By Rationalism is meant the system or theory which assigns undue authority to reason in matters of religion. By reason is not to be understood the Logos as revealed in man, as held by some of the Fathers, and by Cousin and other modern philosophers, nor the intuitional faculty as distinguished from the understanding or the discursive faculty. The word is taken in its ordinary sense for the cognitive faculty, that which perceives, compares, judges, and infers.
If natural science is concerned with the facts and laws of nature, theology is concerned with the facts and the principles of the Bible. If the object of the one be to arrange and systematize the facts of the external world, and to ascertain the laws by which they are determined; the object of the other is to systematize the facts of the Bible and ascertain the principles or general truths which those facts involve.
Genesis 2:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”  Why did God warn Adam about death but not eternal hellfire? Is it justice, was God righteous for withholding eternal hellfire from... Continue Reading →
Hundreds of millions of both Catholic and Protest Christians have long held that hell is a place of eternal torment for the damned. According to the Encarta Encyclopedia, “Hell, in theology, any place or state of punishment and privation for human souls after death. More strictly, the term is applied to the place or state... Continue Reading →
We have to understand that just as this generation is rapidly growing to accept homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle, the same is true of many Christian beliefs. However, God’s Word is true and the values, morals, and ethics therein are always the same and do not change because of public opinion. So, how can we follow the apostle Peter's counsel to gently and respective share the Word of God.
To reconcile means to “restore to friendship or harmony.” The Greek katallasso means, “‘to reconcile.’ It is related to the Greek word, allasso, which means, “to change, exchange” (6x in the NT: Acts 6:14; Rom 1:23; 1 Cor. 15:51–52; Gal 4:20; Heb. 1:12).” In the New Testament, katallasso “is a theological term describing the... Continue Reading →
A ransom is a sum of money or a price demanded or paid to secure the freedom of a slave. The basic idea of “ransom” is the act of saving somebody from an oppressed condition or dangerous situation through self-sacrifice, such as a price that covers or satisfies justice, while the term “redemption” is the... Continue Reading →
The English word “atonement” “is derived from Anglo-Saxon words meaning, “making at one,” hence “at-one-ment.” It presupposes a separation or alienation that needs to be overcome if human beings are to know God and have fellowship with him. As a term expressing relationship, atonement is tied closely to such terms as reconciliation and forgiveness.” The... Continue Reading →
1 Corinthians 3:16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? Before delving into the phrase, “indwelling of the Holy Spirit, let us consider the mistaken view of New Testament scholars Simon J. Kistemaker and William Hendriksen, who wrote,... Continue Reading →