Your E-mails: February 2022

Your E-mails: February 2022

Jesus says a lot about hell fire and brimstone as the punishment for the wicked. Why don’t Christadelphians believe in it? ED: JESUS MADE IT CLEAR that when he returns there will be a judgement of those who know the Gospel. And he described this judgement in very colourful ways: But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. (Matthew 5:21–22). The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:41–43).

Bread From Heaven

Bread From Heaven

AN EMINENT PSYCHOLOGIST has promoted the idea that people have a hierarchy of needs. By this he means that some human needs are basic to existence, and take precedence over everything else. Others are less vital, and only begin to be important to a person when they have satisfied the basic ones. One of the most fundamental needs of all, he said, is food. He pointed out that a starving person will steal, fight, and even kill to satisfy his hunger, overcoming all his normal, civilized restraints. Hunger Strikes! Well, the people of Israel began to go hungry, six weeks after leaving Egypt. The euphoria of the escape from slavery had worn off, and many miles of footslogging across a bleached, sterile wilderness had tried their patience. Now a serious threat hung over them. The supplies of grain and dried food they had brought with them from Egypt were dwindling

Romans

Romans

PAUL SENT THIS LETTER from Corinth during his third missionary journey. He hoped to come to Rome (15:22–29), but when he eventually came it was as a prisoner to await trial before the Emperor Nero (see Acts 28:17–20). Romans is Paul’s magnificent summary of the way God’s righteousness is shown in the death of Jesus Christ; how salvation is by God’s grace, and is dependent on faith, not on the works of the law; and that it is available to Gentiles as well as Jews. Israel in God’s Purpose Now that the Law of Moses has been fulfilled, some were asking “has God rejected his people?” (11:1). With obvious emotion, Paul points out that the Jews, if they believe, are most certainly still within God’s purpose —‘to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises’ (9:4). Using the symbol of

Who Will Be In the Kingdom of God?

Who Will Be In the Kingdom of God?

THE GOSPEL is about the Kingdom of God. That is what Jesus and the apostles preached (Mark 1:14–15; Acts 28:30–31). It is what disciples died for. We know the names of some people who will be in the Kingdom. For example, Jesus named ‘Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets’ (Luke 13:28). He also said of the faithful apostles: … when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28). Hebrews chapter 11 lists faithful people (in the Old Testament) who were, and still are, dead awaiting the fulfilment of God’s promises. They will be in this kingdom (Hebrews 11:4–16 and 39–40). Immortal Saints In order to live in the Kingdom, all of these named, and many more unnamed, faithful people need to be raised from the dead.

Saul on the Damascus Road

Saul on the Damascus Road

This must be one the most amazing and moving stories in the Bible—except for the life of the Lord Jesus. It is a story of power, zeal, religious passion and hatred, and it ends with humility, grace and love. You may be more familiar with Saul by his later name—the Apostle Paul. To fully appreciate the incident we need to examine his background, and very interesting it is. Saul was born in Tarsus in the province of Cilicia, said to be ‘no obscure city’ (Acts 21:39). By birth a Jew of impeccable pedigree, his father a Pharisee, a Roman citizen. He quoted this when arrested (Acts 16:37, 22:25–26). It was the Jewish custom to teach boys a manual trade, and Saul was a tent maker (Acts 18:3). He would have left his home as a young man and gone to Jerusalem, where he would be educated in the Jewish laws

Climate Change

Climate Change

WE HEAR SO MANY promises of changes yet to be, but the evidence of climate change is here for all to see. The greed of mankind caused this, and our planet groans in pain; can governments be trusted to restore the earth again? Can we trust mere mortals to restore what nature badly needs? I think we have to turn to God, if only we will read. It’s all there in His written word, but so few want to know. They think that they can solve the mess, but time will surely show. It must cause grief to God to see the wickedness of man. He sent His Son to save us, and look at what we’ve done! The kingdoms of the earth, we’re told, by God alone are ruled.1 Things will get worse until at last by God, the earth is cooled. You may well ask how this will

The Environmental Crisis

The Environmental Crisis

THE PLANET IS IN PERIL, and something needs to be done about it. It is generally agreed that the temperature of the earth’s surface is rising, along with the temperature of the oceans. Polar ice and glaciers are melting. Sea levels are rising, presenting a danger to low-lying land, and the world is experiencing a dramatic increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms. It is also generally agreed that climate change is due to humans loading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as a result of burning fossil fuels, intensive agriculture and deforestation, and modern industrial processes. And most experts agree that unless swift action is taken to limit the rise in global temperature there will be an environmental catastrophe. The 2021 COP26 Climate Summit established targets which nations are working towards. All over the world concerned people are taking action, in a

Your E-mails: January 2022

Your E-mails: January 2022

In issue 1650 you asked the question ‘Does the Bible encourage violence?’ Yes it does. Proverbs 23:13: ‘Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.’ The Bible encourages violence against children! Ed WHY IS IT THAT parents and carers— those who should be looking after children—become violent towards them? There may be various reasons. Life can be stressful, and sometimes people will vent their frustration on their children (because they’re an easy target). Children can be exasperating and can drive their parents to lash out at them. There are some people who simply take satisfaction in bullying those who cannot retaliate. Whatever the reason, violence against children is always horrible. The Bible advocates physical discipline. (Often this is known by the general term ‘smacking’.) This is entirely different from violence, and it is unhelpful when the two are confused. Children

Saving Your Life

Saving Your Life

CONSIDER THIS: if you were suffering with a life-threatening illness and you were offered a medicine which was a known cure—would you not take it? The Bible offers a cure that will save your life. And more than that, this cure can give you eternal life. How can this be, you might ask? Let’s look at how the Bible, the Word of God, promises eternal life in a perfect world. To do this we must examine a few passages to see what this entails. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he

The Bombardier Beetle

The Bombardier Beetle

A BOMBARDIER is a type of soldier. The bombardier beetle was given its name because of the intricate and deadly mechanism in its tail with which it defends itself. At the end of the beetle’s tail is a tube 1, which is basically a gun barrel. Behind the barrel is a chemical factory. A pair of glands 2 manufacture hydroquinine and hydrogen peroxide, which are stored in reservoirs3. When the beetle wants to open fire these chemicals are loaded into a combustion chamber filled with water4, and mixed with two other chemicals—catalases and peroxidases— which are secreted by glands in the transfer duct5. This causes a reaction which instantaneously heats the water in the combustion chamber and causes it to be ejected as a boiling spray of noxious steam. The spray can reach to 200 times the beetle’s length, and can be aimed in any direction with pinpoint accuracy. It is a superbly