Salvation

Predestination and Free Will are Partners

The Bible contains many apparent conflicts and some of these were discussed in the July, September, and October Wake Up Reports. This month we will consider another textual conflict. This conflict can be resolved so that all Bible passages are harmonious, but the resolution does not come easy. I would like to begin this article by…

Death

Eternal Hell, Baptism of the Dead, and Who Went to Heaven

Eternally Burning Hell (Continued) Last month we examined a few Bible verses used to support the idea of an eternally burning hell. This month we will consider a few more verses on this topic before moving on to other conflicts. To begin this study, please consider a critical point: The Bible is like the human…

Hell

Conflicting Bible Texts About Eternal Hell

In the July 2015 Wake Up Report, we examined a textual conflict in Philippians 1:20-26. This month, we will consider another textual conflict – Eternally Burning Hell. Perhaps the most difficult textual conflict in Scripture concerns God’s punishment of the wicked. Millions of Christians assume the wicked will languish with the devil in hell forever….

Morality

Same Sex Marriage – The Created Versus the Creator

(Due to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage (June 26, 2015), Part II of the study on confronting textual conflicts has been postponed until next month.) The Supreme Court of the United States now has clearly stated that same-sex marriage is now permissible in all 50 states and marriage between a man and a woman…

Hell

Conflicts In Bible Texts About Heaven and Hell

Bible students occasionally are troubled by Bible passages that seem to be in conflict with other verses. I believe this “textual conflict” in the Bible is deliberate, beneficial, and purposefully frustrating. God uses these conflicts to motivate sincere Bible students to keep studying so they obtain a deeper understanding of His Word. Since God speaks…