If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: The Choice Factor

None of us are perfect.  We all make mistakes and we’ll continue to make mistakes.  Freedom of choice exists.  We are all free to make whatever choices in life we want to make.  Yet, none of us are perfect.  That means we will make wrong choices at times.  That in turn means that where there is freedom of choice, the result will be wrong choices. What can produce evil and suffering in the world?  Wrong choices.… Read More If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: The Choice Factor

If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: Defining Evil

As I type this, Russian helicopters are flying over Ukrainian villages. People in Ukraine, likely including people I know and have taught and baptized years ago, are suffering and dying.  From my perspective, all of this is happening because of greed and selfishness.  It’s such a waste.  It’s needless and it’s horrible. Why does God allow it to happen?… Read More If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: Defining Evil

My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Do Some Bible Passages Point to a Literal New Heavens and New Earth?

Some still promote the notion that the saved will dwell for eternity on a literal new earth under literal new heavens.  They do so by pointing to several biblical passages which they interpret to teach that there will be a literal new earth in eternity.  As we close this series of articles on the “new heavens and a new earth,” l’d like to examine each of the passages which I am aware are used to promote this idea.… Read More My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Do Some Bible Passages Point to a Literal New Heavens and New Earth?

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?

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