Articles about Religion, Atheism, and Odd Theology

These articles express the many viewpoints in opposition to Christian thought. Some knowledge of world religions, cults, and atheism is helpful for Christians, who have been tasked with making disciples of those who do not yet believe.

A Friend Told Me I Don’t Have the Holy Spirit Because I Don’t Speak in Tongues. Is This True?

The New Testament refers a number of times to people speaking in tongues. That is, believers being enabled to speak in languages they hadn't previously learned. Many in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are taught that every believer will speak in tongues, as that is 'the initial physical evidence' of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Video, 3:14

Progressive Christians: Where and How They Differ with Jesus

These days, many who claim the name of Jesus are also politically and theologically "progressive." They don't view God, Jesus, or the Bible in the traditional sense of what Christians have believed from the first century forward. They often substitute their own views for those found in Scripture. For this reason, it's important to be able to compare progressive beliefs with Scriptural truths.

Original Sin or Original Blessing?

Mormons and New-Agers have something in common: they often consider the Fall of Man to be a positive development for humanity, rather than a negative one. This contradicts what we read in the Bible, of course. Alisa Childers outlines the problems with this view.

Donall and Conall Learn that Jesus isn’t Divine

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus was God's first creation, and not God Himself. This is rightly considered heresy, of course... but can you explain why they're wrong about the interpretation of John 1:1, where - they claim - Jesus is "a" god and not "the" God? Video, 5:30

The State of Theology 2020

Every two years, Ligonier Ministries commissions a survey of 3000 Americans to learn what they believe about God. As usual, "This survey shows that people inside the church need clear Bible teaching just as much as those outside the church."

Why I Don’t Flow with Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr is an author, Franciscan, and a controversial figure on the fringes of Christianity. Here, Fred Sanders reviews his book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation. Despite Rohr's popularity, it doesn't sound like the book will be a net benefit to anyone.

Why Doesn’t the Bible Address Modern Atheism?

The Bible spends almost no time on whether God exists. Instead, most of what we read expresses God's character. In a world of competing religions, polytheism, and syncretism, there was no real need for answering atheism.

What is the New Apostolic Reformation?

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a movement made up of a number of like-minded people who call themselves Christian, but share a number of unbiblical ideas. Most NAR teachers are also Word of Faith teachers, another decidedly unbiblical set of ideas.

My Experiences with Seventh-Day Adventists

"When I was a teen, I went to a church in a Seattle suburb. Another church down the street had a split over doctrine. They were Seventh-Day Adventists."

Two Definitions of ‘Good,’ Atheist and Christian — And How That Explains the Trouble We’re In

Tom Gilson responds to a personal challenge from an atheist author's book, The Case Against Miracles. During his study, Gilson realized that the author's conception of good differs greatly from a Christian view, and points to some of the implications.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision vs. The Resurrection of Jesus: A Historical Comparison

Sean McDowell talks with Robert Bowman of the Institute for Religious Research about his book, Jesus' Resurrection and Joseph's Visions: Examining the Foundations of Christianity and Mormonism. In the book, Bowman compares the historical evidence for Jesus' resurrection and Joseph Smith's first vision.

Do All Religions Lead To God?

A common belief in our culture today is that all religions ultimately lead to God... that their differences are irrelevant, since 'all roads lead to Heaven.' Does this claim stand up to scrutiny? Video 4:30

Bethel and the New Age

In this 72-minute interview, Holly Pivec discusses the heretical problems with the new apostolic reformation (NAR) churches, especially Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Due to the popularity of their music program, this is an important issue.

When Atheists Say, ‘I Read the Bible, That’s Why I’m an Atheist.’

If you've spent any time online discussing Christianity with atheists, you may have heard this. While it's clever, it also suggests that they may not have actually read the Bible, let alone understood it.

Every Religion Claims to be Historical (but only Christianity is)

While every religion makes claims about being unique and having history behind them, the historical evidence for Christianity stands out. Compare the historicity of a number of world religions with Christianity, and it becomes evident that there's a significant difference.

Atheism’s Empty Soul

Whether life has any real meaning is a nearly-universal question. At its core, atheism must deny that life has any objective meaning. With no God, there can be no objective meaning, so there can be no objective morality.

Does Purgatory Exist?

Because of the massive influence of Catholicism on the general theology of the world, a lot of people believe in something called purgatory. Before we can talk about whether purgatory exists, we need to first understand what it is, and where the idea came from.