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Answering the Lord’s Invitation

The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. (Matthew 25:1)

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Response to a Calvinist Critique of my article “Faith Alone Does Not Save”

In a recent comment, a reader named Robert B. asked for my response to an article by a Calvinist teacher named John Calahan. That article, which I’ll link for you in a moment, is a critique of my article, “Faith

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The Extreme Weakness of Faith Alone and Penal Substitution

A recent comment on the article, “What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?” led to a multi-part question by a regular reader of this blog named Rami. You can read his comment

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Response to a Christian Universalist: Is There an Eternal Hell? Wouldn’t an All-Powerful God Save All People?

  Christian universalism is the belief that all people will eventually be reconciled to God and be saved, and that there is therefore no eternal hell. It is not the belief that salvation is available to all people if they choose

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If Jesus was God, How was God Still in Heaven?

A few days ago a reader named Annie made this comment here on Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life: I am a Christian who loves Jesus and God. But what I don’t understand is that if Jesus is God, then who

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Does John 3:18 Mean that All Non-Christians Go to Hell?

John 3:16. It’s everywhere. You even see it on placards at football games: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Then there’s

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Why does God Harden our Hearts, and Why are We Held Responsible?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Steve: Dear Lee, Could you help answer this for me? Romans 9:14–23 speaks of God making vessels of honour and vessels of dishonour. Also

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Did Jesus ever actually say, “If you don’t believe in me you will go to hell”?

The question is: Did Jesus ever actually say, “If you don’t believe in me you will go to hell”? Short answer: No, Jesus never actually said that. He did say some things that seem to imply it, and that are

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Doesn’t Ephesians 2:8-9 Teach Faith Alone?

When you’ve been raised to believe something so fundamentally that it forms the basis of your spirituality, it can be quite difficult and disorienting to learn that your belief isn’t supported by the Scriptures or by the facts. This is

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What is the Difference between Justification and Salvation in Swedenborg’s Theology?

In the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), as in other Christian theologies, justification is seen as part of a process that results in our salvation. In a nod to the traditional Christian concept of the ordo salutis (“order of salvation”), Swedenborg

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