Many people assume that because the weekly Sabbath is in the
Ten Commandments, it must therefore be a law for all times and for all people
to keep. They conclude that Christians are obligated to keep the Sabbath as “holy
We cannot make a blanket statement that the law of God or
the Ten Commandments are “done away.” Two of the Commandments tell us not to
commit idolatry or to murder. These laws are not done away.
Editor’s note: We
have two answers to this question. The short answer is first; the second answer
has additional detail.
Question: Prophecies indicate that the Sabbath and
annual festivals will be kept in God’s ideal age (e.g., Isaiah 66:23; Zechariah
14:16-19). Does this prove that the Sabbath and annual festivals must be kept
by his people today?
Jesus told the story of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man to illustrate a point about having an authentic relationship with God. Some believe Jesus meant the parable as a satire of the Pharisees’ belief that they were in a privileged position with God. In that context, the parable would be a statement about their love of privilege and wealth.
An unspoken belief among many Christians is that a dedicated follower of Christ will be immune to misfortune.Tragically, the promulgators of the health, wealth and prosperity gospel misunderstand the Christian life. Faith in Jesus does not guarantee a life free of suffering.
"Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you," wrote Peter (1 Peter 4:12).
People sometimes ask us to explain what the Bible means when it speaks of sin. When they ask about the nature of sin and God's purpose with us, they are asking about a truly cosmic subject. In this short paper we'll discuss the biblical teaching of sin as well as what is called the atonement and spiritual regeneration, because all three are part of the story of God's purpose for us.
We can communicate with God as our Father through the Holy Spirit.
“THIS WEEK,” reported Newsweek magazine, “more [Americans] will pray than will go to work, or exercise, or have sexual relations.” So many Americans say they pray that prayer has become a news item. Newsweek even devoted a cover story to the subject: “Talking to God: An Intimate Look at the Way We