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Fact a Day: January 1st

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 3 What is astrology? Astrology is a belief system based on the assumption that the stars or planets (as interpreted and configured by the astrologers themselves) mysteriously influence the lives of men. Astrology teaches that this influence begins at birth and continues throughout a person’s life. Thus…

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Fact a Day: January 2nd

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 4 How does astrology supposedly work? Astrology supposedly “works” by the planets or stars affecting our lives. The main tool astrologers use for interpreting this alleged influence on our lives is the astrological chart, called a natal [birth] horoscope. (Strictly, the term horoscope also involves the interpretation…

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Fact a Day: January 3rd

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 6 What are the basic terms and concepts necessary to an understanding of astrology? Why is astrology so often confusing to the average person? It is because of its complexity and the many unfamiliar words which astrologers use.* The following definitions and concepts are basic if one…

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Fact a Day: January 4th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 8-9 How influential is astrology today? Astrologers West and Toonder believe that astrology now “enjoys a popularity unmatched since the decline of Rome.”* Science writer and engineer Lawrence E. Jerome makes the astonishing claim that at least one billion people around the globe “believe in and follow…

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Fact a Day: January 5th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 10 Why is astrology so popular? Astrology is popular because it claims to provide important information that people want to know. Astrology claims to provide people with information that will: 1) protect them, 2) bring them success, 3) guide them, 4) predict their future and 5) help…

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Fact a Day: January 6th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 11 Can newspaper horoscopes be dangerous? Most newspaper editors reject astrology and seem to believe that horoscopes are simply an amusing pastime for their readers.* But are the conclusions of these editors true? Could it be true that modern newspapers are being socially irresponsible for the following…

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Fact a Day: January 7th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 12 Is astrology related to the occult? Astrology is related to the occult in four major ways. First, astrology itself is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as an occult art. As such it employs occult practices such as divination. Divination may be defined as “the art of obtaining…

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Fact a Day: January 8th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 16-17 Do some astrologers claim to use psychic abilities? Right at this point, some astrologers play word games. They say they are merely developing and using the “intuitive” powers which lie dormant in everyone. Astrologers have adopted the modern myth promoted by parapsychologists (those who scientifically study…

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Fact a Day: January 9th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 19-20 What do astrologers think about God? Many astrologers define God in such a way that their belief easily blends within an occult view of the world. For example, for the majority, God is seen existing as a divine power and in some sense all life and…

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Fact a Day: January 10th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 20-21 What does astrology believe about Jesus Christ? It is clear that astrology is willing to accept every view of who Jesus Christ is except the view that Jesus Himself taught and what the Bible teaches. The second thing to be noticed is that astrologers typically adopt…

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Fact a Day: January 11th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 21-22 (Harvest House, 1988) p. 21-22 What does astrology believe is man’s basic problem and its solution? Most astrologers believe the problem of man is that he is out of harmony with the divine forces and energies of the universe. He must become united with this harmony.…

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Fact a Day: January 12th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 22-23 What does the Bible say about astrology? Christianity has historically been opposed to astrology for three biblical reasons. First the Bible explicitly rejects astrology by name as a futile (worthless) practice. Proof of this is Isaiah 47:13-14….” Here we can see that first, God is condemning…

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Fact a Day: January 13th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 25, 29 Is there such a thing as Christian Astrology? We have just seen that the Bible completely rejects astrology. Any comprehensive study of Christian history presents a strong testimony against astrology, despite astrologers’ claims to the contrary.* The only brief period in which some in the…

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Fact a Day: January 14th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 30 Is the scientific evidence for astrology valid? For this booklet, we attempted to secure the best scientific evidence available on behalf of the claims of astrology. For example, we contacted the largest and most scientifically oriented astrological society, The American Federation of Astrologers in Tempe, Arizona.…

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Fact a Day: January 15th

The Facts on Astrology (Harvest House, 1988) p. 44 (Harvest House, 1988) p. 44 If, as a Christian, you are now involved in some way with astrology, we would hope that the information in this book would cause you to stop your involvement. There are two reasons why: First, as a Christian, your loving God…

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Fact a Day: January 16th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 6-7 (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 6-7 What does modern science conclude about when human life begins? Anyone familiar with recent Supreme Court history knows that two years before Roe V. Wade, in October 1971, a group of 220 distinguished physicians, scientists, and professors submitted an amicus curiae…

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Fact a Day: January 17th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 8-9 What does modern science conclude about when human life begins (con’t) In 1981, the United States Congress conducted hearings to answer the question, “When does human life begin?” A group of internationally known scientists appeared before a Senate judiciary subcommittee.* The U.S. Congress was told by…

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Fact a Day: January 18th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 11-12 How has modern technology shown that human life begins at conception? Dr. Bernard Nathanson discusses how advances in modern technology caused him to radically alter his pro-abortion beliefs. Once known as “the abortion king” because of his prominence in the field and his presiding over 60,000…

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Fact a Day: January 19th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 12-13 Isn’t the fetus merely part of the mother’s body? Biologically, it is a scientific fact that in pregnancy there are two different bodies. First, there is the body of the woman. Second, there is another body—that of the child. Evidence that there are two separate bodies…

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Fact a Day: January 20th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 14-15 Isn’t the fetus merely part of the mother’s body (con’t)? Pro-choice advocates argue, “Every woman has the right to control her own body.” Every woman does have the right to control her own body, but she does not have the right to control the destiny of…

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Fact a Day: January 21st

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 15 (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 15 How can the embryo-fetus be a person? Isn’t it just a “potential” person? Abortionists claim that the living human fetus in the womb is not a full person, only a potential person. As such, it is not entitled to Constitutional protection…

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Fact a Day: January 22nd

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 18-19 What really happens during an abortion? [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] When an abortion occurs in the first 12 weeks, as most do, the baby is still small enough to be vacuumed out of the womb by a powerful suction machine—one with almost 25 times the force of…

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Fact a Day: January 23rd

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 19-20 What really happens during an abortion? (cont…) [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] Another abortion procedure is called the D and E or “dilation and evacuation.” The procedure is usually performed between the fourth and eighth months. The cervix is again dilated but, instead of suction, the forceps (resembling…

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Fact a Day: January 24th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 20 What really happens during an abortion? (cont…) [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] The “saline method”—salt poisoning—is another abortion procedure that is used between four and seven months. This was the most common method employed throughout the 1970s.* In this procedure, a 3 ½ to 4-inch needle is inserted…

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Fact a Day: January 25th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 21-22 Does the baby feel pain during an abortion? As early as 1981, it was strongly suspected by some researchers that pre-born children were capable of feeling pain as soon as eight weeks or 56 days.* (Today this figure may be even lower.) Dr. Nathanson states, “I…

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Fact a Day: January 26th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 23-24 (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 23-24 What do some women feel during an abortion? Millions of women have now learned firsthand what the abortion technique does to their pre-born infant. Some women with later abortions (second or third trimester) tell horror stories of feeling their babies thrashing…

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Fact a Day: January 27th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 26-28 Is abortion a perfectly safe procedure for women? What are the physical risks? Most people continue to believe that abortion is a safe procedure—at least for the mother. Those who support abortion in this country constantly inform us that there is nothing to be concerned about.…

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Fact a Day: January 28th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 30 Are there also psychological consequences to abortion? The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in a survey of available psychiatric and psychological studies, found that there were serious psychological problems that developed in many women after their abortions. The Royal College reported, “The incidence of serious,…

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Fact a Day: January 29th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 34-35 What does the Bible teach about abortion? [Many] Scriptures…indicate that God does not make a distinction between potential life and real life, or in delineating stages of personhood—namely, between a pre-born infant in the womb at any stage and a born infant or child. The Scripture…

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Fact a Day: January 30th

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 37-38 What does the Bible teach about abortion (con’t)? Can one imagine Jesus accepting the idea of abortion? Did He not teach: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven continually behold the face…

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Fact a Day: January 31st

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 41-42 What if you have had an abortion? Have you had an abortion? Wherever you are, we want you to know that genuine forgiveness and inner peace are possible, that real freedom from the past can be experienced. God is a forgiving God: But you are a…

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Fact a Day: February 1st

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 5 The Guru Phenomenon No one can underestimate the impact of Hinduism in America.* The purpose of this book is to evaluate the teachings and practices of many of the major Hindu gurus (“spiritual leaders”) in America today. We will seek to determine whether the…

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Fact a Day: February 2nd

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 7 What is Hinduism? In its most simple definition, Hinduism may be defined as the religious beliefs and practices common to India. Defining Hinduism in a more precise manner is difficult because of the wide number of practices and teachings it offers. To illustrate, we…

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Fact a Day: February 3rd

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 8-9 How influential is Hinduism in modern America? In all its forms, Hinduism has influenced tens of millions of people in America. By itself Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation, a form of advaita Vedanta Hinduism, has over three million graduates.* Hinduism is influential on college…

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Fact a Day: February 4th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 9-10 What is the dominant Hindu belief in America? In America the dominant Hindu belief is called Vedanta. Of all the conflicting schools of Hinduism, Vedanta has had the most profound overall influence: Vedanta (“the End of Vedas”) was the school which gave organized and…

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Fact a Day: February 5th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 10-11 What are the beliefs of Hinduism concerning the world in which we live? Because Hinduism teaches that the world is ultimately an illusion, a “dream” of Brahman, the basic philosophy of Hinduism can be described as nihilism. The Oxford American Dictionary defines nihilism as:…

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Fact a Day: February 6th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 19 What does Hinduism believe about God? Hinduism in America teaches that God is an impersonal divine essence they call Brahman. Brahman has two aspects, one that is called “Nirguna” and another that is called “Saguna.” … For our purposes we can state that Hinduism…

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Fact a Day: February 7th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 20 What does Hinduism believe about man? Hinduism in America teaches that man outwardly (his body and personality) is an illusion. But in his true inward nature he is one essence with Brahman. The common phrase used to describe this assumption is “Atman is Brahman.”…

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Fact a Day: February 8th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 21-22 What does Hinduism believe about Jesus? The Hindu gurus typically redefine Jesus after their own likeness. Jesus becomes a teacher of Hinduism, a guru of the past who has been greatly misunderstood by Christians. Thus the only Jesus the gurus praise is a Hindu…

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Fact a Day: February 9th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 23 What does Hinduism believe about salvation (“enlightenment”)? Hinduism defines salvation as 1) the realization of our own Godhood, 2) the progressive “working out” of that realization throughout our life, and 3) the final merging with—a complete dissolution into—the impersonal God Brahman. This process may…

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Fact a Day: February 10th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 24 What does Hinduism believe about life after death? The basic teaching of Hinduism concerning the afterlife involves a belief in reincarnation, the idea that we have many lifetimes to perfect ourselves, to work off our “karma” (spiritual imperfections) until we finally merge back into…

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Fact a Day: February 11th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 25 Should gurus be obeyed whether right or wrong? A characteristic common to most cults is that the guru or leader requires unquestioning obedience on the part of the disciple. The disciple is to obey the guru just as he would obey God. Disobedience is…

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Fact a Day: February 12th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) p. 31 Is morality a reflection of unenlightened consciousness? Charles Manson once stated, “If God is One, what is bad?” Hinduism teaches that “God is One”—that ultimate reality is One impersonal, undifferentiated divine essence. What this means is that just as humanity itself is ultimately meaningless…

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Fact a Day: February 13th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 40, 42 What are the personal hazards of Hindu practice? When men and women reject their minds, follow religious leaders blindly, undercut and demean moral values, and open themselves to occult forces, it’s not surprising that some will be hurt or killed. Some gurus even…

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Fact a Day: February 14th

The Facts on Hinduism in America (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 42-43 What can the followers of Hindu gurus do to inherit eternal life? Hinduism and Christianity offer people different kinds of salvation. What Hinduism offers men and women is, in the end, complete annihilation—nonexistence. But Jesus Christ offers men and women eternal life—the privilege of…

