The Epicureans and the Stoics belonged to two Greek schools of philosophy very popular with the common people because they taught how to achieve pleasure and happiness despite one’s circumstances. The Epicureans believed everything in the world was made up of atoms and that [...]
The tradition that the Roman Catholic Church is the true church established by Jesus Christ is based on the following scripture, which we will need to examine in order to come to the correct conclusion. Mat 16:15-19 (GNB)"What about you?" he asked them. "Who [...]
First, it is necessary to state in the strongest words, that any criticisms of religious systems focuses only on the departure of that system’s belief and practice from Biblical principles. We are concerned with systems and their errors. Principle—always. People—never. There are saintly people [...]
Easter is a fun family holiday filled with bunnies, chicks, candy and eggs. However, there is a much deeper meaning in Christianity. On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is one of the most well-attended Sunday services of the year [...]
Nowhere in the Bible are we told to celebrate the birth of Christ. With that said, there is no reason that we shouldn’t exchange small gifts in honor of the birth of our savior. In fact, it seems very appropriate. In Matthew 2:11 the [...]
Religious denominations have central governing bodies, organizational religious creeds, and membership rolls. We have none of those characteristics. We call ourselves Bible Students because we study the Bible. Additionally, we usually preface the name with our locality. For instance, I attend the Chicago Bible [...]
The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. The age of the pyramids reached its zenith at Giza in 2575–2150 BC. Among the pyramids one alone testifies to a knowledge superior to that of any other monument of ancient Egypt. This monument is the Great Pyramid. The knowledge displayed in [...]
Where does it state in the Bible that you cannot eat meat on Fridays during Lent or is this a man-made rule?
There is nothing in the Bible that says a person should not eat meat on Friday's during Lent or the rest of the year. It is a man-made rule established by the Roman Catholic Church under what is called canon or religious law. The [...]
The questioner may have the following scriptures in mind when asking this question. 1 Timothy 2:11-13 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in [...]
If Christmas celebration is against the Word of God, how come there are still mighty Christians like Kenneth Copeland and others that still make a huge thing of it? My son is all against it and I do not know how to handle the situation. Please help
Christmas means different things to different people. In our day it is largely a secular event given over to much commercialization. However, to some it means a joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus. And just as the “wise men from the east” brought [...]
Is it right in the eyes of God for an Elder to backslide, cheat, drink and party out in the world then able to come back into the pulpit in just a couple of weeks after repentance?
No! and it would be questionable if one should ever be allowed to return as a teacher. Romans and Galatians describe the seriousness of the sins you listed: Rom 13:12-14 … let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put [...]
Within the church, only men are to be teachers, preachers, or elders. 1 Tim. 2:11, 12 (ESV) reads, "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is [...]
The recognition of the sacred texts comprising our Bible was a process that was centuries long, and the Bible makes reference to books which were not preserved as part of the Old Testament (see for example Joshua 10:13; 2 Samuel 1:18) and some epistles [...]
How are we to respond to those who say, “There are five other people that have the same story as Jesus.” How can we prove the authenticity of the Bible?
Regarding the authenticity of the Bible: The Bible was written in three different languages over a period of approximately 1500 years by more than 40 authors. Nonetheless, the Bible is unique in its unity of theme (man's fall and ultimate redemption) from beginning to [...]
The concept of confession of sin to a priest is nowhere taught in either the Old or New Testaments. In fact, the New Testament teaches that all true believers are priests. 1 Peter 2:9-10 describes believers as a “holy priesthood” and a “royal priesthood,” [...]
Is it right to follow the teachings of any ONE MAN, or should we expect to be individually taught through the study of the Bible?
The Scriptures answer, "One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren" (`Matt. 23:8`). We should not follow man, nor manmade creeds or systems. God exercised the supervising care over His consecrated people; as we read, "Now hath God set the members, [...]
“And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man.” (`Isa. 4:1`.) What is the meaning of this Scripture?
In the symbolisms of the Scriptures a "woman" represents a church. Just as the Church of Christ is said to be the "Bride, the Lamb's Wife." The false churches or anti-Christian religious systems are symbolized as wicked women. (`Rev. 17:5`.) The number seven is [...]
Are we to accept the Bible account of the miracles that were performed in olden times? Why are not miracles performed in our day?
This is an age of miracles, with messages being flashed thousands of miles through space, and under the seas, and around the globe. Marvelous discoveries and wonderful inventions are being made almost daily. Some of the achievements of our times almost eclipse those of [...]
Should Christians worship on the Sabbath (Saturday) or on Sunday. Why? Do we set aside or celebrate other Holy Days?
Sabbath-keeping on the seventh day of the week was a provision of the Law among the Jews, as stated in the Third Commandment. It reads, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; but [...]
Most church denominations throughout the world have adopted the Apostles Creed. Why is it called the “Apostles Creed”? Was it written by the Apostles, and where do we find it in the Bible?
What is known among the Christians as the "Apostles Creed," was not written by the Apostles of our Lord, hence it is nowhere found in the Bible. As to its origin, we quote from Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History, a recognized authority by scholars, as follows: [...]