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The Poison of Prosperity Gospel

The popular “name it and claim it” teaching—also called the health and wealth gospel—is not limited to certain congregations, but has worked its way into mainstream evangelical churches where it gets subtly woven into many Christians’ worldviews.

Did God Create Evil?

Question from a reader:

If God created all things, then doesn’t that mean he created evil? Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

What Is Unique About Christianity?

Randy answers the question “What is unique about Christianity?” during an interview on Moody Radio in June, 2014, marking the paperback release of his If God Is Good book.

What Are Your Thoughts on Prosperity Theology?

Randy answers the question “What are your thoughts on prosperity theology?” during an interview on Moody Radio in June, 2014, marking the paperback release of his If God Is Good book.

Overview of Differences in Modern Bible Translations

Using the Logos Bible Software Text Comparison Tool, Randy's research assistant examined the KJV, NASB, ESV, and NLT texts of Genesis 1, Psalm 1, Ezekiel 36, Matthew 2, Romans 8 and Revelation 21. The results show an average variation of 30% from the KJV by the NASB and 32% by the ESV, meaning a correspondence of 70% and 68% respectively.

Where in the Bible is Satan called an angel?

Question from a reader:

In The Goodness of God you wrote: “It’s misleading to say, ‘God created Satan and demons.’ Rather, God created Lucifer and other righteous angels, who later chose to rebel against God, and in so doing became Satan and demons… The great archangel who rebelled against his Creator is called the devil...” It seems you believe that Lucifer/Satan is or was an angel. Where in the Bible is Satan called an angel? 

Will Unbelievers Be Annihilated?

Jesus said, “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Here in the same sentence, Christ uses the word “eternal” (aionos) to describe the duration of both Heaven and Hell. 

Did Jesus Have a Sin Nature?

Question from a reader:

Did Jesus have a sin nature?

Answer from Randy Alcorn and Julia Stager:

First, we need to define sin nature. The “nature” of a person or object is commonly thought of as its essential qualities or attributes; that which makes it what it is. Therefore if something has a “sin nature” sin is a defining attribute of that thing.