Does God Forbid All Images?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Made in God's image, human beings have the same drive to imagine, create, innovate, and express their designs in the works of their hands.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that words can trigger a picture in our minds or excite our imagination. The imagination enables mankind to envision both beneficial and harmful purposes. Imagination is a gift from God. Only man has this capability, enabling him to create art, philosophy, or science, taking elementary concepts and …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing on the topic of the creative imagination, reminds us that this capacity begins at age two, and allows children (of all ages) to transcend their current surroundings, enabling them to put themselves into other situations beyond normal reality. Dr. Jerome Singer suggests that children who use their …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Ten)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on mankind's most fearful enemy, death—the cessation of all life processes, examines various definitions of death. Senescence, disease, malnutrition, accidents, suicide, and murder are all contributory causes of death. The Bible defines or describes death as the cessation of respiration. The …


Where is Beauty?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the aphorism, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," reminds us that God alone is the author of beauty, creating the multiple sense modalities (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste) and has created nothing ugly, including sunsets, landscapes, differing flora and fauna, and even facial …