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Fact a Day: February 15th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 8-9 What are the basic teachings of the Faith Movement? Consider the following brief description of Faith beliefs: God: A supernatural being who operates by spiritual law and who can be influenced by men and women to accomplish their desires. The God of the Faith…

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Fact a Day: February 16th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 9-10 How powerful is the Faith Movement, and why has it been so successful? Every week over one-half billion viewers worldwide watch television preachers.* Many of these men preach a “Faith” gospel. Thus, no one can deny the power that is currently wielded by the…

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Fact a Day: February 17th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 10-11 What have respected Christian leaders in the Church said about the Faith Movement? Many Christian leaders in America are in agreement that the teachings of the Faith Movement are not biblical and are harmful to the Church. The words below are strong. If you…

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Fact a Day: February 18th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 12-13 Why is doctrine important? Many Christians today have the unfortunate notion that they don’t really need to study the Bible for themselves. This idea is spiritually harmful because it prevents Christians from maturing in the faith and makes them susceptible to false teachings or…

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Fact a Day: February 19th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 13-14 Why is the idea of “unity over doctrine” a false teaching? Many Christians believe that the visible unity of the body of Christ before the world is much more important than doctrinal truth. They appeal to Jesus’ prayer that Christians “may be one” so…

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Fact a Day: February 20th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 14-15 What characteristics of the Faith Movement concern people? The following summary should be considered a composite evaluation; all characteristics listed do not necessarily apply to each individual Faith ministry or teacher. Nevertheless, the following themes are representative and they are a matter of great…

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Fact a Day: February 21st

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 17 What is faith? Faith, like love, is both simple and complex. Therefore, it can be difficult to explain or easily misunderstood. The irony of the Faith Movement is that the faith it stresses is not biblical faith. What is faith? In essence, faith is…

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Fact a Day: February 22nd

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 18 Do the Faith teachers claim that their new revelations come directly from God? Many of the leaders in this movement claim that God, Jesus, or angels appeared to them and taught them these ideas. But we must ask, “Are these revelations biblical if they…

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Fact a Day: February 23rd

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 20 Why do the Faith teachers misinterpret Scripture? The Faith teachers misinterpret Scripture because they view the Bible in light of an overall philosophy of “Faith” and spirituality that is not biblical. Thus, when the Bible is removed from its historical context and read through…

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Fact a Day: February 24th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 34-35 What is the relationship between the Faith teachings and cultic theology? Most Faith teachers have publicly stated that they are not teaching “Christian Science,” “Mind Science,” or “New Thought.”* This seems to indicate that even the Faith teachers recognize their similarities to cultic systems…

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Fact a Day: February 25th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 36, 39 How do angels and the occult relate to the Faith Movement? Faith teachers believe multitudes of angels are standing by just to do our bidding, anxiously waiting to be commanded by “Faith words” which, when spoken forth, puts them into action and brings…

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Fact a Day: February 26th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 39-40 How do the teachings of the Faith Movement hinder personal sanctification? The Faith teachers claim their methods will lead the believer into a higher level of spirituality. But unfortunately, the Faith Movement actually works against the spiritual growth of a Christian. It does this…

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Fact a Day: February 27th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 41-42 Do the Faith teachers confess that their Faith teachings do not work? We think everyone should listen carefully to the words of Robert Tilton and Kenneth Hagin. Robert Tilton emphasizes the following: “if something isn’t working, it doesn’t have any virtue or life-giving substance…

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Fact a Day: February 28th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 42-43 How do the Scriptures correct the Faith teachings? Virtually every book in the Bible tells Christians that they are going to suffer in this life—from persecution, various trials, and also from God’s own will. Nevertheless, the apostle Peter says that we are to “rejoice…

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Fact a Day: February 29th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 44 Should the will of God not be of concern to Christians? The fact this question must even be raised is itself an indictment of the Faith Movement. James tells us that considering God’s will is important (4:13-16) as does Jesus (John 6:38; 7:17; Matthew…

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Fact a Day: March 1st

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 4-5 A Biblical Evaluation of the Roman Catholic Church No one can deny that substantial changes have occurred in the Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II, the major Roman Catholic council intended to usher in “the beginning of a new era in Roman Catholic history.”* Since…

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Fact a Day: March 2nd

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 6 Why should the issue of what constitutes divine revelation be a vital concern to all Christians? If God has revealed Himself to mankind, can we know where that revelation is found? Can we identify it? In other words, can we truly know what God has…

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Fact a Day: March 3rd

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 7 Why do Protestants believe the Bible alone is authoritative and inerrant (free from error)? As we will see, the Bible asserts or assumes its inerrancy throughout its pages. But it is important to realize that inerrancy is inseparably bound to both the doctrine of revelation…

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Fact a Day: March 4th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 8 Does the Bible claim to be the inerrant Word of God? The Old Testament The Old Testament is either God’s Word or a fraud because it repeatedly asserts its divine authority (e.g., Isaiah 40:8). The term “thus saith the Lord” or similar expressions are used…

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Fact a Day: March 5th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 8-9 Does the Bible claim to be the inerrant Word of God? The New Testament Jesus Himself indicated more than once that new revelation from God was forthcoming. For example, He promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things and bring to…

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Fact a Day: March 6th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 12-13 Have the basic doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church changed today? While it is true the Church has undergone significant alterations, major, permanent doctrinal change is not one of them. This is conceded by both knowledgeable Catholics and non-Catholics. For example, Catholic apologist Karl Keating…

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Fact a Day: March 7th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 13-14 What are the sacraments and how do they function in the life of a Catholic believer? The sacraments of Catholicism involve particular spiritual activities partaken of by believers, such as baptism, confirmation, penance, and participation in the Mass. They are presided over by a Catholic…

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Fact a Day: March 8th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 15-16 What does the Bible teach concerning salvation? The Bible teaches that salvation is something that comes freely to any individual who simply places genuine trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins. Thus, the Bible teaches that salvation is by grace through faith alone, entirely…

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Fact a Day: March 9th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 18-20 What does the Catholic Church teach concerning salvation? The majority of Catholic priests deny the biblical doctrine of salvation because as priests—loyal to the Pope—they are required to reject the idea that divine authority resides only in the Bible. For them, divine authority resides in…

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Fact a Day: March 10th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 21-22 What does the Roman Catholic Church teach concerning the Sacraments? In Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Dr. Ludwig Ott observes, “The Sacraments are the means appointed by God for attainment of eternal salvation. Three of them are in the ordinary way of salvation so necessary that…

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Fact a Day: March 11th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 22-23 What does the Roman Catholic Church teach regarding the Mass? Although the Catholic Church claims that the Mass in no way detracts from the atonement of Christ, it nevertheless believes that it is principally through the Mass that the blessings of Christ’s death are applied…

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Fact a Day: March 12th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 23 What does the Roman Catholic Church teach regarding the Role of Mary? Catholicism officially teaches that Mary’s role in salvation in no way detracts from that of Christ. However, the Catholic Church also teaches that Mary played a vital part in the forgiveness of sins…

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Fact a Day: March 13th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 24 What does the Roman Catholic Church teach regarding the Rosary? According to Tradition, the Rosary supplies a Catholic with spiritual power, as well as many blessings and graces from God. Pope Paul VI affirmed in his apostolic exhortation Marialis Cultus (February 2, 1974) that the…

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Fact a Day: March 14th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 24 What does the Roman Catholic Church teach regarding Purgatory? Catholicism believes that penance may be performed by good works in this life or through hellish suffering endured in purgatory after death. Those in purgatory are labeled as “the Church Suffering… who have died in grace…

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Fact a Day: March 15th

The Facts on Roman Catholicism (Harvest House, 1993), p. 38 Is the Pope infallible? The Catholic Church teaches that when the Pope speaks “ex cathedra” (i.e., “from his chair” or authoritatively*), he is infallible in matters of faith and morals. Papal infallibility was officially defined and promulgated on July 18,1870 at the first Vatican Council.*…

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Fact a Day: March 16th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 5 Why is the subject of holistic health and the New Medicine important? Literally tens of millions of people in the Western world have been exposed to or use holistic [claiming to treat the “whole” person, mind, body and spirit] health methods.…

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Fact a Day: March 17th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 8 What are acupuncture and acupressure? Acupuncture and acupressure are methods of applying stimulation to specific points on the body. Based on the occultic religion of Taoism, they claim to be able to stimulate the flow of cosmic life-energy known as ki…

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Fact a Day: March 18th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 10    What is attitudinal healing?   Attitudinal healing is an important component of the New Medicine that in various forms is practiced by millions of people. It involves the alleged regulation or maintenance of physical, mental, and/or spiritual health by learning…

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Fact a Day: March 19th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 12-13   What are bioenergetics (neo-Reichian bodywork) and Reichian therapy (orgonomy)? Bioenergetics or neo-Reichian bodywork was developed by Alexander Lowen, a disciple of Wilhelm Reich’s Orgonomy or Reichian Therapy. Reich (1897-1957), who dabbled in the occult, wrongly believed that the cause of…

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Fact a Day: March 20th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 13-14   What is biofeedback?   Biofeedback is the use of special electronic equipment and mental exercises to influence physiological responses. The goal is to gain some degree of control over particular physical functions that people do not normally, consciously regulate…. Biofeedback…

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Fact a Day: March 21st

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 16-17   What is (medical) channeling?   Medical channeling occurs when someone permits a spirit entity to possess him or her for New Age healing purposes. The spirits may possess the healer to perform psychic diagnosis or healing through them, or the…

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Fact a Day: March 22nd

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 22-23   What is crystal healing/crystal work?   Crystal healing, currently one of the most popular New Age practices, is the use of a supposed “power” inherent within crystals for healing, developing psychic abilities, spirit contact, and other New Age goals. Crystals…

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Fact a Day: March 23rd

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 24   What is dream work?   Dreams fascinate millions of people, including a large number of researchers. Dream work involves the exploration of and/or interaction with dreams as an adjunct to physical healing, for psychological insight in psychotherapy, for spiritual insight…

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Fact a Day: March 24th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 26   What is herbal medicine (botanotherapy, phytotherapy, aromatherapy, vegotherapy)?   Herbal medicine is the use of herbs and other plant products to allegedly help cure a wide variety of physical ailments, or the use of “spiritually potentized” herbs and plants for…

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Fact a Day: March 25th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 27   What is homeopathy?   Homeopathy is the system of diagnosis and treatment developed by medical rebel and mystic Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). It is based on the principle of “like cures like”—that the same substance causing symptoms in a healthy person…

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Fact a Day: March 26th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 31   What is iridology?   Iridology is the study of the iris of the human eye to allegedly diagnose present and even future illness and disease. Ignatz von Peczely (1822-1911) is considered the modern developer; however, similar practices can be seen…

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Fact a Day: March 27th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 35-36   What is muscle testing (applied kinesiology, Touch for Health, behavioral kinesiology)?   “Muscle testing” is one of the fastest growing alternative health care techniques in the United States. Muscle testing programs vary but are frequently a combination of chiropractic and…

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Fact a Day: March 28th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 39-40   What is (medical) psychometry (radionics)? (Radionics is a form of psychometry where the healer is aided by a mechanical apparatus such as Abram’s black box or a pendulum.)   Medical psychometry consists of methods of psychic diagnosis and treatment. These…

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Fact a Day: March 29th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 41   What is reflexology?   Reflexology is a novel form of acupressure employing foot or hand massage. Reflexology claims to work by manipulating life-energies (chi, prana) through specific foot and hand massage, claiming that such massage breaks up so-called crystalline deposits…

