Christian Perspective

Christian Perspective from The GBS Ministry Library

Jesus Fulfills the Law

What did Jesus mean when he said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill?” If Jesus has fulfilled the law, why do some Christians think they should still follow some of its teachings? Nathaniel Dear...

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Visiting Iniquities

If a parents’ sins are planted in their children and passed onto the 3rd & 4th generation, what about adoption? Won’t the adoptive parents have to inherit those along with the child? Should we adopt? Sharon Dear Sharon, Four Old Testament texts discuss the sins of...

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Greek New Testament Editions

I have friends deeply concerned about which Greek text an English translation used. I hear them throwing around terms like Textus Receptus, Byzantine/Majority Text, Alexandrian Text, Critical Text.   What do these terms mean, and what does it matter?   David...

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The Importance of Baptism

Just how important is baptism? Do we really need to be baptized today? Ray Dear Ray, In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe...

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Knowledge, Truth & Certainty

How can I know the truth and how can I be certain that I know the truth?   Gordon Dear Gordon, In the first part of my answer, absolute truth was defined as any statement that accurately reflects reality at all times and places. I concluded that when what we...

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Knowledge, Truth and Certainty

What is truth, and how can I know that I know it?   Gordon Dear Gordon, That’s a deep one! Buckle in. There are, I think, three parts to this question: truth, knowledge, and certainty. Let’s begin by getting a handle on the word “truth.” We use the word “truth”...

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Inerrancy & Synoptic Harmonization

Does the inspiration of Scripture means that it has no errors whatsoever, not even historically? Doesn’t it stand to reason that since imperfect men wrote the Bible there would be some slight inconsistencies that however do not detract from its main ideas? For...

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What is Arminianism?

What is Arminianism? I’ve heard you mention the term, but I don’t really know what it means. Adam Dear Adam, First let’s get the spelling issue out of the way. Armenians are people from the country of Armenia. Arminians are people who share the beliefs of a Dutch...

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Divine Sovereignty

What does it mean that God is sovereign? -Dan Dear Dan, I frequently encounter folks in Wesleyan-Arminian circles who are uncomfortable with the doctrine of God’s sovereignty. This is unfortunate, because the sovereignty of God is, I believe, a most soul-comforting...

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Living Above Sin 2

Dear Phil, I have forgotten how to defend our stand on living above sin.  Could help me out and give me scriptures to explain how we as Christians can live a life above willful sin? Lisa Dear Lisa, Let me divide my answer into four parts. (1) What do we mean by ‘sin’?...

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