Hasty Doctrines

If we’re going to study our Bibles properly, we have to develop a robust and consistent method of gleaning concise doctrine from the Bible. One fact is clear and needs repeating: you cannot use stories as foundations for a doctrine. Or to use more formal language, you cannot deduce a prescription from a description. Biblical […]

Ancient Jewish Quotations Regarding “Whole World”

is an easy verse to misunderstand:

[+] He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. ()

Here’s Webster’s definition for “propitiation”:

PROPITIATION, n. propisia’shon. 1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended […]

Sermon on the Mount or Sermon on the Plain?

Every now and then I’ll run into people (usually Dispensationalists) who insist that the Sermon on the Mount () is a different occasion than (a passage they refer to as “The Sermon on the Plain”).

The Sermon on the Mount – Carl Bloch, 1890

When they compare the two, they see two completely different […]

Heaven’s Opinion of Hell

What do people in heaven think of people in hell?

Can people in heaven see people in hell and vice-versa?

While many within conservative Christianity prefer not to think about the question (and who can blame them?), the Bible actually addresses this question with some consistency. Here are a few passages worth considering.

On one […]

Heaping Burning Coals

Studying Revelation in BSF has kinda put a different spin on Romans for me. Check out these passages [with comments]:

[+] … I saw under the *altar* the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a […]

A Hermeneutic Test for Psalms 51