Eternity Weighed in the Balance

Puritan Publications
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 Eternity is a long time. Four out of five people believe in heaven and hell, but what does the Bible say about eternal life? Perhaps you have asked yourself these questions: Are heaven and hell REAL? How can a loving God send people to hell forever? Is heaven just for good people? How can I live forever with God? Will God let me into His heaven? Does God love me? Where will I go when I die? Does God have a plan for my life? These are the most important questions of life, and very few people have real answers. God’s answers to these questions are in the Bible. The book covers the Bible’s teachings of heaven, hell, and salvation.
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 C. Matthew McMahon is an American Calvinist Reformed theologian and adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan's Mind where the ministry started as an internet hub and center for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology and Covenant Theology. He also started "The Puritanboard" as a chat room that is exclusively for those holding to Reformed Creeds and Confessions and members in good standing in reformed churches. A Puritan's Mind (www.apuritansmind.com) is home to Covenant Theology, Reformed Theology and Reformation and Puritan writings, articles and books. He is also the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century.

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Publisher
Puritan Publications
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Published on
Aug 9, 2005
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Pages
150
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ISBN
9781937466053
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Personal Growth
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Religion / Christian Theology / General
Religion / Christianity / Calvinist
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--R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

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This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.

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This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.
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