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Fact a Day: March 30th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 41-42   What is Reiki?   Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique which stresses psychic healing through the manipulation of mystical life-energies. Reiki was “rediscovered” in Japan by Dr. Mikaousui in the mid-1800s. Allegedly, after many years of studying ancient Indian writings,…

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Fact a Day: March 31st

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 44-45   What is therapeutic touch?   Therapeutic touch is a form of psychic healing stressing the manipulation of alleged body energies such as prana. Theraputic touch was developed by two psychics, Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz; Kunz is the current president…

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Fact a Day: April 1st

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 4   Throughout history, people have wanted to know the meaning of their lives, but most have never found it. Great philosophers and commoners alike have agonized over the answers to the deepest of personal philosophical questions: Is there a God? Who or what is…

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Fact a Day: April 2nd

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 6   Why is the resurrection so important?   The resurrection of Christ is central to either establishing or disproving the Christian religion. Years ago, the great rationalist Dr. Guignebert, professor of History of Christianity at the Sorbonne (one of the most important professorships in…

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Fact a Day: April 3rd

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 6   Did Jesus clearly claim He would rise from the dead?   The first fact to establish is that Jesus Christ truly claimed He would rise from the dead. There must be no mistaking His claim, because it is unique in all history. No…

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Fact a Day: April 4th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 7   Did Jesus clearly claim He would rise from the dead? (con’t)   Early in His ministry, after the cleansing of the temple, He told the Jews in Jerusalem, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). Before…

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Fact a Day: April 5th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 9   How does Jesus’ death give evidence for the resurrection?   If it can be established that Jesus did die on the cross and was seen alive after His death by many credible witnesses, no one can logically doubt He was resurrected from the…

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Fact a Day: April 6th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 12-13   How does the burial of Christ supply evidence for His resurrection?   The facts surrounding the burial of Christ give further proof that not only was Christ dead, but it would have been absolutely impossible for anyone to take the body. Even if…

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Fact a Day: April 7th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 15   Why is the empty tomb compelling evidence for Jesus’ resurrection?   Remember, everyone saw Jesus die. Everyone knew where He was buried. Many witnesses saw His body placed in the tomb, and later, the great rock rolled across the entrance and the Roman…

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Fact a Day: April 8th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 16-17   Why is the empty tomb compelling evidence for Jesus’ resurrection? (con’t)   But there is one more proof of the empty tomb. It is human nature to venerate the burial places of unparalleled religious leaders. Throughout the history of mankind, religious pilgrimages are…

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Fact a Day: April 9th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 18-19   Why is the testimony of the people who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection compelling evidence?  Part 1—Many disciples and all of the apostles testified that they were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection.   In their early preaching, all the apostles repeatedly stressed the eyewitness nature of…

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Fact a Day: April 10th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 20   Why is the testimony of the people who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection compelling evidence?  Part 2—The disciples followed Jewish law which commanded them to be truthful witnesses.   The fact the apostles constantly appealed to such eyewitness testimony is all the more believable in…

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Fact a Day: April 11th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 21   Why is the testimony of the people who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection compelling evidence?  Part 3—The apostles faced persecution and eventual martyrdom for giving testimony to Jesus’ resurrection.   Consider the often malicious opposition encountered by these eyewitnesses. Would they repeatedly endure persecution, prison,…

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Fact a Day: April 12th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 22-23   How do the extent and nature of the resurrection appearances prove Jesus rose from the dead?   In the Gospels, we find 12 separate appearances of the resurrected Christ between the period of Easter morning and His ascension 40 days later, although there…

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Fact a Day: April 13th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 26   How does the initial skepticism of the apostles supply evidence for the resurrection?   The disciples were initially skeptics. But the resurrection appearances were of such a convincing character that the disciples became transformed men who proceeded to literally transform the world. That…

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Fact a Day: April 14th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 28   What causes zealous skeptics to convert and believe in the Resurrection?   Lawyer, theologian, and philosopher Dr. John Warwick Montgomery points out that, “The historic Christian claim differs qualitatively from the claims of all other world religions at the epistemological point: on the…

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Fact a Day: April 15th

Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection (Harvest House, 1996) p. 43-44 Is there additional surprising testimony or evidence—and what are the stakes?   Even committed members of different religions will occasionally acknowledge the historical truth of the resurrection of Jesus. For example, noted Jewish theologian Pinchas Lapide is one of only four Jewish New Testament…

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Fact a Day: April 16th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 6-7   What is Islam?   Islam is the world religion founded by an Arabian visionary named Muhammad (ca. 570-632 A.D.; var. sp.: Muhammed, Mohammed) who was born in the city of Mecca in Arabia. Muhammad claimed he received supernatural revelations from God through the angel…

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Fact a Day: April 17th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 7-8 Why is Islam important?   In brief, Islam is important for the following reasons. First, there are one billion followers of Islam in the world. Second, the collective power of Islam is able to dramatically influence the world economy through OPEC. Third, the growing religious…

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Fact a Day: April 18th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 8 How did Islam begin?   Islam began with the supernatural visions and revelations that Muhammad claimed he received from Allah through the angel Gabriel beginning in 610 A.D. Because Muhammad was uneducated and could neither read nor write, these revelations were first memorized and then…

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Fact a Day: April 19th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 9-10 What are the basic Muslim beliefs?   Every Muslim must hold to six basic beliefs or articles of Islamic faith. They are: Faith in Allah: Muslims believe there is only one true God and that his name is Allah. His will is supreme. Angels: Muslims…

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Fact a Day: April 20th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 10-11 What religious duties are required of all Muslims?   Every Muslim must practice at least five fundamental religious duties. These are known as the Pillars of Religion. They are considered obligatory—observances upon which successful practice of the Muslim faith rests. The first is reciting the…

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Fact a Day: April 21st

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 11-12   What does Islam teach about God and is he like the God of the Bible?   Islam teaches that the true God is the Muslim deity, Allah. All other views of God are false because the Koran teaches, “The true religion with God is…

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Fact a Day: April 22nd

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 14   What does Islam teach about Jesus Christ?   Muslims claim that they believe in the true Jesus Christ. Muslims praise Jesus as a prophet of God, as sinless, as “the Messiah,” as “illustrious in this world and the next,* as “the Word of Allah”…

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Fact a Day: April 23rd

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 17-23 What does Islam teach about salvation?   Because the Koran teaches that, “The true religion with God is Islam”* this means for the Muslim that salvation is achieved only through submission to the teachings of Allah. Thus, salvation in Islam requires one must be a…

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Fact a Day: April 24th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 26-27   What does Islam claim about the Koran?   As noted, Islam claims that the Koran is the literal Word of God, dictated supernaturally to Muhammad from the angel Gabriel. Muslims believe the Koran is perfect and without error. Muslims Musa Qutub, Ph.D., and M.…

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Fact a Day: April 25th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 27   Does the Koran deny the Bible?   Everyone who carefully and impartially reads both the Bible and the Koran must agree that, as they both stand, the Koran and the Bible contradict one another on every major religious doctrine: the nature of God, Jesus,…

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Fact a Day: April 26th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 29 Does the Koran contain contradictory teachings?   The Koran claims that it contains no contradictions. In Sura 4:84 Allah challenges men, “Will they not ponder on the Koran? If it had not come from Allah, they could have surely found in it many contradictions.”* Since…

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Fact a Day: April 27th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 30-31 How convincing are Muslim apologetics?   The word apologetics is derived from the Greek apologia which means “to present a defense for.” In “How Muslims Do Apologetics,” philosopher and theologian, John Warwick Montgomery discusses a characteristic problem of Muslim apologetics—that of defending Islam by “discrediting”…

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Fact a Day: April 28th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 31-32 What basic problem does the Koran present to Muslims?   As we have indicated, the Koran teaches that Muslims are to accept both the Bible and the Koran: Say: “We believe in God, and that which has been sent down on us, and sent down…

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Fact a Day: April 29th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 35-37 Can the Koran be objectively interpreted?   Dr. J. Christy Wilson comments as follows about problems of interpreting the Koran: “It is most difficult for one who is not a Muslim to understand the theory that the Koran was inscribed from all eternity on a…

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Fact a Day: April 30th

The Facts on Islam (Harvest House, rev. 1998), p. 43-44 What can Muslims do who desire to know that they have eternal life?   If you are a Muslim who is willing to accept the above evidence and who desires to know that you have eternal life, what can you do? Jesus promises that all…

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Fact a Day: May 1st

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 6-7   The Most Important Book Of History   So how did we get our Bible, this most influential book in human history? God directly inspired those who wrote it. The apostle Paul emphasized, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2…

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Fact a Day: May 2nd

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 7-8   What are the basic issues involved in the King James Only (KJO) debate?   Some Christians today believe that the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is the only legitimate Bible. Furthermore, like the original writings or “autographs” of Scripture,…

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Fact a Day: May 3rd

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 10   Is the KJO position established by the history of the KJV?   Many KJO writers argue God had the KJV written so that, through the translators, He could produce an inerrant English Bible. In fact, it was written for a far…

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Fact a Day: May 4th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 11-12   What did the King James translators declare about their translation?   KJO proponents allege that the 1611 edition of the King James Bible is the most accurate because it is divinely inspired and therefore inerrant. Some have even argued it should…

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Fact a Day: May 5th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 13   What did the King James translators declare about their translation?   In fact, the translators encouraged the people to use not only their own translation, but other translations as well in order to secure a fuller comprehension of the Scriptures. They…

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Fact a Day: May 6th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 15   Is the KJV a perfect or divinely inspired translation?   [M]ost KJO proponents claim that the KJV is perfect and without error. Dr. Samuel C. Gipp says of the 1611 KJV, “I believe the King James Bible is perfect” and Peter…

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Fact a Day: May 7th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 17-18   Do modern versions corrupt the doctrinal purity of God’s Word?   [P]roponents claim that only the KJV thoroughly defends salvation by grace through faith alone and that, in many places, the new translations actually insert salvation by good works. In chapter…

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Fact a Day: May 8th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 22-23   Were heretics, occultists, and homosexuals on the translation committees?   Consider another example: Riplinger cites alleged evidence to imply that Greek New Testament scholar B. F. Westcott was involved in spiritism and, therefore, his work should not be trusted.* (Westcott coproduced…

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Fact a Day: May 9th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 23-24   Are modern versions less readable than the KJV?   Riplinger and other KJO proponents claim that scientific tests have been conducted which prove the readability of the KJV is equal or superior to that of modern translations—something that anyone who has…

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Fact a Day: May 10th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 25   What have Bible scholars and other researchers concluded about the arguments and methodology in New Age Bible Versions?   Riplinger has stated publicly that she receives direct revelations from God.* Concerning New Age Bible Versions (NABV) she further wrote that she…

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Fact a Day: May 11th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 29   What about the preservation and classification of the ancient manuscripts?   Today over 5300 Greek manuscripts (mss.) or mss. portions exist. Since there is no 100 percent perfect manuscript, scholars examine all the evidence from all the mss. and weigh them…

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Fact a Day: May 12th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 32 How are translations made?   Anyone familiar with translation issues knows that there is more than one proper manner by which to translate many Greek and Hebrew words or phrases into English. Therefore, it is incorrect to argue that there is only…

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Fact a Day: May 13th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 32-33   If no translation is 100 percent perfect, how do we know we have an inerrant Bible?   In the last two decades, the topic of biblical inerrancy has separated the evangelical camp into those who are inerrantists and those who are…

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Fact a Day: May 14th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 38-39   If no translation is 100 percent perfect, how do we know we have an inerrant Bible?   Finally, the character of God Himself proves the inerrancy of Scripture: 1. Sovereign: A sovereign God is able to preserve the process of inspiration…

