Everyone is sure that the Bible is full of messages about forgiveness, but when it comes down to it, few people can identify exactly what the text actually says about it.
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Saintliness becomes realistic by seeing it as a state of higher consciousness. "Higher consciousness" isn't a religious term, even if Christ does point to the kingdom of heaven being within.
Our motivations for wanting hell to exist (or not) might expose something inside of us that needs to become more like Jesus.
What would it look like if Protestant churches encouraged members to consider celibacy as a temporary or lifelong vocation?
By Kim Lawton
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) For millennia, people have been trying to imagine what happens after death. I...
Jesus once said, "I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."
We should choose to stay in the Church while embracing Christ's guidance -- ask questions, seek answers and never stop knocking -- because one day the door will be opened.
While I find it almost impossible to sympathize with Humberto Leal García Jr.'s suffering, I believe, as a person of faith, it is unjust and immoral for any state in the United States to put this killer to death.
If neither Jesus nor Paul preferred marriage for their followers, why do some Christians maintain that the Bible enshrines 19th-century Victorian family values?
I carried this question with me through college, seminary and 20 years as a pastor. But I never publicly admitted to having doubts or questions.
At the age of 39, after my Gram's funeral, I took my grandmother into my heart. What would my life be like if I showed other people the same unconditional love she showed me?
By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service
(RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June 14) to try to boost minorities in th...
What happened at Pentecost runs much deeper than peaking in a charismatic "tongues-of-fire" prayer language. It was a divine moment of reconciliation among people.
Much of American theology, high and low, seems devoted to making Christianity unthreatening to our base desires, our culture and our economy. This project is nothing less than a denial of God.
Ek Sonn Chan is not merely providing for the bodily thirst of the people of Phnom Penh and Cambodia. His offering is Holy Water.
What else do we need to trust God for? If he has prepared a place for us for then, what about now? If we are willing to trust about our death, what about our life now?
Some who have studied the issue say the money might be better spent giving directly to a country's Christian partners to spread the Gospel, or to offer medical aid or construction assistance.
Over the years, I've continued to ponder my initial reaction to that church and particularly to the hymns. What was it that I found difficult, even embarrassing?
What surprises me most is that in the 21st century there are thousands of people on this religiously motivated train ride of despair.
What qualifies someone to be a leader in the church? Can someone just announce to the rest of us that "God called me" or "God spoke to me"?
By Peter Eisler
VIENNA, Va. (RNS) When officials at Vienna Presbyterian Church decided to acknowledge the church's failures in handling rep...
Think what could be accomplished if everyone spent an occasional weekend helping a neighbor or volunteering our time.
For too long, many Christians have used spot-checks in Scripture to exclude groups from the radical equality and freedom before God that serve as the base of Jesus' Gospel message.
I wonder if our post-modern, neo-Christian, progressive church is shortchanging the Christian religion. Is this cause for a sit-down with the pastor, a committee, national church leadership?
The controversial actions of both Terry Jones and Lady Gaga have succeeded in generating attention. But have they achieved the results intended?
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