Joel's Articles Published Online (May and June 2012)
The wrong choice made by
Abraham’s nephew Lot
June 27, 2012
It is human nature to make mistakes from time to time. But some of them can come back to haunt us later in life. Lot left us an
example which should cause all to strive to avoid. Lot was a...
Searching for gems from the book
June 7, 2012
The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, is almost indescribable. It is unlike any other book and has fascinated readers for
centuries. Some leave it somewhat puzzled concerning its message. Yet it is recognized to be the writing of one who...
Pondering the Bible's unpardonable
or eternal sin
June 4, 2012
Every Bible student has heard of the unpardonable sin and many and diverse views exist concerning it. In order to rationalize the
subject, we need to read it and consider the circumstances under which it was mentioned.Jesus and his...
Clarifying Biblical references to the
June 2, 2012
Christians of today are well aware of the vast difference in the Holy Bible and its message, to that of mythology. The fact that the
term “unicorn” is found in the King James Version of the Bible causes...
Intelligent Design and what the bible
says about it
May 29, 2012
There is much talk and disagreement concerning the universe and “Intelligent Design”. Those who accept the biblical writings as
truth, have proclaimed the theory of Intelligent Design for many centuries even though the term was not used until...
Examining the good and bad points
of Jacob’s life
May 21, 2012
The following of the life of Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel, begins with some unusual and questionable aspects.
Remember that God had spoken to Abraham years before the birth of Jacob, and promised him that his seed...
Examining the biblically intended roles
May 19, 2012
There are extremely different views taken by various people as to what the Holy Bible says and, perhaps more so what it means,
concerning the descriptive roles for both men and women. Those scriptures concerning the roles intended for women...
Living life as the biblical account indicates Cain lived
May 15, 2012
To fully understand Cain, many things must be considered. After all, he was the third person to have life on this earth, and the first
one to have been born naturally. Of course his brother Abel was not far behind...
Examining the authority of the
May 13, 2012
Many people have argued that the teachings of Jesus’ apostles were their own opinions and some even contradicted the teachings
of Jesus. Those thoughts and presumptions are simply false. We’ll examine the scriptures to prove that they...
Why a Christian should not swear by an
May 10, 2012
It is not unusual to read of some Old Testament character swearing an oath. And, they were held accountable by those oaths. But
Jesus, in his famous sermon on the mount, gives us a new view of them and what...
Examining the reasons Jesus
was to be born in Bethlehem
May 7, 2012
Joseph and Mary did not live in Bethlehem. They lived in the city of Nazareth in Galilee. Joseph was a native of the Bethlehem area
and therefore was accounted as being from there and the decree issued by Caesar Augustus...
Examining reasons God chose
to reveal himself to man
May 4, 2012
The reason God determined to create the universe and mankind is very simple. He wanted to do so. And the basic reason he
revealed himself to mankind is also very simple an the answer is the same. But this answer...
Examining the mystery of God’s
May 3, 2012
One of the most difficult things for humans to be able to understand is the unlimited attributes of God. His ability to be present under
any and all circumstances and locations, challenge the human’s mind. The reason is...
Gleaning lessons from the life of Naaman
May 2, 2012
There are many types in the Old Testament with a corresponding anti-type in the New Testament. Far too many to have occurred
coincidentally. They were guided by God to form lessons for the coming age of Christianity. The story...
Gleanings from the life of
Zacharias, father of John the baptist
May 1, 2012
Almost invariably, names of Old Testament characters had their own special meaning. They are found, in many cases to be spelled
differently and that also is often meant to alter the meaning somewhat. Variations are plentiful for the name Zachariah...