Creation Ex Nihilo – An Essential Christian Doctrine (Bavinck)

The doctrine of creation ex nihilo (out of nothing) is an essential doctrine in Christian theology. The church has always confessed that the triune God created all things out of nothing. When God made this world, he did not do so with preexisting matter or materials. He spoke, and it came to be (Ps. 33:9a ה֣וּא… Continue reading Creation Ex Nihilo – An Essential Christian Doctrine (Bavinck)

Prophetic Language in the OT: Literal? (Bavinck)

Most readers of the OT are familiar with the prophetic texts that talk about a future temple, sacrifices, mount Zion, etc. Of course some Christians take these prophecies extremely literally. But is literal interpretation of these OT prophetic texts legitimate? Do these OT prophetic texts give us an eschatology of literalism? Herman Bavinck said not… Continue reading Prophetic Language in the OT: Literal? (Bavinck)

Resurrection and Cremation (Bavinck)

I'm sure some of our readers have thought about the topic of cremation. To put it simply, cremation is when a dead body is burned with such intense heat all that remains are ashes. I realize that Christians have various opinions about cremation. I don't want to start an argument here. Not at all. Instead,… Continue reading Resurrection and Cremation (Bavinck)

The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

I appreciate Herman Bavinck's explanation and discussion of the perspecuity (clarity) of Scripture. He talks about this topic on pages 475-481 in his first volume of Reformed Dogmatics. Here's a paragraph I marked up quite a bit. I thought Reformed readers would appreciate it as well: The doctrine of the perspicuity of Holy Scripture has… Continue reading The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

Christianity the Only True Religion (Bavinck)

I'm sure I don't have to cite all sorts of resources to convince our readers that many people believe all roads lead to God. This is not a new idea. People for a long time have believed that there are various ways to heaven and that no one religion can claim exclusivity. However, Scripture does… Continue reading Christianity the Only True Religion (Bavinck)