Humanity has brought sin into the world, resulting in estrangement from God, our own selves, one another and nature. We are no longer who God intended us to be—whether we identify as male, female, or one of Facebook’s 58 genders.
Sexuality is a core aspect of our identity and a part of the basis upon which we interact with others and even God Himself.
What does the Bible say about human cloning or any technology that threatens to destroy life on its way to achieving a “greater good”?
In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower’s highest goal. “Buddha” means “awakened” or “enlightened one.” For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle […]
Even if it’s true that Jesus is messiah, what does it matter? Why should absolute truth affect us personally? The following is an excerpt from Ruth Rosen’s article “Truth Hurts,” published in ISSUES in July 2011. Few people would actually maintain a belief that there is no absolute truth if that idea was pushed to […]
In Judaism we take on the issue of sin once a year at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We break away from the busyness of life and take a hard look at our transgressions and mistakes which we’ve committed throughout the year. We fast and go to synagogue and repent of our sins and […]
It was the week before Memorial Day. I was backpacking in the wilderness of Yosemite when I inadvertently crossed paths with a bear cub. Hearing a growl I knew the she-bear was only seconds away, and sure enough, she came crashing through the bushes. I ran as fast as I could but she quickly began […]
This month Israel is celebrating 63 years as a modern state. Yom HaAtzma’ut” (Israel’s national Independence Day) falls on May 9. With so much unrest in the Middle East and all the uprisings various countries have experienced over the last several months, one can only hope and pray for Israel to be joined by emerging […]
All were astir; the Gaon of Vilna was coming to Vaysechvoos! He would be staying in their modest village for one night on his way to Minsk. Who could have imagined that such a prince among Jews would want to visit this muddy little place?” marveled Lazar the Milkman. “Such a wise and holy man […]
Persecution in the name of Jesus is the most emotionally charged strand of the net of objections. More than anything else, many people point to Christian anti-Semitism” as a reason to dismiss Jesus. When Jewish people find themselves questioning whether Jesus might be the Messiah, thoughts of the Crusades and the Holocaust quickly rush to […]
To tell you the truth, if everyone were good in God’s sight, nobody would need Jesus and we wouldn’t be spending our efforts making web sites like this one. The psalmist long ago said that there is no one that does good, not even one.”1 Oh, to be sure, most of us aren’t murderers or […]
Alan Shore presents a good overview of the historical, social, cultural and religious aspects surrounding
It’s the old Bob Newhart show, (you know, the one where he plays a psychologist, not an innkeeper, and his wife is not a mellifluous blond but a throaty brunette), and Bob has just come home after suffering humiliation on a televised airing of his group therapy session. Well, Emily, what did you think of […]
Steve was a good accountant, but it was hard to sit in front of a video display screen all day with nothing but numbers before his eyes. One day, when he was particularly tense and squinting, Steve stood up to take a break. He walked over to the water cooler—which was almost empty—and he tilted […]
If you wish to come back, Israel—it is HaShem who speaks— it is to me you must return. (Jeremiah 4:1)1 And one of them, an authority on the Torah, put a test question to Him. Rabbi, which is the greatest commandment in the Torah?” He [Yeshua] answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with […]
“Blessed art thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, who formest light and createst darkness, who makest peace and createst all things; Who in mercy givest light to the earth and to them that dwell thereon, and in thy goodness renewest the creation every day continually.…” (Hertz Prayer Book) If you’re over the […]
“Between God and man stands no one—not God-man, not angel, not advocate. Nor is intercession or intervention required. As nothing comes between soul and body, father and child, potter and vessel, so nothing separates man from God, soul of his soul, his Father and Fashioner.”1 Most people have little difficulty accepting a need for a […]