The Herald Magazine covers Controversial Doctrines The Trinity, Immortality of the Soul, Everlasting Punishment, Baptism, Let Us Not Come Short, Prosperity Theology, Every Eye Shall See Him and Our Heritage of Knowledge.
The magazine cover has a likeness of Arius, a fourth century Christian leader from Alexandria, Egypt, who taught that Jesus was the son of God, not God himself. However, politically-connected Christians in his day favored a Trinitarian concept put forth by Athanasius and they excommunicated Arius. Truth, historically, has never been popular, and it is not popular today. A proper understanding of the nature of God, and his plans for humanity, places a studied Christian outside mainstream Christian theology.
The Trinity examines a topic directly related to Arius, one that caused him to be persecuted. It shows the harmony of Scripture that Jesus is indeed the son of God, and not part of a triune Godhead.
Immortality of the Soul refutes a doctrine that, if accepted, is a gateway to other errors. The doctrine started in the Garden of Eden. The Bible clearly teaches that the soul is mortal, it dies, and it will eventually be resurrected in God’s due time.
Everlasting Punishment explains what happens to those who die without having accepted Christ. We are reassured that there is a future opportunity of salvation, and that a loving God did not create a burning hell to torture anyone.
Baptism takes a look at a Christian teaching that does not seem controversial, though there are a variety of views on the topic. We learn how different interpretations and traditions can grow from just a few Bible verses.
Let Us Not Come Short is a comprehensive explanation of a doctrine that is generally viewed either of two ways: 1) Christians are to keep the literal Sabbath, as did faithful Jews; or 2) Christians are not under the Law of Moses, and the Sabbath prefigured our rest in the finished work of Christ.
Prosperity Theology demonstrates there are always new controversial doctrines arising. Christians are indeed rewarded by God, but how, and when? Are we to expect temporal prosperity now as so many popular evangelists teach, or are we to develop the fruits and graces of the spirit, looking forward to spiritual blessings?
The manner of Jesus’ second coming, is explained in the scholarly article entitled Every Eye Shall See Him. Finally, Our Heritage of Knowledge provides a comprehensive overview of many of the truths we hold dear. First published in 1947, this article shows not only that the foundations of our faith are reasonable, they are also a cause for rejoicing in the majesty of God’s divine plan.