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Podcast: If Heaven is So Great, Why Did Satan Fall?
Greg discusses the nature of free will and love at the angelic level, heavy metal music, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Satan’s dumb choices.
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Podcast: Did the Devil Make Me Do It?
Greg peeks into the complexity of our spiritual world and offers wisdom for discerning spiritual activity. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0299.mp3
The Earth is a Spiritual Battlefield
The early Church Fathers uniformly believed that angels, like humans, were created free and given a sphere of influence and responsibility over creation. As with humans, angels could use this influence for good, as God intended, or they could choose to use it for evil. They understood that this is simply what it means for…
Why Did God Require Animal Sacrifice in the Old Testament?
Question: I have a question about the atonement. Why did YHWH in the OT demand that people sacrifice animals? And if these sacrifices anticipated the ultimate sacrifice of the Messiah, as the author of Hebrews says, doesn’t this imply that Jesus’ death was necessary for God to forgive us? But why would God need his…
Who Rules Governments? God or Satan? Part 2
In the previous post, I raised the question of how we reconcile the fact that the Bible depicts both God and Satan as the ruler of nations, and I discussed some classical ways this has been understood. In this post I want to offer a cross-centered approach to this classical conundrum that provides us with…
What We’re Up Against
Though Jesus dealt a final blow to Satan’s kingdom through the cross and resurrection, the New Testament makes it clear that Satan is still viewed as the “god of this world” (2 Cor 4:4), “the ruler of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2) who heads a rebel kingdom (Rev 9:9-11) and through whom he…
Podcast: What Will Keep Us from Falling Away in Heaven?
Greg talks heaven and hell in this solid little episode. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0393.mp3 Painting: Fallen Angel By: Odilon Redon Date: 1872