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  • Does the Bible say anything about cremation?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 02, 2011 Category: Articles

    No. Cremation, however, may have something to say about the Bible. The proper handling of human bodies after death is not something the Bible expressly deals with.  There are sundry ceremonial laws in the Old Covenant about touching dead bodies, but no instruction on what to do with these bodies. As such we need to be careful not to condemn what the Bible does not condemn. How though, could cremation speak to the Bible? Keep Reading
  • Humility: In the Name of Love

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 27, 2011 Category: Articles

    One of the deepest theological and exegetical conundrums is found in Mark 13:32- "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” We know that Jesus, touching on His humanity, was not omniscient. But we don’t know how it could be possible for God the Son not to know. That may not be what Jesus is saying, but it sure seems that way. This we do know, that it is a good thing from time to time for even the most astute theologians to find themselves giving this most astute answer to some hard questions: I don’t know. Keep Reading
  • Harold Camping: False Prophet?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 19, 2011 Category: Articles

    As I type we are still days away from the purported rapture of the church, as predicted by Bible teacher and radio guru Harold Camping. Though his first prediction, that Jesus would return in 1994 failed, that hasn’t kept him from predicting, nor his followers from expecting that Jesus would come for His own May 21, 2011. Which raises the question- when the sun rises again on May 22, are we warranted in concluding that Harold Camping is a false prophet? The Bible, after all, says that one way to distinguish the false from the true prophet is to see if their prophecies come true. What God speaks happens. What men predict usually does not. Keep Reading
  • How Do We Learn to Best Pick Our Battles?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 14, 2011 Category: Articles

    The devil, who is more crafty than any of the beasts of the field is well aware of the nature of our warfare. He knows that eternity is at stake, and delights first to make us forget the reality of the war. As we identify with the world we lose sight of the antithesis, and find ourselves at home in Babylon. If, however, we are rightly conscious of the battle, such doesn’t mean we are rightly focused on the issues that matter most.  If the devil can distract us, encourage us to focus our energies on peripheral issues, it’s almost as good for him as if we weren’t fighting at all. Keep Reading
  • Imputation, Infusion and Eternal Consequence: A Parable

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 10, 2011 Category: Articles

    It is an unfair, gross distortion to hold that Rome teaches justification by works, while we Protestants teach justification by faith.  The more accurate distinction recognizes on both sides the necessity of the work of Christ. Rome affirms that His righteousness is necessary for our salvation, that without it we are without hope. That righteousness, however, becomes ours through infusion. Protestants affirm also that His righteousness is necessary for salvation, that we have no hope without it. It, however, becomes ours through imputation. Keep Reading
  • Why was Jesus raised from the dead?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 24, 2011 Category: Articles

    It is a good thing to enter into the pathos of the disciples during those dark days between the crucifixion and the resurrection.  It is easy for us to forget that they haven’t read the rest of the story. We live on this side of the resurrection, and its explication in Scripture. We have Truth revealed. They had only anguish and uncertainty.  They had lost their Lord. Their trouble, however, was not ultimately that they missed Jesus. Their heartache was rooted in something more substantial than personal sadness. Keep Reading
  • Grace Unknown, or, It’s a Wonderful Life

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 12, 2011 Category: Articles

    My dear wife is about in the middle of her treatment for her leukemia. Step one they call inception chemo. That involves roughly a month in the hospital with intense chemo. She made it through that and was happily found to be in remission. Now she goes once a month for a week of chemo, what they call consolidation chemo. The goal here is for remission to stick. Keep Reading

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