Halloween brings a familiar array of spooky characters: ghosts, witches, zombies, goblins, and demons. But what is a demon, anyway? Christians today often describe them as fallen angels, minions of the most famous ex-angel of all, Satan. But New Testament scholar Dale Basil Martin writes that there was no such connection in ancient Jewish thought, or even among the first Christians.
Since the 9th Century, the Camino de Santiago has been one of the most famous pilgrimages in the world – but all those footsteps may have been in vain. Bones which have long been believed to belong to Saint James the Great, one of Jesus Christ's Twelve Apostles, are held at the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in North-West Spain.
Q: The Bible says over and over again, “Fear not,” but it also says to “fear God.” Why does the Bible contradict itself? – F.R. A: There are different kinds of fear. Not all fear is wrong. It is right for a child to fear a hot stove or a sharp knife, because those can harm the child. It is right for us also to fear sin and Satan, for they can bring devastation.
“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Revelation 13:16-17.
This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series Midnight Mass. The Exorcist is a film I’ve long loved because it raised the bar not just for horror, but also for movies that explore questions of faith and doubt, good and evil, life and death. I know all of its beats by heart, but when I recently rewatched the 1973 classic, the ending hit differently. The movie concludes with an exorcism, naturally. Chris MacNeil has brought her daughter, Regan, to a host of medical professionals in a desperate attempt to save her from what turns out to be a demonic possession. But the only person who can save the girl, it seems, is a priest. The camera lingers on the mother’s exhausted face as two priests close the door to her daughter’s bedroom and go to work.
An exquisite Christian prayer roll from five centuries ago has been rediscovered by researchers, giving the public its first glimpse at this little-seen religious medieval document, of a kind that rarely survives to the modern day in one piece.
The prayer roll, an example of an illuminated manuscript – in reference to the rich decorations that accompany its text – is a relic from the final years of Catholic doctrine in England, not too long before the Reformation transformed church life across Europe.
"Known hitherto only from its brief appearance on the market in the 1960s and 1970s, the roll has never...
Dear Rev. Graham: Why do people have to constantly stir up trouble and gossip about people that they call friends? Isn’t that hypocritical and mean-spirited? Christians especially are called to love others, but there seems to be more backbiting than peacemaking. — C.G. Dear C.G.: Society is immersed in destruction...
Each one of us has a soul and that soul has laid out a plan for an epic journey in this world. Mostly we don’t know the details of that plan or what events may unfold if we follow it, but we can take comfort in knowing that there is an intricate and fluid plan, and it was formulated by a force that knows what it’s doing!
It was early January of 2021, and Rodney Crall was, along with most of his immediate family, fighting the coronavirus. Christmas had passed just a few days before, and though they hadn’t done much of a celebration with anyone outside their household because of COVID, they had still contracted the virus. Kim Crall, Rodney’s wife of 37 years, had remarked that she and Rodney and Rodney’s mother Daisy had all been diagnosed on the same day. “Rodney’s dad never got it,” she said. “Still hasn’t, to this day, ever shown symptoms.”
“I want you to know, brethren, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ; and most of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak of God without fear.” — Philippians 1:12-14.
It is natural for us go through life searching to find out just who we really are and what our sole purpose in life is. We have so many choices and decisions to make. The question is, how do we know if we have made the right ones? And how do we fix the wrong ones? Deep down in our hearts, we know there is a divine creator, a God who knows all the answers we are searching for.
“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” — Nehemiah 9:6 (ESV)
For those who try to live for the Lord and want to please Him, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say there are times when the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. When it comes to maintaining a red-hot enthusiasm for the Christian life, we are not robots, but rather we are emotional humans that have good days along with other times that are clouded with with feelings of melancholy.
A decade ago, if you Googled any of the following African religions, Ifá, Santería, Candomblé, Palo, or Vodun, only a spattering of entries would come up, and they'd probably be written from an outsider's anthropological perspective, rather than by the practitioners themselves. As closed oral religions, anyone seeking to learn about them would have struggled to find information that wasn't commercialized, inaccurate, or created in a movie studio. But times are changing.
A rare English illuminated medieval prayer roll, believed to be among only a few dozen still in existence worldwide, has been analyzed in a new study to expose Catholic beliefs in England before the Reformation in the sixteenth century. Now in private hands and previously unknown to experts, this meter-long...
Music played through the streets in downtown Gainesville as dancers gathered to raise funds to support and give back to students in the community while having fun and learning a new dance at the same time. BLSSD Future and the Gainesville chapter of Smooth Flava Dance hosted a ”Teach Me...
Hundreds of people gathered at a local church today to raise money and support for a COVID 19 survivor. With us now, we’re talking to a lot of people that he hasn’t seen for a while, and he’s just amazed about the amount of people that came out to support him.
Might we never really pass on into nothingness? Has the world ended many times before? Are we in fact doomed to spend eternity unknowingly jumping from one dimension to the next? According to one TikTok theory, the answer is yes. And it's blowing millions of minds worldwide.
The mother-of-the-bride was a jealous woman and prone to fits. My grandparents were married for forty years. They would have been married longer, but my grandfather died from cancer before he turned seventy. My grandparents loved each other to distraction, but there was one very big difference between them. My grandmother was a very jealous woman while my grandfather was a lot more secure in their love.