Monday, February 15, 2016

Why? A Biblical Explanation for Evil

Why? A Biblical Explanation for Evil


1. Why Does Evil Exist if God is Good?
2. Why Did One Sin Cause all of This?
3. Why the Forbidden Tree in the Garden?
4. Why Didn’t God Destroy Satan? (Part One)
5. Why Didn’t God Destroy Satan? (Part Two)
6. Why Does the Bible Attribute Evil to God?
7. Why is Satan Absent in the Old Testament?
8. Why Did God Create if He Knew?
9. Why Doesn’t God Intervene and Stop Evil?
10. Why So Much Warfare and Bloodshed?
11. Why Did Jesus have to Die for Our Sins?
12. Why Must Sinners Suffer in Hell?
13. Why are Christians Confused about Evil?
14. Why is God Waiting so Long to Destroy Evil?

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Monday, February 1, 2016

God's Word Reveals God's Character

February 1

God’s Word Reveals His Character

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name (Psalm 138:2)

Many people do not really understand what God is saying here because in our Western Society we have no true concept that defines what is meant by a person’s  “name”. In most places the word certainly means “name” as we Westerners understand it (like naming a child “William”) but, and especially in the case with God, it has far more meaning.[1] God is saying in Psalm 138:2 that He places His Word above His reputation. Another way to phrase it is that His Word reveals His reputation or the truth concerning His character and nature.
The Hebrew word for “name” in this passage is shem which means, “reputation, fame, glory” ( The Complete Jewish Bible renders the latter part of the passage, “….for you have made your word [even] greater than the whole of your reputation.” The Strong’s Concordance defines shem, “As a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character” (Strong’s #8034). Jeff A. Benner of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center writes:

“What is God's name? Most will answer with Yahweh or God but we must remember that a name or shem in Hebrew is the character of the individual so the correct question should be ‘What is God’s character?’”[2]

We cannot have any sufficient knowledge of God’s reputation—what He is truly like, what are His characteristics, etc. apart from His Word. Satan knows that the best way to cast aspersions upon God’s character is to attack His Word. Destroying a person’s reputation is as simple as causing people to doubt the truth of what they say. Satan has done this for centuries. Believe what God’s Word says about His character and refuse all teachings and theological concepts that contradict it.

[1] One Hebrew teacher says, “So it’s easy to see why lazy translators will translate SHEM as ‘name’, even where that translation makes no sense at all.” Penton, Glenn The Hebrew Word Shem (Last accessed: May 6, 2014)
[2] Benner, Jeff A. Exodus 20:7, (Last accessed: May 6, 2014)