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Ruler of All Nations

(This article is a lightly edited version of a talk originally delivered on June 8, 2003.) Throughout recorded human history runs the thread of human beings trying to rule and control as much of this earth as we are able.

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Posted in All About God, Science Philosophy and History

What if the Quran were the Bible?

Islam is in the news these days—and mostly not in a good way. Unfortunately, the version of Islam that is grabbing the headlines is its violent, fundamentalist wing. The recent attacks by Muslim extremists in Paris and San Bernardino are

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Posted in Current Events, The Bible Re-Viewed

A New Model of Manhood

For several decades now, the women’s movement has successfully challenged traditional notions of the proper roles of women and men. Women have made major inroads into areas of life that were once the exclusive province of men: business, finance, law,

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships

What about Violent Religions? Is God Really Bloodthirsty and Vengeful?

A reader named Jen left this comment on the recent article, What is the Wrath of God? So here is my question: You believe the parts in the Bible about God’s love and God is Love, and all the feel

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Posted in All About God, The Bible Re-Viewed

How can we have Faith when So Many Bad Things happen to So Many Good People? Part 3

Click here for Part 1 of this article. Click here for Part 2 of this article. Part 2 dealt with God’s eternal perspective in creating and governing the universe and the people in it. One of the points made there

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Posted in Pain and Suffering

Kush Sharma and Sophia Hoffman Battle Words, Not Each Other, in Spelling Bee

A week ago in Jackson County, Missouri, an epic spelling bee battle between fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh-grader Kush Sharma finally came to an end. In the first part of the match—which was only meant to have one part—the two went

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Posted in Current Events

Divine Providence, by Emanuel Swedenborg

How can a loving God allow so much evil in the universe? What is the purpose of all the pain and suffering we humans endure? Does God have a plan for us? If you’ve ever wondered how an all-loving and

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Posted in Books and Literature

What is the Source of Human Fragility, Sickness, and Disease?

Here is a spiritual conundrum posed by a reader named Joe: I’m looking for doctrinal statements that deal with the human physical fragility and its source. Is human fragility (sickness, disease, etc.) a consequence of original sin? Is human fragility

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Posted in Pain and Suffering

Money Can’t Buy Happiness . . . But Service Can

It’s a commonplace that money can’t buy you happiness. Studies show that people who win big in the lottery end out no happier than if they didn’t win. Razan Shalab Al-Sham had plenty of money. She grew up as the

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Posted in Current Events, Money and Business

If God is Love, Why all the Pain and Suffering?

How could a loving God allow so much evil? All it takes is a glance at the top stories in the daily news to show us that there is an awful lot of death, destruction, pain, and suffering in our

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Posted in All About God, Pain and Suffering
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