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Fact a Day: May 15th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 40   How does Romans 8:28 relate to the issues of modern translations?   In an important class project, Dr. Daniel Wallace illustrates the preservation of the Bible by an exercise he has done over 35 times with his students. He takes an…

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Fact a Day: May 16th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 42   Let’s Be Grateful for What We Do Have   Both KJO promoters and those who use modern translations have been more than blessed by God as far as His Word is concerned. They are privileged to have the Word of God…

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Fact a Day: May 17th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 4-5   Who are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are the leaders, and how have the Watchtower Society’s presidents shaped the organization?   The Jehovah’s Witnesses are a religious sect begun by Charles Taze Russell in the 1870’s. In formulating their beliefs, Russell drew on the teachings…

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Fact a Day: May 18th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), p. 8   What is the religious worldview of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and what logical results flow from it?   Three basic beliefs, or assumptions, form the religious worldview of the Jehovah’s Witnesses: a) Divine guidance comes only through the Watchtower Society. This assumption leads Witnesses to…

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Fact a Day: May 19th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), p. 9   Does the Watchtower Society really claim to be the only organization on earth through which God works?   The Watchtower Society does claim that of all religious organizations, God works only through it. It alone has authority to speak for God.* For example, The…

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Fact a Day: May 20th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), p. 10   Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses prohibit practices like military service, saluting the flag, celebrating holidays, and blood transfusions?   These and many other practices are prohibited because the entire world system, apart from activity in the Watchtower Organization, is believed to be connected with the…

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Fact a Day: May 21st

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 10-11   What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about Christianity?   The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christianity is an apostate religion that has taught false doctrines and deceived people for over 1800 years. Until Jehovah’s Witnesses appeared in the late nineteenth century and began teaching the Bible…

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Fact a Day: May 22nd

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), p. 12   What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about God and the doctrine of the Trinity?   Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the God of Christianity is a false and satanic counterfeit of the one true God, Jehovah. Charles Taze Russell even wrote that the Christian God was…

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Fact a Day: May 23rd

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), p. 15   What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about Jesus? The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus Christ was the first creation of God, the Archangel Michael.* They believe that He “had a beginning” and “was actually a creature of God.”* By so believing, the Witnesses reject the…

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Fact a Day: May 24th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 16-17   What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about salvation?   The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that there are three classes of people that will be saved by good works. But each class is working to gain a different salvation. The first class is an extremely small group…

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Fact a Day: May 25th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 20-21   Do the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that their Bible (the New World Translation, or NWT) is accurate?   The Watchtower claims that its translation of the Bible is highly accurate. It claims the New World Translation is the most accurate or one of the most…

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Fact a Day: May 26th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 21-22   What do recognized Greek scholars believe about the accuracy of the NWT?   Greek scholars, Christian and non-Christian, universally reject the NWT, calling it biased and inaccurate. Until his recent death, Dr. Julius Mantey was one of the leading Greek scholars in the world.…

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Fact a Day: May 27th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 23-24   What is an example of NWT mistranslation?   Titus 2:13 NWT: “While we wait for the happy hope and glorious manifestation of the great God and of (the) Savior of us, Christ Jesus.” (Jehovah’s Witnesses have added the word the and put it in…

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Fact a Day: May 28th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 30-31   Has the Watchtower Society ever given false prophecies?   How have the predictions of the Watchtower Society stood the test of history? Let’s look at a few. Frequently the Watchtower has attempted to predict the start of the Battle of Armageddon (the end of…

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Fact a Day: May 29th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 34-35   Does the Watchtower Society admit to false prophecy?   Jehovah’s Witnesses have admitted serious errors. In their official Watchtower publication, Man’s Salvation (1975), they now admit that Charles Taze Russell was wrong in his 1874 prediction of Christ’s second coming.* They admit that they…

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Fact a Day: May 30th

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 39-41     What can you do if you are a Jehovah’s Witness who desires to live for God and Christ and yet are unsure about what you have been taught?   First, if you are a Jehovah’s Witness, don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up on…

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Fact a Day: May 31st

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses (Harvest House, 1988), pp. 39-41   What can you do if you are a Jehovah’s Witness who desires to live for God and Christ and yet are unsure about what you have been taught?   First, if you are a Jehovah’s Witness, don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up on God…

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Fact a Day: June 1st

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 4-5 Dr. Ankerberg, in his lecture entitled “Characteristics of the People and False Religion of the Last Days,” stated: According to the recent polls of George Gallup, George Barna, and James D. Hunter, 35% of America’s Evangelical seminarians deny that faith in Christ…

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Fact a Day: June 2nd

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 6,7   How do liberal theologians see Jesus?   There is no denying the fact that once trust in the Bible as an authoritative source is undermined, its teachings will either be doubted or, considered irrelevant. Yet we don’t think that most Christians,…

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Fact a Day: June 3rd

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 8     What is the Jesus Seminar?   The Jesus Seminar (JS) aptly illustrates the subtly deceptive reasoning of liberal critical biblical scholarship in general. In 1993, the conclusions by the JS were published in a large, detailed text titled The Five…

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Fact a Day: June 4th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 10-11   What did the Jesus Seminar conclude about Jesus and His teachings?   …in the words of the Seminar, fully “eighty-two percent of the words ascribed to Jesus in the gospels were not actually spoken by him.” (Five Gospels, p. 5) In…

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Fact a Day: June 5th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 13   Why should liberal theologians be trusted?   It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine from the New Testament accounts that Jesus claimed to be God and that He said His words would never pass away. Nor does it take a…

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Fact a Day: June 6th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 16   What are liberal theologians responsible for?   Lest we think this is all just academic debating, consider the tragic event relayed by William Lane Craig in The Son Rises. He recalls the incident of a retired pastor “who in his spare…

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Fact a Day: June 7th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 17-20   What are the major problems with the Jesus Seminar?   First the truth is that the JS does not represent a consensus of New Testament or biblical scholarship, even if we entirely discard conservative, evangelical scholarship. The JS view clearly represents…

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Fact a Day: June 8th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 23-24   What is the enigmatic “Q”? Where is it?   To illustrate the “wild speculation and minuscule evidence” referred to earlier by Johnson, consider the alleged collection of Jesus’ sayings termed “Q” (supposedly used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Liberal scholars such…

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Fact a Day: June 9th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 26-27   What should be rejected—the New Testament or the liberal critics?   These four [Gospels] have been subjected to the most vigorous criticism for 2,000 years by some of the world’s best and most critical intellects who have yet to make a…

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Fact a Day: June 10th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 29-30   What should be rejected—the New Testament or the liberal critics?   What the members of the JS are unwilling to concede is precisely what will write their own epitaph—the fact that “there is a huge volume of scholarship to support the…

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Fact a Day: June 11th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 31-32   Is higher critical methodology necessarily opposed to God and His Word?   What the critics of the Bible seem not to have internalized is that the individual steps that are followed in any critical method can only be as useful or…

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Fact a Day: June 12th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 33   Is higher critical methodology necessarily opposed to God and His Word?   When it comes to issues of divine revelation and salvation, man—and especially critics, with Job, must remain silent because it is God who speaks. Like Moses, they must take…

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Fact a Day: June 13th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 34-35   Are the benefits to the church worth the risk?   The major problem with higher criticism involves not just its cost to society, but also the cost to the church. In either case, the cost/benefit ratio is almost nil. In other…

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Fact a Day: June 14th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 35   Are the benefits to the church worth the risk?   Another area to evaluate for the cost/benefit ratio is the biblical text itself. Has 200 years of higher criticism given us any new information about the Bible? No! Vern Poythress illustrates…

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Fact a Day: June 15th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 5-6   UFOs actually exist in some form; 5 to 10 percent of all UFO sightings remain truly unidentified. (See J. Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee, The Edge of Reality (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1975) p. 22). Yet almost all serious researchers who…

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Fact a Day: June 16th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 7-8 What are UFOs?   The UFO phenomenon encompasses a wide range of phenomena and experiences. For purposes of simplification in describing these phenomena, we will use a broad classification incorporating the following seven categories: • Distant Sightings (DS) involve observations of anomalous…

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Fact a Day: June 17th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 9-10   How are UFOs impacting mankind?   Today, whatever people may have concluded concerning UFOs, the vast majority of mankind has heard about them. But what most people haven’t heard is that they are dangerous. Serious UFO literature is replete with cases…

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Fact a Day: June 18th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992, pp. 10-11) How are UFOs impacting mankind?   Sociologist David Swift of the University of Hawaii observes that the underlying message of the UFO phenomenon is clear—that the creators of this “awesome object” (the UFO) have incredible knowledge and power. He concedes the common…

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Fact a Day: June 19th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 12-13 Why is the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) not credible for explaining the current UFO phenomenon?   …the diversity and behavior of both the craft and the entities in Close Encounter episodes simply do not fit with what we would expect from advanced intergalactic…

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Fact a Day: June 20th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 14-15 Although the prevailing bias concerning UFO phenomena underscores an extraterrestrial hypothesis, a number of leading researchers are convinced that this is impossible. In its place they present a theory that unbiasedly examines the occult nature of the UFO phenomenon. These leading UFO…

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Fact a Day: June 21st

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 16 The extraterrestrial hypothesis is a prized pet theory for many people, and to question it is considered unscientific. To posit a demonic theory is believed a bit much, irrespective of its explanatory value. In one sense this reaction is understandable, since such…

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Fact a Day: June 22nd

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 20   Who are some of the leading UFO researchers who recognize that UFOs are an occultic and/or demonic phenomenon?   In Journal of UFO Studies, Vol. 2, 1990, near-death-experience researchers Kenneth Ring and Christopher J. Rosing of the Department of Psychology, University…

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Fact a Day: June 23rd

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 21-22   What powerful illustration can be given to reveal the demonic nature of the UFO phenomenon?   …bestselling novelist Whitley Strieber is a good example of the demonic reality that is so easily encountered through UFO experiences…. I became entirely given over…

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Fact a Day: June 24th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 27-28   How do those who claim to be in close contact with UFOs and UFO entities illustrate the occultic nature of UFO phenomena?   If the UFO phenomena were actually extraterrestrial, it seems a bit odd that the advanced beings associated with…

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Fact a Day: June 25th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 29-30   Are the “special messages” that the alleged extraterrestrials claim they are giving to mankind the same as those found in the world of the occult?   E. A. I. Mackay observes, “It is an interesting fact that the information gained due…

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Fact a Day: June 26th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 33   How can one tell if a given UFO experience is real or only in the mind?   To understand how a UFO experience can be perceived as real, and yet isn’t, consider UFO abductions. Despite literally thousands of alleged abductions, not…

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Fact a Day: June 27th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 35   Why would demons want to impersonate alien beings from other worlds?   Let us begin by asking another question: Why would demons want to impersonate the human dead? Many former mediums have noted that the spirits they contacted routinely impersonated the…

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Fact a Day: June 28th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), 38-39   What are the dangers of UFO contact?   UFOs are dangerous because they are occultic (demonic) phenomena. The dangers that one finds in occult practices are precisely those dangers that one encounters in contacts with UFOs: physical injury or death, severe mental…

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Fact a Day: June 29th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 42   Does the Bible say anything about UFOs?   Does the Bible answer the dilemma of UFOs one way or the other? We think it does. While the Bible does not comment directly upon UFOs, it also does not comment directly upon…

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Fact a Day: June 30th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 44   We believe that the lack of evidence for the extraterrestrial hypothesis and the failure of all other theories to adequately explain UFOs require that the demonic theory not be ignored. This theory is bolstered by the harmful physical, psychological, and spiritual…

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Fact a Day: July 1st

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 7-8   What is a near-death experience?   The typical near-death experience (NDE) has been described by leading death researcher Dr. Raymond Moody. His several books, including the eight million best-seller Life After Life, opened a new era of “scientific” study of the near-death experience.…

