Classical theology and conditional immortality

In Christian discussions about human nature and destiny, conditional immortality is still regarded by some people as a view without a home in historic Christian thought. They might expect us to appeal to emotion or to our sense of fairness and love, but they might not expect us to provide a robust biblical case, and […]

Life Death and Destiny | Near Death Experiences

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( From Chapter Five: The Path to Immortality from Life, Death and Destiny) A DEAD END The so-called immortality of the human soul is a dead end solution to the question of human death. For three reasons. (a) The idea of the immortality of the soul makes no sense. It treats our bodily self as if it were […]

Natural Immortality ? or Conditional?

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by Lerman D’Eon  “ I don’t want  immortality through my movies, I want immortality through not dying” — Woody Allen. When God breathed the breath of life into man’s nostrils, man became a living creature1 , created in the image of God.2 Does this mean that God started a chain of events that guaranteed that […]

The Eternal Purpose Of God: Part 3

Eternal Purpose Of God

Looking To The Future Through The Lens Having experienced one example of using the purpose of God as an interpretive lens ( See The Eternal Purpose Of God: Part 2 ), we look at the important teachings related to the ultimate end of unrepentant wicked people. We will not take an exhaustive view of scripture like Edward Fudge in […]

The Eternal Purpose Of God: Part 2

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The Eternal Purpose of God Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will […]

throwing away the old tent

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Like we did so many times before, my wife and I packed up our cheap, five dollar tent in my expensive backpack, and headed out for a day of tramping and camping. Our favourite place to do this is the Appalachian Trail, over 3,500 kilometres of amazing wilderness, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount […]

Spirit in the Old Testament

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{An extract from Chapter 4 Spirit, from  A Biblical Anthropology by Michael Bieleski.} The nature of the relationship between the body and the soul does not seem to suggest the idea that man possesses an immortal component that survives death. Body and soul can be destroyed together and there was no sense that Jesus expected this destruction […]

The Eternal Purpose Of God: Part 1

What kind of world did God create?

An Interpretive Lens For Viewing Truth! Part 1 The Bible tells the story of God’s grand purpose for creating the world, focusing on His reason for designing humans as free moral agents in His image. This purpose of God is a valuable lens, through which we view many theological realities, especially the nature of eternal destinations. God […]

How fatal was the Fall of Man?

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by Lerman D’Eon Inspector Clouseau, while investigating the theft of the Pink Panther Diamond, was in the process of questioning suspects, when he asked to speak to Mr. So-and-so, and was told that it was impossible because Mr. So-and-so had suffered a fatal accident. Wanting more details, Inspector Clouseau then asked “How fatal?” “Completely fatal” […]

Soul in the New Testament

Charon (Greek) who guides dead souls to the Underworld. 4th century BC. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul

{An extract from Chapter 3 Soul, from  A Biblical Anthropology by Michael Bieleski.} Soul in the New Testament In the New Testament the word “soul” is sometimes used to translate the Greek word psuche. However, psuche is also translated by other words as well. For example, it is translated about forty times1)  in the New Testament […]