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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 2, Issue 09, 2006
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Volume 2, Issue 09, 2006
Checkmating the human drive for life : a Biblical-theological examination of Genesis 5, Ecclesiastes 1, and 1 Corinthians 15 : 50-58Author Dan LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 2, pp 1 –22 (2006)More Less
The major premise of this essay is that since the dawn of time, the human drive for life has been checkmated by death. A Biblical-theological examination of Genesis 5 and Ecclesiastes 1 indicates that despite the efforts of people both individually and collectively to extend the realms of human existence, their efforts are ultimately ambushed (in a manner of speaking) by the end of life. Moreover, while each generation appears to be making incremental strides - sometimes even laudable gains - the reality of death neutralizes these advances and in some cases entirely wipes them out. An examination of 1 Corinthians 15 : 50-58 informs people of faith that only in Christ can work and leisure be enjoyable, beneficial, and fulfilling.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 2, pp 23 –39 (2006)More Less
Author Christopher PepplerSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 2, pp 39 –55 (2006)More Less
This article deals with same-sex marriage from a Biblical Christian perspective. It is not a treatise on homosexuality from either a Biblical or sociological point of view. The article deals with homosexuality, per se, only in as much as is necessary to examine the question of the Biblical Christian stance concerning same-sex marriage.The article starts with a brief overview of the South African civil legal history of same-sex 'marriage' partnerships leading up to the current ruling by the Constitutional Court. The debate then starts with the Biblical definition of marriage before mining down to the two main arguments in favour of same-sex marriage and the homosexuality that underpins it - the appeal to the concepts of justice and love. Only then does the focus turn to the Biblical prohibitions concerning homosexual activity.The second part of the article deals briefly with implications for church life, firstly from the perspective of how the church approaches same-sex marriage in general society, and then from the perspective of those within, or seeking to join, the church.
How does prayer affect God's plan? An enquiry into God's providence with special reference to prayer and healingAuthor Mark PretoriusSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 2, pp 56 –71 (2006)More Less
If God is sovereign and His plans fixed, why pray? Does prayer change what God has purposed to do? If not, what is the point in praying? One could take these questions even further and say : if prayer has any effect on what happens, then it would seem that God's plans are not fixed. On the other hand, if God has settled His plans and He will do what He is going to do, then does it matter whether we pray or not? Every committed Christian wants to believe that prayer makes a difference. Thus, this article has a twofold purpose. The first is to show that God's providential plans and His command for Christians to pray are consistent with His purpose to bring about His plans through prayer. The second is to answer the question : does God heal when one prays, and specifically when it comes to intercessory prayer? Bringing clarity to these questions is important as it has a direct bearing on how we will view miracles and God's willingness to answer prayer.
Author Kevin SmithSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 2, pp 72 –85 (2006)More Less
Psalm 5 is one of a number of Davidic Psalms that allude to the Lord's ""house"" and ""temple."" Since Solomon's Temple was built after David's death, critical scholars consider these allusions to the temple as conclusive proof that David could not have authored these psalms. This article demonstrates that, prior to the construction of Solomon's Temple, the terms ""house"" (בַּיִת) and ""temple"" (הֵיכָל) were acceptable terms for alluding to the Tabernacle. Therefore, the conclusion that David could not have written Psalm 5 is unwarranted.
A Biblical critique of the two-fold theory of dispensationalism : the distinction between Israel and the ChurchSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 2, pp 86 –109 (2006)More Less
After a brief review of the historical development and essential characteristics of Dispensationalism, this article argues Dispensationalism's sharp distinction between Israel and the church represents a serious departure from sound exegetical theology resulting in a distortion of key Biblical doctrines.