The Worst Possible Advice

A Heartbreaking Story

The Book of Job tells a difficult story which involves great loss and hardship, and the choice to trust in God no matter what. The calamities that befall Job after Satan is allowed by God to harm him are truly devastating. Job first loses his livestock, which were both his livelihood and his fortune. He then loses all of his children, which were his true treasure and hope for the future. He finally loses much of his health, left in a miserable and painful state covered in boils.

Understanding the Journey

Life’s Answers

Life is full of difficulties and hardship, and more so for some then for others. Trying to understand these difficulties and face these hardships leads many to question the purpose for life. Of course, the Bible provides the answers to these questions, assuming man is honest enough with himself to accept them.

Concerning the Death Penalty

A Controversy

The death penalty is a perennial topic of controversy in the world today, as has been such a topic for some time. Individual States in America vacillate between instituting and removing the practice with various election cycles (such a proposition to remove the practice in the State of California was put before voters this year).

What Are the Odds?

Probabilities

The science of statistics is an area of study that focuses upon the likelihood of certain events and the frequency of certain events. It is a useful area of study, especially for such things as risk assessment or sociology. However, in terms of ratios of odds, many people are not fully appreciative of what certain odds mean.

The Fear of the Lord

A Biblical Expression

In the Bible the expression “fear of the Lord” is used quite often. For instance, in the Proverbs this fear is called “the beginning of knowledge” (1:7, NASU). In describes the particular attitude of a people, such as Abraham’s description of the people of Gerar: “there is no fear of God in this place” (Gen. 19:11). It also describes obedience and choosing to serve God, such as Job when Satan asked, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9).