Symbolic vs Literal Interpretation
Some scholars have presented Song of Songs as symbolic of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church. Each image in the poem according to this line of thought were given meaning to suit this interpretation.
But the more accepted view is that Song of Songs is a collection of love poems … Read the rest
In his eyes
I saw that look
Of love’s gentle light.
It stripped my soul
Naked and bare
And lit up all past
Snapshots of remote access.
It was quite unlike
The vulturous looks
Of those who tore apart
My flesh; and left me empty
Like the beer cans that littered the streets.
And then … Read the rest
So many youngsters are worried about finding God’s will. In today’s world they are more in confusion about right sexual conduct.
The Bible speaks about this in very clear terms.
That means run away from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Tim 2:22). So do not stay in a place, situation or in … Read the rest
God knows all about sex. He talks honestly about sex-issues in the Bible. At first reading one might be shocked why such things are in the Bible. Instead of dismissing that thought, continue to think: Why has God talked about sex so much in the Bible?
This is because men and women made sex an … Read the rest
You have hope. You are not a failure in God’s eyes because you are struggling with the habit of masturbation!
You’re probably reading this article because you are longing to find victory over this sinful habit. You have struggled to overcome this habit for so many years; but have failed. Each time you failed, you … Read the rest
We act all the time everyday; not in movies but in our interaction with others. We put on masks. We wear one at home, put on another at the workplace and yet another at the Church. And the most difficult part comes when at times the masks are accidentally removed at the wrong places to … Read the rest
Jesus said: “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:22, 23 NIV).
Jesus … Read the rest
Do not think you’re a hypocrite. You become a hypocrite only when you try to hide your sins from God. Confess them and seek the cleansing through the precious blood of Jesus. Do not wait for the right moment. Do not wait for the next day. Seek His forgiveness and washing with His precious blood … Read the rest
Let me ask you just one thing: “When did you experience God’s love best?” Was it when everything was going fine for you or was it when you went and knelt before God seeking His forgiveness? Easily answered. It was when you cried out to God for forgiveness that you felt the overwhelming compassion of … Read the rest
Maybe you have been struggling with one particular area of sin common to youngsters, both Christian and Non-Christian youth. You have grown desperate over the lack of victory over sin in spite of your repeated prayers and attempts to live a holy life. And at this point of time you might be wondering whether there … Read the rest
One of the most discomforting thoughts when sin attacks is the thought that you are so wicked because you are having such bad thoughts. But before you condemn yourself as the most wicked person on earth think on what the Bible speaks about this:“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man” (1 … Read the rest
Now you might wonder why you fall into that same sin again and again. It is because the nature of sin is that it entangles. It means that it intertwines around you. As you try to escape you find that you are held more strongly and in more confusing knots.
David spoke of this as … Read the rest
It was exactly to help you that Jesus came. As long as you accept that you have a need He is there to help you. That is why He said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31 NIV). So just let Jesus know that … Read the rest
Dear young man and young woman reading this now, God has loved you dearly in Jesus Christ. That love does not waver and does not change. That is the reason why God sent Jesus Christ to this earth.
What do you think? Do you think that Jesus had some divine skin while He lived on … Read the rest
Christian youth face a lot of temptations in the world today. They are surrounded by a lot of invitations to sinful thinking and action. Their friends talk and try to convince them that what they do is no sin at all. What they read, hear and see in the media add to the confusion. And … Read the rest
Now your impurity is lewdness (Ezekiel 24:13a NIV).
Lewdness is a common sin today. It is no longer frowned upon. Now lewdness is referring to sex in rude and offensive ways with an intention of exciting lust or sexual desire.
God spoke about this sin of the Israelites. And Jesus pointed out that what comes … Read the rest
How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! (Song of Songs 7:1a NIV).
At first look, a person might wonder why God has included Song of Songs in the Bible at all! It is a very genuine thought.
Why should such descriptions of physical beauty be described in such romantic, sexual and exciting language in … Read the rest
Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” (2 Samuel 13:15 NIV).
Sin in someone close to you can be such a bad and corrupting example.
David’s sin of adultery would have made his son Amnon … Read the rest
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor (Deuteronomy 5:21 NIV).
A non-Christian friend once asked to be shown where the ten commandments where located in the Bible. When … Read the rest