Monthly Archives: February 2013

A case of spontaneous human combustion in 2013 in Oklahoma

shc

A man in Oklahoma died in a fire. His neighbors saw smoke and thought the man’s trash had caught fire, so they went into his house to check it out. Instead of trash, they saw that he was on fire. There was no other damage in his house. There is no apparent source of flame. Continue reading

The Biblical Significance of “666”

"666" as written in Greek

You know what Doomsday soothsayers have to say about the number “666”, but do you know what the Bible actually says about it? It’s a popular number in doomsday prophecies and apocalyptic movies concerning the occult. It’s commonly associated with Satan and “the antichrist.” But what does the Bible really want us to know about this number? Continue reading

“The law” vs. “The work of the law”

Book of Law

Even unbelievers know that God exists — despite how much they try to deny it. When they look around at his creation, he is revealed to them through the glory of his handiwork. As Paul put it, the visible testifies to the existence of the invisible. (Rom. 1:20) In other ways, still, they know the truth in their hearts because they, despite their rebellion, can loosely grasp right and wrong because the work of the law is written on their hearts. Continue reading

Tithe – Did Jacob give his tithe freely, without being commanded to do so?

Ladder

A previous article looked at whether Abraham tithed freely as a result of God’s promises. This article will examine a similar case: that of Jacob’s tithe. Did he tithe freely, without obligation? Continue reading

Tithe – But didn’t Abraham give his tithe freely, without being commanded to do so?

High Priest

I have argued that I think paying the tithe is still mandatory. The first mention of the tithe was in Genesis 14, when Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek. An argument against the mandatory tithe is that it was not mandatory for Abraham to pay his tithe, that he did so “freely.” The rationale would be that we, too, aren’t required, but should do so freely as we see fit. Let’s examine this. Continue reading