Enoch and Elijah: Are they Dead or in Heaven? – Christian Article

The question of Enoch’s and Elijah’s demise is still argued by scholars and lay people after all these thousands of years, since their biblically recorded disappearance. Enoch was the father of Methuselah and ancestor of Noah, and the author of the apocalyptic Book of Enoch. He vanished, literally, after only 365 years of life. Besides being mentioned in Genesis, he is also referenced in the New Testament (see: Luke 3:37; Hebrews 11:5; Jude 1:14-15). Now, unusual for biblical characters, Elijah…

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Do You Raise Your Hands in Church? – Christian Article

“Why do some people raise their hands in Church?” This is a question or subject that comes up occasionally in general conversation and even from within my own family. For many, this ‘hand raising’ is rather odd if they attend conservative denominational church services. Although more common today than the middle of the last century during my youth, it still draws questionable attention from older members of orthodox Churches. We will get to the reason for raising hands in a…

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Just thinking out loud about this Coronavirus and the Bible — Is there something suspicious going on? – Christian Article

I always enjoy listening to other people’s ideas and thoughts, because one never knows when something may be heard that was never considered before. If someone has a better idea or a better grasp of some issue, knowing what they think helps me, too. And sometimes, knowing more about them, I am able to offer any needed help. Jesus liked to listen to understand another person’s perspective. He honestly appreciated learning about people’s concerns, values, and spiritual condition (example: Luke…

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The Apostles’ Creed — Why does it say Jesus Descended into Hell? – Christian Article

Part of the Apostles’ Creed of the Roman Catholic Church, in its latest translation of texts, states that Jesus “ . . . was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead. . . .” For about fifteen hundred years the Apostles’ Creed stated Jesus had visited hell for a short time after his death. Could this be correct? If it is, then why did he go there? Our…

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When the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Ride — Revelation 6 – Christian Article

Throughout two thousand years of Christian history, and several hundred years longer in Jewish history, the idea of an apocalypse has been studied. This predicted cataclysm is a series of earth-wide events, preceding God’s destruction of the evil ruling powers impacting humanity. Although previously implied and even promised, these events are symbolically described in detail in a revelation from Jesus to the Apostle John, recorded in what is commonly called the Book of Revelation. After being exiled to the small…

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Cannibalism – What Does the Bible Say? – Christian Article

Someone would be hard-pressed to imagine something more troubling or macabre than the taboo of eating human flesh. Now, in the animal kingdom, cannibalism is fairly common and found in more than fifteen hundred species, but this activity is rare in humans, just maybe not as rare as you might expect. Once, during a study about difficult passages in the Bible, someone said, “I don’t understand how people can eat another person. God plainly says it is forbidden.” Well, that…

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Our Future After Death — Resurrection on Earth or Life in Heaven? – Christian Article

This was a rather difficult article to write, because there are so many Christians with opposing opinions. Serious debates covering this topic produce anxiety, and many lay people show signs of agitation discussing this subject. I know, because I’ve seen, heard, and been involved with it all. I’ve been called sacrilegious, profane, and anti-Christian in my opinions and even, once, someone implied that I am a minister of the devil — “Exactly what kind of minister are you, anyway?” a…

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Anger Management: A Christian Perspective – Christian Article

The Bible tells us of two opposing groups of spiritual emotions, desires, and acts. There is a good or nice group which we should strive to emulate and the other, a bad or evil one of which we should choose to reject. On the good side are the ‘fruits of the spirit’: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” (Galatians 5:22b-23, NRSV).1 Opposite these spiritual niceties are the evil ‘works of the flesh’ which are bad or…

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the Snake in Genesis 3 — was it Satan or Not? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

As I get older and my knees hurt more, I use a walking cane to help me get around. I thought that a really nice one would be fun to have when leaving the house and going someplace special. In my grandfather’s day, he would have called it his “Sunday-go-to-meeting cane.” Since on our wedding anniversary, my wife and I exchange personal gifts, I thought I would bring this idea up to her, as our special date was approaching. “Mary,”…

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Paul’s Trip to Philippi — the Story of Lydia, the Demon, and Jail – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

The Book of Acts, according to tradition, was written by the apostle Luke from his personal experiences and those of people he knew. There are, however, academics that believe another source of authorship should be considered, but that is not our focus at this time. Our study will concern chapter 16 of Acts, which includes a journey of Paul, Silas, and Timothy to Macedonia. First, let us learn a little background information. Paul had neither required Gentile converts to be…

