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

(Note: This post is a slightly edited version of an answer I originally wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) The question is: Did Jesus ever actually

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Marriage in the Resurrection: The Deeper Meaning

Are you in a happy marriage that you hope will continue forever in heaven? Has your beloved husband or wife died, and you hope and pray that you will be able to rejoin him or her when it comes your

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, Spiritual Growth, The Afterlife

Didn’t Jesus Say There’s No Marriage in Heaven?

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus did not say that there’s no marriage in heaven. What he did say is that people who achieve eternal life don’t get married in the afterlife. There’s a big difference! Further, marriage in Jesus’ day

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A Star in the East

For a video reading of this article on YouTube, click here. Matthew 2:1–12 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the

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God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks? – Part 3

(This is Part 3 of my response to the article, “God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks,” by J. H. McKenna. For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.) Points 6–11 of Dr. McKenna’s article deal with human experience of and

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Is the God of the Qur’an the Same God as the God of the Bible?

Here is a question that was recently asked on Islam StackExchange: What is the difference between the Christian God and the Muslim God? Is the God of the Qur’an the same god as the God of the Bible? You can

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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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The Evangelicals are Right: The World IS Coming to an End!

Ever since the time of Jesus, Christians (not to mention various other groups) have been predicting the end of the world. The Essenes believed that the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 66–70 AD was the end-time battle. And as

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Posted in Science Philosophy and History, The Bible Re-Viewed

What is the Source of the Belief that the Deceased become Angels?

(Note: This post is a slightly edited version of an answer I originally wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the

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

(Note: This post is a slightly edited version of an answer I recently wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) In the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772),

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