God’s Love is not Unconditional

GOD’S LOVE IS NOT “UNCONDITIONAL” ~ by Harold Kupp ~ “God loves you unconditionally!” I challenge anybody to prove that from the Bible. There is not a single verse which explicitly states that God loves mankind (or even a Christian) without conditions. Some would point to the verse that says “…while we were yet sinners God loved us” or John 3:16 which says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son…” in order to demonstrate God’s continuous love. However, if one looks closely, those verses do not say that God loves mankind. They say He loved them. The Greek verb “agapao” (loved) is in the aorist tense and indicative mood, thus a single completed act; that is, not a present tense loves, but a past tense loved. The fact that at some point in time God acted with charity towards a sinful world by giving […]

Death & the Soul, part 3

We’ve been talking/studying about the soul of man and what happens at death. Millions of people have wondered about this down through the years. They want to know about their beloved dead. Where do they remain during the time they wait for the great resurrection day? Today we’re going to answer this question. We are not immortal. We’ve found that there is no such thing as a naturally immortal soul. We’ve found that the body and the very life is made up of a combination of breath plus the body. And when the breath returns to God and leaves the body, there is no longer any conscious existence on the part of the individual. The soul is not in existence as long as the breath is not in the body. These things have been established previously. Now, we want to know this: If we’re not immortal by nature, when will […]

Death & the Soul, part 2

Continuing on from part one…..  We introduced the intriguing subject of life after death or what is a soul? What happens to an individual when death comes? This is a question that has perplexed people right down through the ages. What is the soul? (more info from Strongs available HERE.) We’re going back to Genesis 2:7 to get God’s definition of a soul. Now friends, God knows. We may not know and understand it all, but He certainly has the answer for us. Notice this text. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Now here’s God’s own definition of it, friends. Let no man think that he can improve on it. We might put it in a little formula like this: BODY + BREATH = SOUL. That’s all there is […]

Death & the Soul, part 1

Amost every home has experienced the death of some loved one, and because of it, the heart cry of millions all over the world is, “Where are our dead? In heaven? In hell? In purgatory, limbo, or some other place? Are our departed ones asleep, or are they dead? What has been done with the millions of dead?” You know, friends, only as we get the whole story from the Book of God can we know the whole truth on this very vital subject. Grabbing a text here and plucking a text from over there and founding an entire doctrine on that text is one of the most dangerous things a person can do, and it might cost an individual his eternal salvation. And yet it’s often done today, whole doctrines are based on just one verse of the Bible. Did you ever hear the story of the four blind […]