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Fact a Day: July 2nd

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p 9.   How frequent are these experiences? What are their implications?   Polls indicate that some ten million Americans have had a near-death experience, and the influence of these experiences upon the public’s perception of death has been dramatic. The NDE has played a major…

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Fact a Day: July 3rd

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 10-11   Is the NDE a genuine experience with death or merely a mystical experience with profound consequences?   What many people do not understand is that with an NDE we are not dealing with true death. And, we are certainly not dealing in the…

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Fact a Day: July 4th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 11-12   Are the “beings of light” and alleged spirits of dead friends and relatives who they claim to be? What do authorities in this area say?   People who encounter the “being of light,” “the light” or the alleged spirits of dead friends and…

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Fact a Day: July 5th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 15   Does the NDE undermine the biblical view of salvation?   Not only does the NDE remove the fear of death, but also it simultaneously inhibits biblical repentance and salvation. The biblical concept of sin has little or no relevance to the “Light”: “…in…

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Fact a Day: July 6th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 18-19   How could such peaceful and loving experiences be something spiritually deceptive? What the NDE does is powerfully reinforce a common, if mistaken, theme in modern culture—that God loves all persons unconditionally and will grant everyone entrance into heaven on the basis of their…

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Fact a Day: July 7th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 21   Can NDEs precipitate the onset of psychic powers and contact with spirit guides?   Richard Kohr is an educational researcher with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and a member of the research committee for the 40,000-member Association for Research and Enlightenment (founded by…

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Fact a Day: July 8th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 22   Do NDEs frequently represent an initiation into the world of the occult?   Dr. Raymond Moody is the author of the smash bestseller Life After Life. For over 20 years, he has worked on the cutting edge of NDE research, talking with almost…

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Fact a Day: July 9th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 27-28   What is the NDE view of God?   The NDE generates a firm conviction concerning the existence of God. But, whatever else it may be, the “God” experienced by NDErs is not the biblical God. Many NDErs think they have encountered the biblical…

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Fact a Day: July 10th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 28-29   Are all NDEs positive experiences—or are many hellish?   We should remind the reader that, as in the case of occult astral projection or soul travel, the NDE appears to be nothing more than an experience wherein one is temporarily suspended outside the…

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Fact a Day: July 11th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 30   What are some additional implications of the NDE?   It is impossible to gauge how many suicides may eventually result from the widespread exposure to the positive NDE report. But there may be other consequences as well. Hundreds of NDErs apparently feel they…

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Fact a Day: July 12th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 31   What about children who have NDEs?   Not surprisingly, children do not have the characteristic review of one’s life, but some do experience the tunnel, the “being of light,” dead relatives and other components of the adult NDE. Unfortunately, even the small amount…

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Fact a Day: July 13th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 33   What is the cultic view of death?   We use the term “cultic” descriptively, rather than pejoratively, to refer to those groups that claim a large degree of allegiance to the Bible and yet simultaneously deny its basic teachings. Also, there may be…

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Fact a Day: July 14th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 39   What is the biblical view of death?   Death per se is a condition of separation. According to the Bible, there are only two kinds of death. First, there is physical death, which involves the temporary separation of the spirit from the body.…

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Fact a Day: July 15th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 41   What is the biblical view of the afterlife?   It is God’s nature to give, and we can only guess at what God will give those He loves throughout eternity. Jesus simply said, “Great is our reward in heaven,” and the Apostle Paul,…

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Fact a Day: July 16th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 42-43   What is the biblical view of the afterlife?   There is no other authority than the Bible when it comes to the subject of life after death. Occult experiences that are demonic deceptions cannot tell us about the afterlife, nor can cultic theology,…

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Fact a Day: July 17th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 7   What is Masonry?   Masonry (also known as Freemasonry or “the Lodge”) is a powerful, centuries-old fraternal order that, according to Masonic authorities, began in the early eighteenth century. According to most Masonic authorities, modern Masonry (also called “speculative” Masonry) can be traced…

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Fact a Day: July 18th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 9-10   What is the Blue Lodge, the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite?   All men who become Masons go through the first three degrees of the Blue Lodge. The Blue Lodge is the parent or mother Lodge of Freemasonry. In the Blue Lodge…

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Fact a Day: July 19th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 12-13   Is Freemasonry another religion?   Let us begin with the definition of religion from Webster’s New World Dictionary which defines religion as: 1) “[a] belief in a divine or superhuman power…to be obeyed and worshipped as the Creator and ruler of the universe;…

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Fact a Day: July 20th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 13-14   Does the Masonic Lodge teach its own plan of salvation?   Every candidate who enters the Blue Lodge is told again and again during the first three degrees of Masonry that God will reward those who do good deeds. This can be documented…

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Fact a Day: July 21st

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 16   Does the Masonic Lodge have its own distinct doctrinal statement like a church does?   Another reason Masons give for claiming Freemasonry is not a religion is because “we have no confession of faith in a doctrinal statement such as a church does.”…

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Fact a Day: July 22nd

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 16-17     Can any Mason honestly claim that the Lodge has no theology of its own?     Another reason Masons give for believing Freemasonry is not a religion is their claim that Freemasonry has no theology. But is this true? A definition of…

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Fact a Day: July 23rd

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 18   Is the Ritual that is practiced in every Masonic Lodge really worship?   Webster’s Dictionary defines “worship” as “a prayer…or other rite showing reverence or devotion for a deity…”—for God.* Do Masons have rites that instruct them how to show reverence and give…

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Fact a Day: July 24th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 18-19   Does the Masonic Lodge have religious symbols just like those found in a church or synagogue?   [Freemasonry claims] it has no symbols that are religious like those symbols found in a church or synagogue. But is this true? How can Masons say…

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Fact a Day: July 25th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 20   Should the Masonic Lodge be identified as a religion if it does not choose to identify itself as a religion?   Here is what is at stake. All Christians believe that there is only one true religion—biblical Christianity. Therefore, all other religions must…

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Fact a Day: July 26th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 22   Does Freemasonry conflict with other religions such as Christianity?   It is nonsense to say a Christian can hold to two different religious beliefs at the same time, especially when they conflict. The Masonic Lodge says it is acceptable for men to worship…

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Fact a Day: July 27th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 24   The Masonic Lodge teaches that all men including Christians live in spiritual darkness until they enter and become members of the Lodge. Is this biblical?   Jesus said, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes…

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Fact a Day: July 28th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 27-28   Masons teach and believe in the universal Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man. Is this biblical?   The Bible does not teach the universal Fatherhood of God (that all Masons are in good standing with God and a part of His Lodge)…

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Fact a Day: July 29th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 31   Masonry teaches that the God of the Bible is the God of the Masonic Lodge. Is this true?   The Masonic Lodge teaches in the Royal Arch degree that it knows the true name of God. The candidate is instructed that from now…

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Fact a Day: July 30th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 38-39   The Masonic Lodge teaches that salvation and residence in the “Celestial Lodge Above” may be gained by Masons doing good works. Is this biblical?   …The symbol of the “Sword Pointing to the Naked Heat” is said to “pointedly remind us that God…

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Fact a Day: July 31st

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 40, 42   If a Mason has sworn allegiance to the Lodge, should he break his oaths?   God tells us to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the…

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Fact a Day: August 1st

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 5   Why is the issue of creation/evolution important?   The issue of creation/evolution* is important because, in the end, the subject of origins tells us who we are. Are we the product of the impersonal forces of matter, chance, and time—with all that implies?…

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Fact a Day: August 2nd

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 6   How influential is the theory of evolution?   In his Mankind Evolving eminent geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, who is regarded as among the world’s greatest evolutionists, points out that the publication of Darwin’s book in 1859 “marked a turning point in the intellectual history…

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Fact a Day: August 3rd

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 8-9   What is science? Is the theory of evolution properly scientific?   For our purposes, the Oxford American Dictionary (1982) definition of science, though incomplete, is adequate: “A branch of study which is considered either with a connected body of demonstrated truths or with…

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Fact a Day: August 4th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 11   Should evolution be claimed as an established scientific fact?   Consider the comments of the Canadian scholar Arthur C. Custace (Ph.D. anthropology) and author of the ten-volume Doorway Papers. He is a member of the Canadian Physiological Society, a fellow of the Royal…

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Fact a Day: August 5th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 14   Are scientists always objective?   In doing research for The Criterion, Dr. Bergman interviewed more than 100 creationists who had at least a master’s degree in science, the majority with a Ph.D. degree—among them Nobel prize winners and those with multiple doctorates in…

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Fact a Day: August 6th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 15-16   Why do materialistic scientists accept evolution?   In Why Scientists Accept Evolution, Drs. Clark and Bales document that “men often accept evolution because the only alternative is creation by God.”* Put another way, if evolution is not true, materialistic scientists would be uncomfortable…

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Fact a Day: August 7th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 17-20   How is it possible for so many scientists to be wrong in their belief in evolution? Add New The history of science reveals many instances where the majority of scientists have been convinced as to a particular theory and yet have been wrong.…

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Fact a Day: August 8th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 20-21   What does probability theory say about evolution—and does this make evolution a “greater” miracle than creation?   The idea that everything has come from nothing is a bit hard to swallow, even for scientists. As modern science increasingly uncovers the indescribable complexity of…

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Fact a Day: August 9th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 22-23   What do the factors of design and precision say about evolution?   The overwhelming evidence for design in creation explains why literally thousands of first-rate scientists remain either strict creationists or deists who accept that the universe can only be accounted for on…

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Fact a Day: August 10th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 25-26   Are there scientists who believe evolution has hurt the cause of science?   Despite its monopoly on the scientific world, a significant number of noted scientists have felt that, whatever benefits it may have, the theory of evolution has also been harmful to…

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Fact a Day: August 11th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 27   Does evolution require as much faith as creationism?   Evolution does require faith. One can wade through hundreds of evolutionary textbooks and notice that although almost all are certain as to the alleged fact of evolution, all are equally uncertain when it comes…

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Fact a Day: August 12th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 28-29   What is the real problem with a materialistic approach to science? Why can creationism be good science?   The problem with materialism is its inherent limitations which tend to skewer the interpretation of scientific data. The bon mot that evolution is “1/10 bad…

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Fact a Day: August 13th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 30-31   Is creationism religious only?   Is creation science really a science? Or is it simply a religion in disguise, designed to underhandedly put Genesis back into the school system? Although creationism is certainly a religious philosophy, it can also be a scientific doctrine,…

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Fact a Day: August 14th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 33-34   Are there evolutionary scientists who say the evidence lies in favor of special creation?   Some evolutionists are frank enough to admit that special creation actually is the better theory, either in whole or part. Unfortunately, it seems that most scientists assume evolution…

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Fact a Day: August 15th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 35   How has evolution influenced belief in God?   Mortimer J. Adler is one of the great modern thinkers. He is the author of such interesting books as Ten Philosophical Mistakes and How to Think About God, the editor for the Encyclopedia Britannica, and…

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Fact a Day: August 16th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 38-39   What are some of the personal philosophical implications of materialistic evolution?   In the evolutionary or materialistic worldview, man has no unique status other than which he may choose to give himself. As leading evolutionist George Gaylord Simpson observes, In the word of…

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Fact a Day: August 17th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), p. 5   What are Mind Sciences, and what do they believe?   The term “Mind Sciences” refers to a large number of groups which stress that the mind has special powers available to anyone who will apply the teachings of these groups. In general, the…

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Fact a Day: August 18th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), p. 9   What are some examples of contemporary Mind Science groups and individuals?   It may be helpful here to divide Mind Science influence into four basic categories. First, we have the Mind Science religions, such as Religious Science, New Thought (a large consortium of…

