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Tough Topics Explained


What is Eternal Life? How to gain the Gift of Eternal Life
What is Eternal Life? How to gain the Gift of Eternal Life

When God created men and women in His image, He created them to live in partnership forever with Him as they ruled over the earth. But when our first parents disobeyed God, they broke relationship with Him. The result of their sin was “death”—separation from God and the eternal destiny/purpose for which they were created.

Eternal Life: Receiving the Gift vs Inheriting the Prize
Eternal Life: Receiving the Gift vs Inheriting the Prize

The Gift of Eternal Life is living forever with God as a member of His eternal family.

What is Hell? Hades and Tartarus in the Bible
What is Hell? Hades and Tartarus in the Bible

Hades/Sheol is a temporary holding place of the dead until the final judgment. Within Hades are two separated regions: a place of coolness and comfort for the good people which is called, “Abraham’s Bosom”; and a place of agony for the wicked. This region of agony within Hades may be the same place as “Tartarus.”

What is Hell? Gehenna and the Outer Darkness
What is Hell? Gehenna and the Outer Darkness

Gehenna and the Outer Darkness are cultural illustrations that describe the shame-filled, bitter, sorrowful experience of a believer in Jesus at his judgment if he is unfaithful. The tragic situations Gehenna depicts are the worst thing a believer who has the Gift of Eternal Life  can experience. Gehenna is Hebrew, “Hinnom Valley,” transliterated to Greek, and refers to a valley adjoining Jerusalem that is used as an illustration.

What is Hell? The Eternal Punishment and The Lake of Fire
What is Hell? The Eternal Punishment and The Lake of Fire

The Lake of Fire is the final destination for the devil and his angels. It is also where humans whose names are not written in the Book of Life shall be cast (Revelation 20:15). The Eternal Punishment (which is likely the same place as the Lake of Fire) is where unbelievers in Jesus will be condemned to spend eternity. 

Suzerain-Vassal Treaties
Suzerain-Vassal Treaties

The ancient Near East had a widespread type of covenant known as a Suzerain-Vassal Treaty. In these treaties, the “suzerain,” or superior ruler, promised blessings for loyalty and obedience, and cursings for rebellion. We can find archaeological evidence for these treaties in modern-day Turkey, which was once the home to the Hittite Empire.

Overcomers
Overcomers

Revelation promises an extra special blessing in the next life to the one who “overcomes.” The book of Revelation is written in order to exhort believers in Jesus, “His servants,” to understand that this blessing is available, and that it requires His servants to “read,” “hear” (understand), and “heed” (obey) the words Jesus conveys through His Revelation.

The Temple
The Temple

In Hebrew, the temple is called the “Beit Hamikdash” which means “the holy house.” It was intended to be God’s earthly dwelling place.

The Four Languages of Jesus’s Judea
The Four Languages of Jesus’s Judea

Jews of Jesus’s day were multilingual. To varying degrees they understood Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.

Biblical Fatherhood
Biblical Fatherhood

One of the most powerful truths for Christians is summed up by Paul in Romans 8:14-16. He writes that all who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God.

The Spirit vs. The Flesh
The Spirit vs. The Flesh

The Flesh and the Spirit are complete opposites. Our most fundamental choice as believers is choosing each day, each moment, which to obey.

Creation
Creation

“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

Covenants in the Bible
Covenants in the Bible

A covenant is a contract, a treaty, a ritual agreement or alliance between two parties. It formally binds the two parties together in a relationship, on the basis of mutual personal commitment, with consequences for keeping or breaking the covenant.

Founding Paradox
Founding Paradox

Philosophical systems based on logic can never explain their founding paradox. An example is the relativist’s belief that “all things are relative”. The proposition that “all things are relative” is only true if it is true all the time.

Money and Possessions
Money and Possessions

The Bible is neutral toward riches. It is our attitude toward riches and the way in which they are used that is celebrated or condemned.

Son of Man
Son of Man

Jesus often used the phrase Son of Man to reference Himself. In total, the four gospels will use the term Son of Man eighty-four times.