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Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?

Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?

Historically, classical Christian theology speaks of what we call the status intermedius or the intermediate state, and that has to do with where we go immediately upon death, as...

Is it biblical to say God “loves you” to believers and nonbelievers alike?

Is it biblical to say God “loves you” to believers and nonbelievers alike?

Historically and theologically, we distinguish among three types of divine love. There is the love of benevolence, where God has a kind spirit to the whole world—His benevolent love...

What is the difference between sin, transgression, and iniquity?

What is the difference between sin, transgression, and iniquity?

FERGUSON: Well, they’re different words in the Old Testament. Most of us are familiar with the Greek term hamartia, for sin which conveys the idea of falling short of...

How do scholars estimate when each book of the Bible was written?

How do scholars estimate when each book of the Bible was written?

SPROUL: There are different methods. The main method is through external sources, by looking at what the ancient extrabiblical writers would quote. For example, if a text of Scripture...

What are the essential ingredients of a true church?

What are the essential ingredients of a true church?

SPROUL: Well, I think you know at the sixteenth century with the rupture of the unity of the ecclesiastical situation, there was a huge debate on what is a...

What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church?

What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church?

SPROUL: He was a beggar who found where he could get bread. And told everybody who would listen to him. I think that the biggest thing that I… how...

Is God justified in punishing us for Adam’s sin? – R.C. Sproul

Is God justified in punishing us for Adam’s sin? – R.C. Sproul

It’s just that they’re born with a sin nature because they sinned in Adam. That’s the whole concept there that Adam was the perfect representative, not just for himself...

Since heaven is perfect, why do we need the new heavens and new earth?

Since heaven is perfect, why do we need the new heavens and new earth?

When the Bible speaks about heaven, it speaks of it in different terms. Many times when the Bible uses the term ouranos, which is a Greek word for heaven,...

How does the Holy Spirit work distinctly in the Old and New Testament?

How does the Holy Spirit work distinctly in the Old and New Testament?

In the Old Testament, we see different aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit. And you talked about the New Testament, where one of the most important works...

Is all Scripture equally applicable?

Is all Scripture equally applicable?

I would agree that all Scripture is equally inspired. I don’t believe that it’s equally clear. There are some parts of Scripture that are much more difficult to understand...