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Fact a Day: August 19th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 10-11   What is Religious Science (Science of Mind)?   Religious Science and its teaching, Science of Mind, are the syncretistic brainchild of Ernest Holmes (1887-1960). Holmes weaved parts of Eastern religion and occult philosophy into a “power of positive thinking” worldview. The influential Norman…

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Fact a Day: August 20th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 12-13   What is Christian Science?   Christian Science is the abstruse brainchild of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) who stressed the metaphysical “truth” of the illusion of everything but God (Divine Mind) and the importance of “divine” healing through mental affirmation. In her characteristically obscurantist…

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Fact a Day: August 21st

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 14-15   What is New Thought? New Thought is an umbrella designation covering hundreds of churches and organizations in the International New Thought Alliance, plus hundreds more outside it. New Thought organizations include names such as The Center for Positive Living, Association of Creative Thought,…

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Fact a Day: August 22nd

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 16-17   What is Divine Science?   Divine Science was founded by the Brooks sisters—Nona, Aletha, and Fannie—who were influenced by the famous New Thought teacher and psychic healer/mystic Emma Curtis Hopkins, a former Christian Scientist practitioner. Divine Science has similarities both to Christian Science…

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Fact a Day: August 23rd

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 17-18   What is Unity School of Christianity?   Unity School of Christianity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889. It is one of the largest of the Mind Science religions with an influence on millions of people.* Both Norman Vincent Peale and…

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Fact a Day: August 24th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 19-20   What is Silva Mind Control?   Silva Mind Control (SMC) was founded by Jose Silva with a goal to help people expand the powers of their mind and solve the problems on earth through psychic development. SMC claims to represent the next phase…

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Fact a Day: August 25th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 20-21   The fruit of est: What are The Forum, Lifespring, and Actualizations? The Forum was developed by Werner Erhard and constitutes a slightly revised rendition of his previous knavery, Erhard Seminars Training (est). Lifespring and Actualizations were both developed by graduates of est. Collectively,…

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Fact a Day: August 26th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 29-30 How have the Mind Sciences influenced Christianity? Have they restored true Christianity? The following comparisons will make it clear that the Mind Sciences’ claim to be Christian is wrong.     Mind Sciences Christianity God Impersonal; Spirit/Mind/Cosmic Law, etc.; Unitarian. Personal (loving, merciful, etc.)…

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Fact a Day: August 27th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 32-33   Does the philosophy of the Mind Sciences constitute an occult belief?   If Mind Sciences are influenced by or derived from occult sources and if their philosophy harmonizes the occult philosophy, then our only answer can be that the Mind Sciences constitute a…

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Fact a Day: August 28th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 34-35   How has spiritism and the occult influenced individual Mind Science groups?   One can trace many of the beliefs of the modern Mind Sciences to various American spiritistic teachings of past and present. The revelations given by the spirits frequently coincide with the…

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Fact a Day: August 29th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), p. 39     Does the mind really have psychic or divine powers?     The Mind Sciences believe that men have innate supernatural or divine abilities, and as proof they cite the fact that some people can develop psychic powers. But as we documented in…

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Fact a Day: August 30th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), p. 41   How do the Mind Sciences lead individuals to self-deception?   The Mind Sciences teach people to accept the false idea that their minds have divine power, making it easy for people to become self-deceived when confronted with the difficult areas of life—such as…

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Fact a Day: August 31st

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 42-44   What are the moral implications of the Mind Sciences?   The Mind Sciences claim that their teachings endorse morality, but it is certainly not a biblical or conventional morality. Is it logical to claim that a teaching which denies the reality of evil…

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Fact a Day: September 1st

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 5   What is Mormonism and why is it important?   Mormonism is a religion founded upon the teachings of Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Although some 100 Mormon sects have existed historically (many of which are polygamous), the two largest divisions are the Church of Jesus…

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Fact a Day: September 2nd

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 5-6   How did Mormonism originate and how important are supernatural revelations to the founding and sustaining of the Mormon Church?   Like most other religions, Mormonism claims divine inspiration as its source. Mormons argue that their religion was divinely instituted in 1820 when God…

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Fact a Day: September 3rd

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 8   Does Mormonism claim to be the only true church on earth?   Mormonism does not claim to be merely one part of the Christian religion, such as a Christian denomination. Rather, it claims to alone comprise the only true Christian religion on earth.…

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Fact a Day: September 4th

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 9   Is Mormonism a Christian religion?   Virtually all knowledgeable Christian authorities recognize that not only is Mormonism not Christian, it is really anti-Christian. Dr. Anthony Hoekema declares in his book The Four Major Cults: “We must at this point assert, in the strongest…

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Fact a Day: September 5th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 9-10   Does the Mormon Church give biblical words an entirely false meaning?   In order to illustrate that Mormon teachings are not biblical, we have provided a selected list of key biblical/Christian words and the false definition that the Mormon Church gives to them.…

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Fact a Day: September 6th

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 10-11 Does the Mormon Church give biblical words an entirely false meaning? (continued)   [Additional re-definitions given to biblical/Christian words by the Mormon Church] The Gospel: Mormon theology. Born-again: water baptism into Mormonism. Immortality: salvation by grace (the universal resurrection of all men). Atonement: the…

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Fact a Day: September 7th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 13   How does Mormonism view the Christian religion?   The Mormon Church teaches that shortly after the time of the disciples, the Christian church apostatized and was not restored until Joseph Smith’s “first vision” in 1820. Mormonism considers Christianity its enemy because it believes…

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Fact a Day: September 8th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 15   What does Mormonism teach about God?   In his own words, Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, emphasized, “I wish to declare I have always and in all congregations where I have preached on the subject of deity, it has [been on] the…

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Fact a Day: September 9th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 18   What does Mormonism teach about Jesus Christ?   Mormonism claims that it believes in the true, biblical Jesus Christ. One publicity booklet teaches, “Christ is our Redeemer and our Savior. Except for him, there would be no salvation and no redemption….”* Statements like…

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Fact a Day: September 10th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 21   What do Mormons teach about salvation and life after death?   Mormon teaching on salvation presents different kinds of salvation leading to different kinds of heaven. First there is a general salvation which Mormons call “salvation by grace.” Mormonism affirms this occurs to…

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Fact a Day: September 11th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 22   Do Mormons teach that true salvation occurs only by good works and personal righteousness?   From its inception, the Mormon Church has consistently and adamantly opposed the clear biblical teaching of justification by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9; Philippians 3:9). In fact,…

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Fact a Day: September 12th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 24   What does Mormonism teach about the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross?   Mormonism claims that “salvation comes because of the atonement.”* However, in spite of such claims, the Mormon Church does not believe in the biblical atonement, but rather in…

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Fact a Day: September 13th

The Facts on The Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 28-29   What intractable problems face the Book of Mormon?   Dr. Hugh Nibley of Brigham Young University (who some Mormons feel is one of the greatest scholars in the Church) declares: “The Book of Mormon can and should be tested. It invites criticism.”* Tenth…

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Fact a Day: September 14th

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 31   Are the Mormon scriptures really the Word of God? If so, why has the Church made significant changes in them; why do they contain demonstrable errors and undeniable contradictions?   The Mormon Church claims that the Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great…

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Fact a Day: September 15th

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) p. 33   What is the irreconcilable dilemma for the individual Mormon?   The irreconcilable dilemma for the individual Mormon is that represented by all spiritistic inspiration: contradictory revelation. On some very vital issues, the early Mormon prophets deny and contradict modern Mormon prophets and vice…

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Fact a Day: September 16th

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 33-34   If the Mormon prophets were divinely inspired, how does the Mormon Church explain their false prophecies?   In his own words, Joseph Smith himself emphasized: The only way of ascertaining a true prophet is to compare his prophecies with the ancient Word of…

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Fact a Day: September 17th

The Facts on the Mormon Church (Harvest House, 1991) pp. 42-43   What is the true basis of eternal life and how is it found?   Biblically, eternal life with God and Christ is a reality that begins the moment a person receives the true Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior from sin.…

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Fact a Day: September 18th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 7-8   Why are NDEs a more vital subject than people think?   Most of us are familiar with the common elements of the popularly reported composite near-death experience. After undergoing a near-fatal car accident, heart attack, or other physical tragedy, a person is near death…

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Fact a Day: September 19th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 11   Do NDEs decrease or increase suicidal tendencies?   If the final loss of hope is a primary reason for suicide, it could be expected that the intensely meaningful nature of the NDE would, at least temporarily, alleviate the problem. Life may be considered much…

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Fact a Day: September 20th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 16   What about abortion and NDEs?   Because all human life is unique and precious, abortion has become the single worst tragedy in our nation’s history, with over 30 million people dead who would otherwise be living. Jesus once called the devil “the father of…

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Fact a Day: September 21st

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 17-18   What are some theological consequences of the NDE and its popular interpretation?   Sufficient research has not been done to declare that the “average” NDE always conveys a specific religious or philosophical message. If current NDE research is metaphysically biased then certain deficiencies exist…

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Fact a Day: September 22nd

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 22   What about the NDEs that teach reincarnation?   The philosophy of reincarnation is also communicated in many NDEs. P. M. H. Atwater believes that “Reincarnation is a favorite topic for near-death survivors….For most, it becomes a fact of life”;* and, “They talk about reincarnation…

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Fact a Day: September 23rd

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 26-27   What are the day-to-day consequences of many NDEs?   People who have NDEs need understanding and sympathy because, for many, life becomes more difficult—sometimes even miserable. So many NDErs are having difficulties that researchers are now turning to an examination of this problem and…

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Fact a Day: September 24th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 28   What are the day-to-day consequences of many NDEs? (Continued)   According to Dr. Sutherland’s research, “Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the results is the major increase in the number of divorced people following the NDE….almost all ascribe their divorce primarily to the affereffects…

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Fact a Day: September 25th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 31   What are the day-to-day consequences of many NDEs? (Continued)   In Deceived by the Light, Dr. Groothuis discusses the lack of holiness that is a characteristic feature of reported NDEs. Many NDErs seem to come back entirely unconcerned with the biblical category of sin,…

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Fact a Day: September 26th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 32-33   What are some problems of near-death research? Are there spiritually profitable and godly NDEs?   If one examines the major books and research conducted into NDEs, one discovers that most NDE researchers generally seem to have a basic “New Age” interest, background, or philosophy.…

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Fact a Day: September 27th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 36-37   What are some problems of near-death research? Are there spiritually profitable and godly NDEs? (Continued)   While we must be careful to recognize the presence of clear occult influences in the NDE phenomenon,* we should not conclude that all NDEs are necessarily evil or…

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Fact a Day: September 28th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 37-38   What can we do to help people who are suffering consequences from their NDEs?   So what can we do to help people who have had NDEs? First, if a committed Christian has had an NDE, one should not conclude that their experience was…

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Fact a Day: September 29th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 39   What will heaven be like?   Heaven is not a perpetual vacation—something that would be terribly boring after only 50 years. Heaven is an eternity of purpose and destiny. After the largest conceivable amount of time multiplied indefinitely by the largest conceivable amount of…

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Fact a Day: September 30th

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 41   What will life in hell be like?   Hell may be ridiculed and outdated in the minds of many people, but that does not change its reality. Given the infinite holiness of God, one thing is certain—the strongest arguments against hell will be silenced…

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Fact a Day: October 1st

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 5   What is the origin of Halloween?   In A.D. 835 Pope Gregory IV designated November 1 as All Saints Day or All Hallow’s Day (the term Hallow refers to saints). The day before this, October 31, was known as All Hallow’s Evening [thus: Halloween]. Long…

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Fact a Day: October 2nd

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 6 What is the origin of Halloween?   The Celts and their Druid priests began their New Year on November 1, which marked the beginning of Winter. They apparently believed that on October 31, the night before their New Year and the last day of the old…

