In the larger sense, God provided physical death for ultimate benefit. However, while man lives on this Earth, he is confronted with the problem of sin.Next Week: Further reasons.
What does the Bible say about justice?Part 1: The LawForty different authors wrote the Biblical text over a period of 1,500 years. But, justice was a recurring idea in both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.In the first five books of Moses, known as the Pentateuch, the term is found eight times in the HCSB.Justice must … Continue reading Social Justice Project #4
Read II Timothy 2:1-10I can name several men who, through the years, have discipled and mentored me. Lynn Riley, Tommy Echols, and John Harp come to mind. If we were to ask Timothy that question, he would certainly name the apostle Paul as the one who discipled him. Timothy was not just a project with … Continue reading Discipleship Minute #8
But, man received the provision of physical death instead. Ultimately, this provision is beneficial to mankind. As Hugh Ross explains,For humans, God uses physical death as one tool for restraining the spread of evil. Wicked people are limited by physical death in the amount of malice and evil they can spread. They are also limited … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 24)
What words do the Biblical writers use for “justice?”In the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the word “justice” is used 150 times. What words did the Biblical writers, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, use for this important term in the original language?Because Biblical Hebrew has few nouns, many words in that language do double … Continue reading Social Justice Project #3
Read John 1:29-42In this passage, John the Baptist took several actions. First, he told those around him about Jesus. “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (v. 29). This was Jesus’s mission. Jesus did and taught a great many things, but He never lost sight of His mission … Continue reading Discipleship Minute #7
Given the physical processes that govern life and are “fixed” (Jer. 33:25), Adam and Eve would have grown old in their physical bodies even if they had not sinned.We can only speculate at this point, but access to the Tree of Life may have been a reward for faithful obedience at the end of their … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 23)
Justice in 166 charactersJustice is the moral quality of individuals receiving fair treatment in their interactions with other individuals and government. It also gives the possibility of redress when violations occur.
God drives the first humans out of the Garden and protects the Tree of Life by angels with swords (Gen. 3:24).Thus, God also removes from man’s grasp the prospect of immortality in his physical existence.God introduces the conditions by which man would die physically.Next Week: The reason for death
IntroductionIn my ministry of apologetics, I have the privilege of answering tough questions from the members of my church. A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in the coffee shop when a friend approached me and said, “What do you think is going on with intersectionality and the SBC?” I admitted that this was … Continue reading Social Justice Project #1