My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Is the Phrase Literal or Figurative?

There are those who take Peter literally.  After this planet and universe are destroyed, a literally new universe and new planet – new heavens and a new earth – will take their place and the saved will dwell on that new earth. There are others who look at Peter’s words in a figurative sense.  They say that the new heavens and a new earth are not meant to be taken literally, but rather are figurative language describing Christians spending eternity in heaven with God. Which view is the correct view?… Read More My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Is the Phrase Literal or Figurative?

James: Showing Partiality

Consider a scenario in which you recognize clearly when an average friend or acquaintance sins but you refuse to acknowledge the exact same sin when it is you, your spouse, your children or parents, or your closest friend who commits it.  Your refusal to acknowledge what clearly exists because of your favoritism will lead to you refusing to correct yourself or them and encouraging yourself or them to obey God, which in turn will lead to eternal condemnation (cf. Ezek. 3:17-21).… Read More James: Showing Partiality

My Thoughts on Government and the Taking of Life (2): War

John the Baptizer found himself preaching to a crowd of people which included some soldiers (Luke 3:1-14).  The crowds had been asking the prophet, “What then shall we do?”  The soldiers joined in, “And we, what shall we do?”  It must be noted that John did not tell them to abandon their profession of soldiering even though he had a clear opportunity to do so if being a soldier was inherently sinful due to their required use of violence in war.  Rather, he told them only to “not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages” (Luke 3:14). … Read More My Thoughts on Government and the Taking of Life (2): War

My Thoughts on Government and the Taking of Life (1): Capital Punishment and Corporal Punishment

The question of whether governmental corporal punishment (such as flogging, caning, or putting someone in the stocks) and capital punishment (the death penalty by various means of execution such as lethal injection, hanging, or firing squad) is morally and biblically right exists in the minds of many, and understandably so. Let’s examine this question from a biblical perspective.… Read More My Thoughts on Government and the Taking of Life (1): Capital Punishment and Corporal Punishment

Correctly Interpreting the Bible: Authority and the Testaments

Jesus was asked about the authority He had to teach His doctrine (Matt. 21:23), a legitimate question even if it was asked with illegitimate motives by the religious leaders.  It’s a legitimate question because God tells us to have divine authority in everything we do and say (Col. 3:17).  Thus, biblical authority is very important to properly interpreting Scripture.  Authority is a foundational precept of Christianity, for without it we have no basis for anything we believe, teach, or practice individually or congregationally.… Read More Correctly Interpreting the Bible: Authority and the Testaments

Is It Possible to Correctly Interpret the Bible?

How one interprets the Bible — more specifically, whether one does so correctly — determines whether one actually obeys the commands and principles within Scripture.  That in turn has a direct bearing on one’s salvation (Matt. 7:21-23; Heb. 5:9; 1 John 3:4; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8).  Since we are commanded to accurately handle Scripture (2 Tim. 2:15), then doing so is possible and necessary.… Read More Is It Possible to Correctly Interpret the Bible?