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Fact a Day: October 3rd

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 8-9 Are the specific customs of Halloween related to pagan beliefs?   The Jack-o’-lantern. The carved pumpkin may have originated with the witches’ use of a skull with a candle in it to light the way to coven meetings. But among the Irish, who caused the popularization…

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Fact a Day: October 4th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 9   Are the specific customs of Halloween related to pagan beliefs?   Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Costumes. There are several possibilities for the origin of this pastime. One is from the idea that witches allegedly had to steal the materials needed for their festivals. The ancient Druids…

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Fact a Day: October 5th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 10, 8   Are the specific customs of Halloween related to pagan beliefs?   Fruits and nuts. Halloween involves fruit centerpieces, apples and nuts. Three of the sacred fruits of the Celts were acorns, apples and nuts, especially the hazelnut, considered a god, and the acorn, sacred…

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Fact a Day: October 6th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 11   How does Halloween relate historically to the Catholic Church, the dead and purgatory?   In the Middle Ages the Catholic Church attempted to oppose the paganism involved in the Samhain festival by making November 1 All Saint’s Day and November 2 All Soul’s Day. As…

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Fact a Day: October 7th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 13   Is Halloween related to modern occult practices?   Although Halloween as commonly practiced today is an innocent time for most youngsters, it is a very serious observance for many witches, neo-pagans and other occultists. Before we proceed, it should be noted that the historic and…

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Fact a Day: October 8th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 16-18 Do pagan elements of Halloween automatically disqualify it for Christian participation?   We would not deny that because of the modern occult revival and its implications for society, one must strongly question the advisability of Christian parents allowing their children to dress up as genuine occult…

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Fact a Day: October 9th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 16-18   Do pagan elements of Halloween automatically disqualify it for Christian participation?   We would not deny that because of the modern occult revival and its implications for society, one must strongly question the advisability of Christian parents allowing their children to dress up as genuine…

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Fact a Day: October 10th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 18-19 What biblical principles apply for discerning this issue? (con’t)   Second, we must carefully evaluate the circumstances involved, as well as allow and respect the differences of opinion on this subject. The apostle Paul’s discussion of circumstantial prohibition, individual conscience, and personal conviction in 1 Corinthians…

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Fact a Day: October 11th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), p. 19 What biblical principles apply for discerning this issue? (con’t)   The apostle Paul knew that an idol was nothing and that there was no actual god associated with the idol. He knew that demons, not gods, were the unseen objects behind idol worship. Therefore, in his…

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Fact a Day: October 12th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 19-20   What biblical principles apply for discerning this issue? (con’t)   The Scripture is clear that there is only one true God (See Isaiah 44:6,8; 46:9). So, it is logical to conclude there is only one true religion. Therefore Scripture is correct when it declares “all…

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Fact a Day: October 13th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 20-21   What biblical principles apply for discerning this issue? (con’t)   In New Testament times, there were other matters in which Christians had different views besides meat sacrificed to idols. For example, Jewish Christians may have been unwilling to give up certain requirements of the law…

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Fact a Day: October 14th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 21-22   What biblical principles apply for discerning this issue? (con’t)   Besides the issue of those who don’t want anything to do with Halloween because of its occult history and contemporary occult associations, there is the issue of those who are converted out of the occult…

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Fact a Day: October 15th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 22-23   What are some Halloween alternatives?   There are many positive alternatives to Halloween. No child should feel left out because his parents don’t want him to participate in the traditional observances. Many churches have alternative activities on Halloween night such as “carnivals” and youth parties.…

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Fact a Day: October 16th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 5 The occult revival in our land is a spiritual AIDS, an AIDS of the soul. In many ways occult activity is similar to an unperceived virus operating within the human organism: it may exist for some period without producing symptoms, or it may kill quickly.…

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Fact a Day: October 17th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 7   Why is the subject of the occult important and how influential is it?   In the last 30 years America has experienced a major revival of the occult. One of the great modern scholars on comparative religion and occultism, the late Mircea Eliade of…

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Fact a Day: October 18th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 9-10 What is the occult?   The Oxford American Dictionary defines the occult as: 1. secret, hidden except from those with more than ordinary knowledge. 2. involving the supernatural, occult powers. The occult [involves] the world of the supernatural, mystical or magical.* Webster’s Third International Dictionary…

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Fact a Day: October 19th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 11 Are the supernatural entities and spirits of the occult who they claim to be, or are they something else entirely?   We do not think these spirits and entities are what they claim to be. It is, therefore, one purpose of this discussion to offer…

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Fact a Day: October 20th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 11-12   Do all men have natural psychic ability or are psychic abilities mediated through spiritistic (demonic) power?   A very common occult practice involves the development of psychic abilities. Yet a great deal of confusion exists as to what psychic abilities are. Are they really…

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Fact a Day: October 21st

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 14   Do all men have natural psychic ability or are psychic abilities mediated through spiritistic (demonic) power?   The bottom line is this: Wherever psychic powers are found, the spirit world is also found. Further, apart from these spirit beings, those with psychic abilities claim…

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Fact a Day: October 22nd

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 15   What does the Bible say about the devil?   The Bible has a great deal to say about Satan or the devil. The devil is seen to be an apostate angel who fell from heaven (Luke 10:18; Jude 6; Rev. 12:9). He is called…

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Fact a Day: October 23rd

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 16   Are demons polymorphs (able to assume different forms), and what are poltergeists? What are the implications of the imitating capacities of demons?   As we have seen, the Scripture speaks of the reality of a personal devil and myriads of demons who have “great…

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Fact a Day: October 24th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 16-17   Are demons polymorphs (able to assume different forms), and what are poltergeists? What are the implications of the imitating capacities of demons? (con’t)   Poltergeists provide one illustration of the subtlety of demonic strategies. For demonologists of the sixteenth century, the phenomenon of the…

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Fact a Day: October 25th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 19   What biblical evidence exists that psychic powers are produced by demons and are not natural human capacities?   It is our conviction that not only the history of parapsychology and the occult, but biblical teaching as well, indicates that human nature is devoid of…

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Fact a Day: October 26th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 22-23   How can we know when psychic experiences become dangerous?   Unfortunately, we cannot know when psychic experiences become dangerous. We can only say that they should not be sought. Brooks Alexander, senior researcher for Spiritual Counterfeits Project in Berkeley, CA, made the following observation:…

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Fact a Day: October 27th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 23-24   Are there physical and psychological dangers to occult practice?   It should be obvious that one reason the occult is dangerous is because it brings people into contact with demons who, despite their benevolent claim, have little love for men. In the Bible, demons…

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Fact a Day: October 28th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 25   Are there physical and psychological dangers to occult practice?   During his lifetime, Dr. Koch counseled over 11,000 people* who had encountered problems arising from their occult practices. He observes of those who carry on an active occult practice, “The family histories and the…

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Fact a Day: October 29th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 28-29   Is demonization a very real possibility for those involved in the occult?   In essence, a demonized person is one who is under the direct influence or control of one or more demons. Symptoms of demonization are not present at all times and demons…

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Fact a Day: October 30th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 30-31   What are some of the moral and social consequences of occultism?   Occult philosophy is typically amoral, that is, it is not ultimately concerned with moral standards. This is why, for many people, occult practice becomes an addiction to evil. As Dr. Unger asserts,…

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Fact a Day: October 31st

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), pp. 36-42   Deliverance from the Occult   [Most of this material is taken from Dr. Kurt Koch’s book Occult Bondage and Deliverance, pages 85-131.] First and foremost, a correct diagnosis is essential; for example, mental illness must not be mistaken for occult bondage…. Second, it must…

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Fact a Day: November 1st

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 4   The Critical Issue   This booklet addresses a subject that affects all of us directly or indirectly. The subject is important precisely because of what it studies—persons made in God’s image. It studies us as people, and therefore has great power to influence us for better or worse, depending…

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Fact a Day: November 2nd

(Harvest House, 1995), pp. 4-5   This booklet offers a forthright polemic against modern psychology. This is not because we are against counseling per se; many people in our society need high-quality counseling. Nor are we against psychology per se. The study of the human psyche, or mind and personality, is a worthwhile endeavor. What…

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Fact a Day: November 3rd

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 5   In this booklet, we are not implying that Christians who need counsel should not seek it out. Rather, we are saying that people should exercise caution in their choice of Christian counselors and make certain that the primary authority is Scripture, not psychology. When Scripture teaches us to “seek…

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Fact a Day: November 4th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 6   Is There a Crisis in Modern Psychology?   In the last hundred years the multibillion dollar psychotherapeutic industry has woven itself into the fabric of American society at virtually all levels—industry, science, medicine, schools, church, business, and family life. It would be tragic indeed if all this turned out…

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Fact a Day: November 5th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 11   Is Psychotherapy Based on Science or Subjectivism? (Con’t)   Do psychology and psychotherapy constitute coherent sciences? In order to address this important issue, the American Psychological Association appointed Sigmund Koch to direct a study to be subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This study involved eighty eminent scholars in…

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Fact a Day: November 6th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 10   Is Psychotherapy Based on Science or Subjectivism?   If psychology were truly a coherent science we would expect to find a considerable amount of agreement within its ranks, just as one finds in biology or chemistry. Instead, we find hundreds of psychotherapies and thousands of therapeutic techniques, all different…

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Fact a Day: November 7th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 11   Is Psychotherapy Based on Science or Subjectivism? (Con’t)   Do psychology and psychotherapy constitute coherent sciences? In order to address this important issue, the American Psychological Association appointed Sigmund Koch to direct a study to be subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This study involved eighty eminent scholars in…

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Fact a Day: November 8th

(Harvest House, 1995), pp. 12-13   Is Modern Psychology Anti-Christian?   We are convinced that most Christians do not fully understand the true nature of secular psychology. Modern psychology is clearly anti-Christian. It rejects God, ignores sin, deifies man, and frequently castigates Christianity, Christ, and the Bible as irrelevant or dangerous. Many of the most…

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Fact a Day: November 9th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 16   Is Psychotherapy Necessary or Effective?   The reason so many people seek therapy today is because there really is something wrong with them. Biblically, we know that the fundamental problem with mankind is sin and alienation from God, and that this condition can produce all kinds of symptoms and…

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Fact a Day: November 10th

(Harvest House, 1995), pp. 21-22   Are There Dangers to Psychotherapy?   Most people do not realize that therapy can be explicitly harmful. Increasingly, studies are revealing that psychotherapy can be truly hazardous. Turax and Carkhuff made the following astounding claim: “The evidence now available suggests that, on the average, psychotherapy may be harmful as…

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Fact a Day: November 11th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 24   How Has the Occult Influenced Modern Psychology?   Psychology today is increasingly accepting the occult—so much so that a large text would be needed to do justice to this topic. In 1988 psychologist Gary Collins wrote, “There is evidence that occult practices have been accepted by a large and…

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Fact a Day: November 12th

(Harvest House, 1995), pp. 25-26   Is Christian Integration a Worthwhile or Successful Discipline?   Those who wish to combine psychology with the Bible do not usually seek to blend both fields into one new discipline but to retain fidelity to Scripture on the one hand while using the insights and data of psychology on…

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Fact a Day: November 13th

(Harvest House, 1995), pp. 31-32   Is Christian Integration a Worthwhile or Successful Discipline? (con’t)   Integrationists confess that “we are still a long way away from anything like a consensus on just what constitutes a uniquely Christian approach to counseling or psycho-therapy.”* In the meantime, a perusal of integrationist literature reveals that many Christian…

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Fact a Day: November 14th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 33   What Are Codependency and Recovery?   Codependency and recovery deal with the themes of alleged addictions—of being addicted to destructive behaviors (alcohol abuse, sex, gambling) or of being hurt by “addictive” or abusive relationships, whether in childhood or adulthood. The terms may refer to being controlled or “dependent” upon…

