Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Continuation of Day Seven

Having examined Moses’ construction of the first six days of creation, let us now turn our attention to the seventh day when God rests from His labor. One of the striking features of this day is its lack of closure. Unlike the first six days, day seven has no concluding refrain about this day drawing to an end (“and there was evening and there was morning, ______ day”). As readers, we are left wondering why Moses breaks here from his standard pattern. Why does he not depict this day drawing to a close? Has it not yet ended?

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No Second Chance After Death

Some people believe sinners will have a second chance to become saved after they die. In some cases, they misinterpret a particular Bible verse they think supports this idea. In other cases, they assume that God’s love will compel Him to provide another chance. Such a view contradicts the clear teachings of Scripture. Consider the…

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Heaven for Infants and Young Children Who Die – Part 2

[Ed. Note: In Part 1 we considered: The Universal Need for Salvation; When Do Children Become “Responsible”?; God’s Purpose in Salvation ; No Infants Mentioned in Hell; Jesus and Little Children. We now continue.] The Attributes of God The attributes of God certainly relate to the issue of heaven for those who cannot believe.[1] For…

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Heaven for Infants and Young Children Who Die – Part 1

There is perhaps nothing more difficult in the world than for a parent to bury a child. How heart-wrenching it is for a mother and father to watch as the casket containing their beloved son or daughter is lowered into the ground. Understandably, an issue of great concern to Christian parents relates to the eternal…

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Assessing Personal Visits to Heaven – Part 3

The Connection with Occultism A number of Christian researchers have noted a connection between near-death experiences and occultism. John Ankerberg and the late John Weldon, for example, affirm that the near-death experience is largely one form of the occult out-of-body experience (OBE), in which the soul allegedly leaves the body and travels around the so-called…

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Assessing Personal Visits to Heaven – Part 2

ASSESSING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES In what follows I will first summarize problems with typical near-death experiences (NDEs). I will then discuss the possibility of legitimate NDEs. The goal will be to separate fact from fiction. A Preliminary Observation: These Are Not Final Deaths We begin with the recognition that while these experiences are “near-death” experiences, they…

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Assessing Personal Visits to Heaven – Part 1

A personal visit to heaven has become one of the hottest-selling topics in nonfiction today. Don Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven, Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent’s Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, and Mary Neal’s To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her…

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