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When & How Do People Get Their Souls? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Most Christians believe in something called a human soul that survives death. The questions of when and how a person obtains that soul, whatever it is, have been discussed and debated throughout Christian history. It is no different today, especially for those who are trying to determine abortion law. Although atheists don’t believe in God, they will certainly use the Bible for reference, if its scripture can be twisted to their advantage. Even using the same book, Christians find a…

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A Study in John 3 — and that Snake on a Pole Thing – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and prominent member of the Sanhedrin, came one night to visit Jesus and discuss his new religious doctrine. Now, a Pharisee was a member of a Jewish sect noted for strict observance of the rites and ceremonies of the written law — that of the law of Moses as well as Jewish oral traditions concerning the law.1 The Sanhedrin, headed by a High Priest, was the supreme council and tribunal of the Jews and had religious, civil,…

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Do We go to Heaven when We Die? Do People see Heaven during a Near Death Experience? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

I recently received a letter from a visitor to our website who was writing because an article conflicted with what they had been taught. She wrote, “Jesus said ‘I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.’ I’ve always been taught that place would be in heaven. But your article leads me to…

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The Loneliest Whale in the World – Home – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This morning I read an article about “The Loneliest Whale in the World.” As I read it, I was struck by how much the plight of this whale spoke to the reality that many of us live in. You see, this whale, unlike other whales, was a loner. While most whales, even whales of this same species, usually travel in groups, this whale travels alone… and has for decades. I’m certain that many of us can relate. I know that…

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There is Something Strange about Jesus’ Death! What Happened in Matthew 27:52-53? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Jesus died–the veil was torn–there was an earthquake–and immediate resurrection of saints! The remarkable events recorded in some verses of Matthew 27, which occurred at the very moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, have been passionately debated for years. Scholars are ‘all over the map,’ so to speak, about what is really meant by this short description in the Bible’s first Gospel. (50)”Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. (51)At that moment the curtain…

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Wacky Physics or God’s Design? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Science Reveals God’s Majesty Series. I do not believe that science is the enemy of faith, but that science and Christian doctrine can be accommodated together. So all through my life I studied science and feel what I’ve learned has given me a better and closer relationship with my heavenly Father. In a book titled Is God a Scientist? it states: “In the past scientists have said that God has two books, one of…

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Is it Karma? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); The other day, someone I know was relating something that happened in a department store parking lot. He was waiting as an automobile backed out and left a parking space, but before he could drive his car into the space himself, another vehicle approaching from the other direction zipped into it. Sound familiar? When things happen, such as this, another life situation appears where one must make a quick decision. You can verbally express…

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What does ‘Covet’ Mean? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); The Ten Commandments are ten principles given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai after the enslaved Israelites were delivered out of Egypt. These ten major rules were written upon two tablets of stone and called the Decalogue,1 but best known as the Ten Commandments. These commandments are listed in the Bible in two forms, which exhibit some variations. They can be found at Exodus 20:2–17 and Deuteronomy 5:6–18.2 Although some people believe that…

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How Should I Begin Studying the Bible? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); I am often asked by new Christians, “How should I go about studying the Bible?” Many pastors will just say come join one of their Bible study groups, and this is usually good advice, because there will be several people available to help newcomers get started or even take them “under their wing” as the study moves along. Some newcomers may feel intimidated or overwhelmed with this approach, but there are other less stressful…

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What Kind of Christian are You? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); This article is neither a deep Bible study nor one that unveils a mysterious biblical event. It is just a reflection of my own inner thoughts about how I look at religion and Christianity and how I observe and catalog Christians in particular. First, let’s have a short overview of religious beliefs and the many divisions. Some people believe in a god, and some don’t. Some really aren’t sure of what they believe, but…

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Lies and Delusions – What Not to Trust for Salvation – Christian Article

Tweet Salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone. Though there are so, so many other things that people tell you that you can to do to gain eternal life. Here are just a few that I have found as I looked into what are considered lies and delusions and what NOT to trust for salvation. You Got All the Time in the World Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance,…

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“Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness?” – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

This article is short, but truly a study on the fringe of Christianity, something I am known to present. But it is just a study and examination of what a few others suppose. It is not suggested as doctrine or dogma — it is just something to make you think “outside of the box” and presented to stimulate your brain. Whether you believe any of it or not has little bearing upon your relationship with our Creator, but it will…

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Does Your Character Speak of Your Christianity? – Christian Article

Tweet No matter what is happening in your life, do people know to whom you belong? Do they look at you and see just another human making it through life? Do you display traits and behavior that point to Christ? Really, does your character speak of your Christianity? If not, make a resolution to change your ways today. We can say that we are a Christian, but what does that mean? Here…

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