Be Like Ezra

Ezra lived at a hinge time in history.  The Babylonians had demolished Judah and captured the people, bringing them to Babylon.  After seventy years, the Persian Empire overtook the Babylonians and permitted the Israelites to return home.  The reason for this traumatic series of events was the people’s idolatry.  God had prophesied through Jeremiah and… read more»

Restoring Authentic Christianity 1

Introduction The information age has opened up incredible opportunities to understand Christianity better.  With unprecedented and unrestricted access to facts and opinions from disparate religious perspectives, sincere Bible students have been increasingly questioning the typical doctrinal packages offered by many Christian groups today.  No longer can the church (Roman Catholic or Protestant) control what people… read more»

Let Us Make Man…

The word “person” has multiple meanings.  In normal conversation, it means simply a human being.  However, in theological terminology (thanks to the council of Nicaea in AD 325), “person” means any being with a mind or consciousness.  According to this definition, God is a person because He (note the personal pronoun) thinks, acts, and feels. … read more»

Dealing with Our Culture 4: Progress

Over the course of time, humanity has made incredible progress.  Slavery was once a widespread and accepted institution, but it is almost universally outlawed today.  Workers’ rights, including child labor and equal opportunity employment, have made great strides in the last century.  The realm of medicine has made remarkable progress over the last couple of… read more»

Dealing with Our Culture 3: Tolerance

Tolerance, as our culture defines it, is the idea that people should have the freedom to be themselves.  You shouldn’t try to change people or hold them to your standards.  You certainly shouldn’t push your religion on others.  Faith is a private matter, so proselytizing is immoral.  You shouldn’t label, define, or stereotype people.  Since… read more»