Where Was Eden?

Genesis 2 reads like it is describing actual geography, but the sort that does not exist anywhere on the globe today, which is exactly what we would expect if today’s geography was totally reshaped by the global flood in Noah’s day. Yet, many people believe Eden should be located somewhere around Mesopotamia. Could they be right, and how can we know?

We want to encourage our readers to dig deeply into the Word of God. When we study Scripture, we must carefully examine the entire text to discern what it intends to communicate. Secularists and compromised Christian scholars (e.g. those who maintain the idea of a local flood in Genesis to appease long-age thinking) have caused much confusion. In the case of the location of Eden, however, we do not have to chase fables and accidental associations. It is no longer with us.

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Whatsapp Broadcasts And Fake News

The elections have come and gone and one was, at times, overwhelmed with the amount of propaganda, lies, and fake news that was doing the rounds, most being shared on WhatsApp and via SMS. One would receive the same WhatsApp message from ten different people, and yet not one person had taken the time to verify the facts, but instead just ignorantly forwarded everything that popped up on their phone. It is exhausting and disturbing.

Sharing false news releases a spirit of fear and division. We, as Christians, must operate in the opposite spirit.
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Famous Fathers In The Bible

Scripture is filled with people who we can learn much from. When it comes to the challenging vocation of fatherhood, several fathers in the Bible show what is wise to do, and what is not wise to do. Of course, the most important father figure in the Bible is that of God the Father, the ultimate role model for all human dads.

His love, kindness, patience, wisdom, and protectiveness are impossible standards to live up to. Fortunately, He is also forgiving and understanding, answering fathers’ prayers and giving them expert guidance so they can be the man their family wants them to be.
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A Message For The Christian Who Has Stopped Going To Church

I love Jesus, but I don’t do church. This is the beginning of a conversation that I have had countless times with people of all different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. As well as, I am a Christian, but I do not have to go to church in order to love Jesus. It is true. We definitely do not have to do anything for God, nor is our salvation based on our works or church attendance. But it is also true that when we surrender our lives to Him, we naturally desire to learn more about Him, to be a part of the Body of Christ, and to be held accountable and pointed towards sanctification. We are called to live out an active faith.

The church isn’t primarily a building or a set of programmes or events. It’s a family. A broken family, yes. But a family all-the-more, seeking God to love more, serve more, and share light in a super, super dark world. We see throughout the Bible that Christ Himself was part of the church. His apostles were as well.
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