Bible Word Study on Harpazo

Last Updated: October 27, 2022 Introduction One of the many ongoing theological debates in the early part of the 21st century is the rapture. Is it biblical? When will it happen? Does it carry the sense of meeting a dignitary? The goal of this word study is to analyze the occurrences of harpazo (ἁρπάζω), the Greek term behindContinue reading “Bible Word Study on Harpazo

What It Means to Have Eternal Life

When I was growing up, if you asked me what it means to have eternal life, I would have said something like “being in heaven with Jesus.” I think this illustrates how a lot of Christians in America think about eternal life—it is a future experience reserved for us in heaven. This idea is generallyContinue reading “What It Means to Have Eternal Life”

The Only Way to God Is Jesus

There is an old proverb, “all roads lead to Rome.” Tracing back to the 12th century, it refers to the ancient Roman practice of measuring distances from the monument Milliarium Aureum, which translates as “golden milestone.” The proverb means that, for any specific goal, all possible options ultimately lead to that goal.[1] In America’s increasingly post-truth culture,Continue reading “The Only Way to God Is Jesus”

What It Takes to Get to Heaven

In America, the common hope of many people after we die is to go to heaven. There is also a common belief that, if someone is a good enough person, then heaven is the afterlife they deserve. Likewise, if someone is a bad person, instead, hell is their eternal destiny. There is some truth inContinue reading “What It Takes to Get to Heaven”

What It Means to Be a ‘Christian’

Ask a dozen people at random what it means to be a Christian and you are likely to get nearly as many different answers. Some of the most popular responses include having Christian parents, going to church, having certain moral or political views, or living in a certain area. Clearly, much confusion exists in AmericaContinue reading “What It Means to Be a ‘Christian’”

Is the Sabbath for Today?

Introduction One question a lot of Christians have is how to understand the biblical commands about the Sabbath and apply them in their lives. The Ten Commandments tell us that God expected Israel to keep the Sabbath day holy, do no work of any kind and dedicate the day to rest and remembering Him. IsContinue reading “Is the Sabbath for Today?”

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Introduction Many Christians have a lot of questions about the Holy Spirit. Who is He? What does He do? How do I relate to Him? The Bible has answers to many of our questions about the Holy Spirit. The goal of this brief study is to begin to answer these questions by looking at whatContinue reading “Who Is the Holy Spirit?”