There are obviously so many channels from which one can learn about the concept of the afterlife. Many world religions teach the concept of a painful afterlife, often deriving the idea of a painful condition due to a life of immoral living and/or the stultification of God. I have treated the idea of the portal … Continue reading Thoughts about Hell from Jesus Himself.
Post 05New Perspectives on the Heavenly JerusalemMany Christian hymns of an eschatological emphasis have used the language of John’s picture of the New Jerusalem extensively, a Jerusalem situated in the very heart of the new heaven and earth. In the past generation especially, there has been increased momentum for questioning whether John intended his picture … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 05
Judgment and the New Heaven and Earth For centuries there have been those who have found it theologically unbearable to embrace the traditional Christian teaching about hell, divine punishment, and the wrath of God, resorting as a consequence either to universalism or to annihilationism for doctrinal consolation. John himself portrays the judgment of God in … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 03
Themes from the New Creation In these preliminary comments on the text of Revelation 21-22, I am compelled by conscience and consistency to point out that the term “New Creation” does not occur even a single time in the book of Revelation. Since the motif of “New Creation” is the theme of Harding School of … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 02
Greetings! I’ll skip the chitchat and move to these 2 important points. 1. My hiatus of not posting regularly during the last half of 2013 comes from the confluence of sunspots, climate change, and premature hibernation. But I am back for a while now, deo volente. 2. My commentary is providing some speaking opportunities. … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22
Although I am not an expert on English translations of the Bible, there are a couple of well known examples where the King James translators truly got it wrong in their rendering of a particular verse or phrase. What is especially ironic is when a contemporary preacher, study group, or translator who otherwise would … Continue reading “Gates of Hell” and Another Look at Matt. 16:18 & Rev. 9:1-11