Christians have waited for millennia for the return of the Christ, expecting the whole world to witness his majestic descent from above at any time. This article explains the secret that is quietly unfolding, unknown to the vast majority of people, and keeping the divine promise intensely alive.
The Bible contains a huge array of prophecies of the end times. Yet many of the most popular of the messianic expectations derived from these prophecies cannot happen as anticipated.
Jesus cited mundane occurrences like wars, famines, and pandemics as signs of the Second Advent. Over the past century, man has gone beyond these to explode the atom bomb, walk on the moon, and aim for the stars. Why were these earthshattering developments not foreseen in the end-time prophecies?
The threat of nuclear war and the spectre of World War III have loomed large in the consciousness of the world in recent times. A war involving atom bombs can only inflict unimaginable horrors on humankind. There are paradoxes associated with a nuclear conflict, though. We look at some of these.
Hints and threats of nuclear confrontation have become a subject of discussion worldwide in recent times. Such development must ginger all to urgently explore issues of safety and survivability in the context of a nuclear apocalypse.
The world is in crisis. A world-engulfing nuclear conflagration hovers ominously on the horizon. But what are the deeper causes of this situation and what can the Scriptures tell us?
Just before the start of his divine mission, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to fast and be tempted by the devil. But what does this temptation really mean? Why did it have to happen? And was it all literal?
Did a Garden of Eden exist in a literal sense? Were Adam and Eve the first humans on earth? And were their tranquil lives disrupted through the evil machinations of a snake? What was the forbidden fruit? And what was the tree of life? These and other questions are explored in this article.
Christmas is an important day in the Christian calendar, a day set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Over time, it has taken on a universal character and is celebrated by many across the globe irrespective of religious affiliation. But what does the occasion mean to members of the Bahá’í Faith?
The subject of Satan or the devil comes up frequently in religious discourse, especially in the Abrahamic faiths. But who or what is the devil? Is it an actual living being created by God? If so, why are its evil attributes and diabolical actions so diametrically opposed to God’s sublime nature?
Although conversion from one religion to another is not a new thing, not every faith group is amused when it loses members to conversions. We examine the reasons behind the drive for conversions in Christianity (and, to a lesser extent, in Islam).
The concept of the Kingdom of God (or Kingdom of Heaven) was at the heart of the mission of Jesus the Christ, who also associated it with events of the Second Coming? But what is this Kingdom, and is it to be established on earth or in heaven?
While Christians continue their long wait for the Second Coming of Jesus, several other religious groups claim that the Second Advent has already occurred and point to their respective founders as the promised Christ. We look at five such messianic claimants and the nature of their claims.
Christians are in expectation of the Second Coming of Jesus. But while the Gospel verses favoured by them seem to anticipate a universal awareness of the Christ as he descends majestically from above, other verses seem to suggest otherwise. What are we to make of this?
The Second Coming of Jesus is a challenging subject to discuss, but its occurrence is bound to affect everyone on earth. There is no authoritative word for how such a messianic advent will unfold. Opinions and doctrines differ, and misinterpretation of prophecy is rife across all religious groups.
With the Covid-19 pandemic raging across all parts of the globe, having easy access to appropriate prayers can offer a welcome relief to many, Surveyed here are a few Bahá’í prayers that can serve the needs of all people irrespective of religious affiliation.
Everyone is born unique and matures within cultural, environmental, political, ethnic, and economic settings that can differ widely. He might also grow up within any one of the existing religious systems. Despite such vast differences, what would the characteristics of a true believer be like?
Some worshippers claim that members of their respective faiths are the only true believers on earth. But who deserves to be called a believer before God?
The crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are at the core of Christian belief. But what does the resurrection of Jesus mean? And how does that relate to the life and death of other Founders of religions?
The Abrahamic faiths' conception of heaven, hell, and the hereafter differs from that of the Eastern religions. Which of these two viewpoints is closer to the truth? And is the heaven and hell of the afterlife the same as that associated with the Second Coming of Jesus? This article explores.
The Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism subscribe to the doctrine of reincarnation—the rebirth of souls after physical death. How compatible is that with the Abrahamic faiths' teachings on life after death and the concept of heaven and hell?
While it is generally believed that man is living in the Last Day, the related messianic eschatology abounds with myths and misconceptions. Will the world come to an end as some claim, for instance. This article looks at some of the likely misconceptions of the end times.
The question as to whether one religion can be so perfect as to remain the final religion for mankind, never to be superseded until the end of time, is one that is promoted by the adherents of some religious systems. The validity of such a claim is explored in this article.
The question of whether Jesus is God or the Son of God divides Christians and other faith groups, especially Muslims. Christians hold on to that belief as a basic tenet of their faith, while others are baffled by it. The truths and myths of this matter are explored in this article.
There is a belief amongst some religious groups that the Christian Holy Bible is not authentic but has been tampered with, changed, or altered from the original. Is this really so? This article explores this question.
Women have traditionally been oppressed, looked down upon, and accorded an inferior status to men in the home, in the community, in public life, and even in religion. But for one religion, the time has come for the equality of men and women to be recognised and fully celebrated.
Sincere worshippers don’t often see interreligious arguments and disputes as spiritually damaging and on a par with such ills as religious intolerance, prejudice, discrimination, and even conflicts.
I had a nasty surprise the other day for “daring” to give an introduction to my religion, the Bahá’í Faith, in an interfaith WhatsApp group. Here follows a brief introduction to my faith, along the lines of what I shared originally in audio format.