctrine teaches God fails in the end to save some people. In other words, some will defy him so much that God is finally unable to save them. The popular teaching is, it is not God who fails, but man fails to respond to the salvation that is freely given him by God. At the end of the day, however, God is unable to do that which he had always wanted to do (2Peter 2:9; 1Timothy 2:4). Some men’s evil is simply too great and prevents God from finally reaching all the hearts he sent his Son to save. Is this true? Does this teaching accurately portray what God says in his word? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 7, 2009 in Judgment, Religion


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Can Unrepentance Be Forgiven?

Is it possible that God forgives unrepentance? In Numbers chapter thirteen, ten of the twelve spies, which Moses sent into the Promised Land, returned with an evil report. They told all Israel that though the land was a good land, it was unattainable for them. The inhabitants were too strong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 6, 2009 in Grace, Religion


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