Insisting That the Gospels Are Works of Pure History Causes Problemsby Max Aplin
Modern Western Christians often simply assume that the four Gospels are historical in every detail. However, although they are basically historical, they were never intended to be works of pure history. Insisting that they are completely historical leads to dishonest use of the Bible, encourages extremely unnatural interpretations of biblical passages, and puts people off the Christian faith.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 11by Karl Kemp
Much of the discussion here in Part 11 is devoted to God's creation of man ("Let Us [us] make man in Our [our] image" [Gen. 1:26]) and God's plans for man (believers), including His ultimate plans. We also discuss the original vegetarian diet for man and animals and the seventh day (Gen. 2:1-3).
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 10by Karl Kemp
We continue the discussion of the firmament that God created on the second day, above which He placed the large amounts of excess water that was on the earth (Gen. 1:2) when His recreation began. And we discuss God's creation of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day (Gen. 1:14-19).
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 9by Karl Kemp
The first two-thirds of Part 9 are excerpts from Extended Note F, "The Use of 'Day' and the 'Seven Days' in the Creation Account of Genesis 1:1-2:3." Then we come to Gen. 1:7, 8, where God created the firmament and put the excess water on the earth above the firmament. That same water was undoubtedly poured out on the earth at the time of the flood of Noah's day.
You Gave Your Word!by Steve Countryman
John 1:1-5 "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World; Part 8by Karl Kemp
The first two pages are under the heading, "Brief Discussion Regarding the More Traditional Interpretation of these Verses [Gen. 1:1-2:3]." Another heading here in Part 9 is "Some Key Reasons [Six Reasons] for Not Seeing Literal Twenty-Four Hour Days in this Passage."
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 7by Karl Kemp
We finish the study of the Hebrew verb "badal," which means to separate, to distinguish between, etc., which is quite important for the interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3. This verb is used five times in this passage. Then we come to a section titled, "A Discussion Regarding Symbolic/Spiritual Language in the Bible." And finally we begin to discuss God's removing the large amounts of excess water on the earth and putting it above the firmament He makes on the second day.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 6by Karl Kemp
We continue with the study on the symbolic/spiritual use of the words light, darkness, day, and night, which is very important to the interpretation of the creation account of Genesis 1:1-2:3. And we begin a study on the Hebrew verb "badal," "to separate," "to distinguish between," which is used five times in this passage. A proper understanding of this verb is quite important to the interpretation of this creation account.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 5by Karl Kemp
Genesis 1:1 serves as a title for the creation account of Gen. 1:1-2:3. Genesis 1:1 does not speak of God creating all things out of nothing in the absolute beginning; the earth was created and Lucifer fell and was judged before Gen. 1:1. We also begin a study of the frequent and quite important symbolic use of the words "light" and "darkness" in the Bible here in Part 5.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 4by Karl Kemp
I'll include several excerpts that will briefly explain the Cambrian explosion, which is quite important and some excerpts from "Earth's Earliest Ages" by G. H. Pember that was originally published in 1876 that deal with the probable origin of demons. Then we will start a rather thorough verse-by-verse study of Genesis 1:1-2:3.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 3by Karl Kemp
Part 3 continues with some excerpts that help demonstrate that God (the God of the Bible) created our world and the life that exists in it. We did not get here by evolution! We were created by God, who is the only One able to save and the ultimate Judge.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 1by Karl Kemp
This account of God's creation of our world in Genesis 1:1-2:3 is quite important. For one thing, we must know that God (the God of the Bible) is the Creator of all that exists, including the universe, the earth, and man. We must know that we were created by God in His image, that we are fallen beings (see Genesis chapter 3 for a start), and that we are called to repent and submit to God's very generous plan of salvation.
In the Early Church Was It Only Apostles Who Laid on Hands for Spirit Baptism?by Max Aplin
There are Christians who argue in this way: In the early church, only apostles laid on hands for baptism in the Holy Spirit; because there are no apostles today, there is no longer any place for the laying on of hands for Spirit baptism. However, firstly, even if it were the case that only apostles laid on hands for Spirit baptism in the early church, we would still expect others to take over this practice once they were dead. And, secondly, there is in fact substantial evidence that in the early church non-apostles often laid on hands for Spirit baptism.
The Narrow Pathby Steve Countryman
Hebrews 6:1-3 1 "Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so."