Author: Robert Alan King

The Reign of Death Over Mankind: Romans 5:12-14

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, even so death passed through into all men because all sinned; for before the law sin was in the world. Now sin is not reckoned when there is no law, yet death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who was a type of the one who was to come. (Rom 5:12-14, my translation) This passage can be difficult to understand and has been interpreted in various ways by commentators and scholars. The...

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The Babylonian Sun Amulet Dupe

There is a teaching among Seven Day Adventists and others in various forms of literature and websites that assert the ancient Babylonians used sun amulets that included sun-squares on their face. These sun-squares (aka magic squares) consist of 36 squares (6 x 6), each numbered as designated with one of the numbers ranging from 1 to 36. The significance is that adding six numbers wherever one can horizontally, diagonally or vertically adds up to 111, so that then adding the six rows or columns that each equal 111 always equals the total of 666 (however, adding all number from...

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Muhammad’s Anti-Semitism

Muhammad considered Jews as “People of the Book” and initially held a somewhat favorable view of them. However, somewhere along the way in his self-declaration as a prophet, his attitude toward the Jews changed for the worse. Muhammad’s Jewish Enemies What I find extremely interesting about Muhammad’s relationship with the early Jews was that many of them rejected his teachings and constantly sided with his enemies, especially in Yathrib (Molloy 428). Molly tells us that he eventually killed or banished these Jewish enemies (Molloy 428). This clash with the Jews over his religious claims and their treachery in siding...

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The Sending Out of the Apostles and the Coming of the Son of Man

But when they persecute you in this city, flee to another, for assuredly I say to you, you will certainly not finish [going through] the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. (Matt 10:23 EASV) This passage has resulted in a lot of confusion among many Christians. However, it must be examined in its context to properly understand what is going on here. First off, this is not talking about the return of Jesus Christ at his second coming. It cannot be a reference to the second coming of Christ because by that time the Gospel will...

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Understanding Love and Hate in the New Testament

There has been a lot of confusion in properly understanding certain passages that refer to “love” in the New Testament, especially in the matters where love is contrasted with hate. The reason for this is that the English definitions of “love” and “hate” do not fully convey the exact meaning of the Greek words from which they derive. It is my hope that this article will help other Christians better understand what is meant by the New Testament writers when they use one of the Greek words for “love,” especially when they set up a contrast between two objects...

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Bible Verse of the Day

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

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