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Fact a Day: November 15th

(Harvest House, 1995), p. 38   Do Self-Esteem Programs Work and Is Self-Esteem a Biblical Principle?   The entire infrastructure of modern psychological self-esteem teaching is based on a faulty premise—namely, the inherent goodness and perfectibility of human nature in light of humanistic premises. Thus self-esteem teachings are destined to fail not only because they…

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Fact a Day: November 16th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997) p. 6   What is a psychic and what are psychic readings?   Put simply, a psychic is a person who uses occult, supernatural abilities for a variety of purposes. A psychic reading is the use of an individual’s psychic abilities to supply occult information to oneself…

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Fact a Day: November 17th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 6-7   Why are psychics and psychic readings so popular?   There are many reasons for the modern revival of interest in the psychic realm. In our documentation of the dangers of psychic practices, The Coming Darkness (Harvest House, 1993), we discussed a number of them,…

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Fact a Day: November 18th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), pp. 8-9   Aren’t psychic hotlines just cleverly marketed schemes to get people’s money?   While psychic infomercials provide the standard disclaimer that their service is “for entertainment purposes only,” no one should fail to recognize that PFN [Psychic Friends Network] and, apparently, most the other major…

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Fact a Day: November 19th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 10-11   What can psychics do that makes them different from the rest of us?   Although many, and perhaps most, psychics would claim there is no ultimate difference between a psychic individual and one who is not psychic, this is simply not so. Psychics may…

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Fact a Day: November 20th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997) pp. 12-13   How involved is the U.S. military in psychic research and application?   Recent news programs and TV specials, as well as official confirmation by the U.S. government, indicate that the American military has been deliberately involved in the investigation and application of psychic abilities…

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Fact a Day: November 21st

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), p. 15   What can we conclude about psychics when examined and compared historically and today?   Why is it important to look at psychics historically? Because today it is wrongly assumed by many that those with psychic abilities are simply tapping into the “higher powers” of…

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Fact a Day: November 22nd

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), p. 18   How does the “scientific” discipline of parapsychology show that psychics and mediums belong in the same category?   Parapsychology, or psychical research, is the “scientific” study of what is called “psi,” a term that refers to psychic events and abilities and/or the energy through…

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Fact a Day: November 23rd

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), p. 20   How accurate are psychic readings and does scientific testing disprove psychic abilities?   The problem with psychic readings is that they often aren’t accurate. This is simply a fact: Seeking out psychic readings then, is really a form of metaphysical gambling. There’s a small…

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Fact a Day: November 24th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), pp. 23-24   What is the basic theological world view of psychics, and how does it compare with the biblical world view?   As noted, psychics usually claim their abilities come from God and their personal philosophy is in harmony with divine interests. Some even claim their…

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Fact a Day: November 25th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), p. 26   What does the Bible say about psychics and psychic readings?   We saw in a previous question that considered historically and logically, psychics really belong in the category of spiritists and mediums. And the Bible has a great deal to say about such individuals.…

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Fact a Day: November 26th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), pp. 28-31   How are psychic powers developed?   Psychic powers are developed in three principal ways: 1) heredity, 2) psychic development and 3) transference. There is little doubt that psychic powers can be hereditary. We surveyed some of the evidence for this in The Coming Darkness*…

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Fact a Day: November 27th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), pp. 31-32   Does the Bible imply that psychic abilities are innate potentials of the human race?   It is our conviction that not only the history of the psychic and the occult, but biblical teaching as well, indicate that human nature is devoid of the supernatural…

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Fact a Day: November 28th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), pp. 34-35   What have psychics themselves stated about their abilities?   If those who claim psychic powers (and acknowledge the presence of spirits in their lives) freely confess that apart from their spirit guides, they have no supernatural abilities, then where do those who do not…

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Fact a Day: November 29th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), pp. 38-39   What are some personal and national consequences of the psychic revolution?   While the life of a psychic can be interesting, it is also often miserable. To illustrate, the following comments by psychic Sylvia Brown could sooner or later apply to just about any…

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Fact a Day: November 30th

The Facts on Psychic Readings (Harvest House, 1997), p. 44   What should you do if you are psychic?   The dangers of psychic involvement are real. If you are currently involved and have not yet experienced the cost it is only a matter of time. But please know that there is only one way…

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Fact a Day: December 1st

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 5-6   Preface: Angels, Angels, Everywhere   Why is it important that we know about angels? Angels constitute one of the most intriguing subjects one could ever study. Leading philosopher Mortimer J. Adler editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica and architect of The Great Books of the Western…

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Fact a Day: December 2nd

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 7-8   Just how popular are angels today—and why?   With literally tens of millions of people now interested in angels—and even open to personal contact with them—no one can deny the importance or relevance of this topic. But this doesn’t answer the question of why angels…

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Fact a Day: December 3rd

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) p. 9   What is the meaning of the biblical words for angel?   The Hebrew word mal’akh and the Greek word aggelos both mean “messenger” and can be used of either men or spirits. For example, in Mark 1:2 aggelos is applied directly to John the Baptist,…

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Fact a Day: December 4th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 11-12   How powerful are angels?   Angels are incredibly powerful. Peter puts the case mildly when he says they are “greater in power and might” than men (2 Peter 2:11). For example, only one angel was sent to destroy the entire city of Jerusalem (1 Chronicles…

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Fact a Day: December 5th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 12-13   What do good angels actually do in the Bible?   The angels who were created by God and Christ (Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:16) and who did not rebel with Lucifer (Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:16) exist primarily for God and Christ and thus have their lives…

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Fact a Day: December 6th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) p. 16   Does everyone have a guardian angel?   Although Scripture does not explicitly state that everyone has a guardian angel, many commentators feel that this could be true, at least for believers. Certainly, given the innumerable number of the angels and God’s love for His own…

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Fact a Day: December 7th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995), p. 17   What does it mean for us today that Satan and his demons were once holy angels who fell from their heavenly position of glory?   The biblical truth that some angels are now evil beings means that spiritual discernment is not a luxury but a…

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Fact a Day: December 8th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) p. 18   Exactly who are the evil angels, what are some false ideas concerning them, and what are their powers?   Demons are not the spirits of dead men or a pre-Adamite race, as some people argue, for the spirits of the human dead are not free…

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Fact a Day: December 9th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) p. 20   Do the popular angels deny key biblical teachings? Can holy angels possibly deny Christ’s teachings?   The godly angels would never deny the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible. Yet the popular angels do this as a matter of routine. Consider a few examples:…

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Fact a Day: December 10th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 20-21   Are the popular angels active in cults? What are some false Christian approaches to angels?   Most people would be surprised to know that literally scores of modern cults and new religions were instituted and/or nurtured by “angelic” contact. Consider a few examples. As we…

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Fact a Day: December 11th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 25-27   How do popular angels support the world of the occult?   It would be impossible to provide even the briefest survey of the manner in which the popular angels promote the world of the occult. In Angel Wisdom we find the encouragement to use mantras…

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Fact a Day: December 12th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 28-29 What about popular angels, Mary, the Pope, and Roman Catholicism?   Like most nonbiblical religions,* Roman Catholicism has a long tradition of accepting angelic visitations. A common Catholic “prayer to your guardian angel,” which all devout Catholics learn, reads, “Angel of God, my guardian dear, to…

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Fact a Day: December 13th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 29-30   Why would popular angels be interested in supporting the environmental movement?   Environmental radicalism has now become a national concern, the result of overzealous activists and politicians whose sometimes misguided ways have done considerably more harm to the environment than good.* But one also finds…

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Fact a Day: December 14th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) p. 31   What examples illustrate how the popular angels distort the Bible?   Perhaps the most consistent characteristic of the popular angels’ approach to religion, besides inspiring false religion, is their distortion of the Bible. Obviously, if these were godly angels—especially angels who took part in the…

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Fact a Day: December 15th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) p. 34   What do the popular angels teach about ethics and the new morality?   The morality offered by the popular angels is consistent with that found in the occult in general—a self-generated morality achieved through “higher” consciousness that allows one to justify everything and to live…

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Fact a Day: December 16th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 40-41   What about popular angels and other important methods of spiritual deception?   We think that the true reason demons are impersonating godly angels today is not only for purposes of spiritual deception, theologically and philosophically, but also so that the demons can more easily possess…

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Fact a Day: December 17th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 4-5 Jesus of Nazareth changed the world. Never has there been a man like Him, and never will there be. He is the subject of more books, plays, poetry, films, and worship than any man in human history. To read His words carefully—alongside those of…

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Fact a Day: December 18th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 7-8   Did God promise to speak through His prophets things concerning the future?   God did promise to speak through His prophets. In fact He said this would be proof that He was God, indeed, the true God for all the earth. He even…

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Fact a Day: December 19th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993), p. 8   What is the definition of the word Messiah?   The word Messiah is taken from Psalm 2:2 and Daniel 9:25,26 where Mashiyach (Hebrew), Christos (Greek) means “Anointed One.” The term takes its meaning from the Jewish practice of “anointing” prophets, priests, and kings…

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Fact a Day: December 20th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 9-10   If specific prophecies were fulfilled by the Messiah, does the science of probability consider this “proof” there is a God?   If we assume some 456 prophecies are fulfilled in one person, what does the science of probability say about this? In brief,…

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Fact a Day: December 21st

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 11, 14   Genesis 3:15—Who is the seed (offspring) of the woman who crushes the head of Satan? The Biblical Text (1400 B.C.)   So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this… I will put enmity between you and the…

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Fact a Day: December 22nd

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 14-16   Genesis 12:2,3;22:18—Who is the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that will eventually bless all nations? The Biblical Texts (1400 B.C.)   And Jehovah said to Abram… “I will make of you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name…

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Fact a Day: December 23rd

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 16-17   Deuteronomy 18:15—Who is the “prophet like Moses” of whom God says, “You must listen to him”? The Biblical Text (1400 B.C.)   [Moses is speaking] The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet from among your own people, like myself;…

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Fact a Day: December 24th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 20, 23   Psalm 22—Who is the one crucified? The Biblical Text (1000 B.C.)   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?… All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: “He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue…

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Fact a Day: December 25th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 24-25   Isaiah 9:6,7—Who is the child that is God and will have an everlasting kingdom?   The Biblical Text (700 B.C.) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he…

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Fact a Day: December 26th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 26, 28   Isaiah 53—Who was crushed and pierced for our transgressions so that we would be healed by his wounds; upon whom did the Lord lay the iniquity of all mankind?   The Biblical Text (700 B.C.) Who has believed our message and to…

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Fact a Day: December 27th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 33-35   Jeremiah 23:5,6—Who is the righteous Branch, the wise king, who will be called “the Lord our righteousness”? The Biblical Text (600 B.C.)   Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and He will reign as…

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Fact a Day: December 28th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 36, 38   Daniel 9:24-27—Who is the “Anointed One” to be “cut off” after 483 years? The Biblical Text (500 B.C.)   Seventy “weeks” are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for…

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Fact a Day: December 29th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 39-41   Micah 5:2—Who is the one who is eternal, who will be the ruler over Israel, who is born in Bethlehem Ephrathah? The Biblical Text (700 B.C.)   But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are least among the thousands of Judah, out of you…

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Fact a Day: December 30th

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 42-43   Zechariah 12:10—Who is Jehovah, “the one they have pierced,” for whom Jerusalem and all the nation of Israel will weep and mourn? The Biblical Text (500 B.C.)   And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem,…

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Fact a Day: December 31st

The Facts on Jesus the Messiah (Harvest House, 1993) p. 45   Conclusion: Who Is the Messiah?   After carefully examining several prophecies, we see that Jesus Christ has fulfilled all of them. No one else in all human history has ever done so. And we have examined just a few of the prophecies concerning…

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