What Was The Promised Land In The Bible?


What was the Promised Land all about concerning Israel’s crossing over into it? Why is this important for us to know about today?The Promise to Abraham Long before Israel even existed, God called Abram (later, changed to Abraham) and told him that He would make him into a great nation (Gen 12:2) and that the families of the earth would be blessed on account of him (Gen 12:3). Later, God told Abram “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him … [Read more...]

What Was The Golden Calf In The Bible?


What was the golden calf all about in the Book of Exodus? Why was this such a grievous sin?Idolatry Idolatry can be described as the worship of a physical object or image-worship or divine honor paid to any created object by someone or others. Idolatry has been described as occurring when you look down at the fruit of your own labor and see the statue that you carved yourself, and then you worship it. It could be a blind or excessive devotion to something like money, job, family, video … [Read more...]

What Is The Canon In The Bible?


What does the “canon” have to do with the Bible? What is the relation to the canon and the books of the Bible?The Canon of Scripture The word “canon” comes from the Greek (κανών) and means "rule" or "measuring stick” and they were using this term as a way to see if the books that were suggested to be included in the Bible would “measure up” to the biblical standards of what books were already accepted. Not all books suggested to be canonized were included in the Bible and for very good reaso … [Read more...]

What Is The Apocalypse In The Bible?


What is the Apocalypse mentioned in the Bible? Why is it important enough to know?The Apocalypse The word apocalypse doesn’t appear in most translations but the word revelation does. For example, the Greek word for revelation is “apokalypsis” which means “laying bare, making naked,” or “revealing” something like a curtain opening so that what is behind the curtain can be seen. In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John writes that Jesus Christ is the One Who does the revealing “The revelati … [Read more...]

What Is The Leviathan In The Bible?


What was the Leviathan in the Bible? What could this creature have been? How does the Hebrew language help us find out?Self-Righteous Job In Job 41:1 God asks Job a rhetorical question, “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?” The obvious answer is no, it can’t be done. God was answering Job who had been questioning God so God came back and asked Job a lot of questions which basically says “Job, who do you think you are? I am the Creator! How could y … [Read more...]

What Is The Difference Between Joy And Happiness In The Bible?


Are joy and happiness the same thing? How are they different? How does the Bible delineate the differences between joy and happiness?Happiness is… I think most people would agree that happiness is a goal. Doesn’t everyone want to be happy? The truth is the Bible never promises happiness, however it does promise joy. There is a difference. You can have joy and be happy but you can’t really be happy without joy; at least lasting happiness. It’s easy to be happy when you have freedom from suffe … [Read more...]