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Why Did God Create Adam When He Knew He Would Sin?

This is another in a series of skeptical and critical questions about Christianity. Question: Why did God create Adam and Eve? If He knew mankind would sin and eventually need to be killed (Noah’s flood), why create Adam and Eve … Continue reading

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Old Testament Numbers Proven True

In the Old Testament book of 1 Kings, we find the following: 1 Kings 15:25:  Now Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two … Continue reading

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Pseudo Science

There have been a few recent reports that tell us that some science journal articles were fakes. One was in Nature, one in Science, and it was reported by Fox News. The problems are facilitated by the fact that professors … Continue reading

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Can We Prove Jesus’ Historical Miracles?

I recently encountered a discussion between an atheist and a Christian that went something like this: A: How do you know that Jesus did miracles and created the universe? Using your own reason, and without using the Bible, prove to me he did … Continue reading

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Paul & The Greek Philosophers: An Apologetic

The Bible, in Acts 17:16-34, tells of when the apostle Paul is in Athens and addresses Greek philosophers. This passage can be shown to give support for the Bible as accurate history. Acts 17 has Paul speaking to the Epicurean … Continue reading

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Who is Worthy of Following, Jesus or Muhammad?

Jesus in the Bible Jesus in the Quran Muhammad in the Quran Performed miracles (Mark 7:37) Performed miracles (Surah 2:253; 3:49; 5:110) Did not perform miracles (Surah 3:183; 6:37; 6:109; 13:8; 17:59; 17:90-95; 29:50-51)   Was sinless (1 Peter 2:22) … Continue reading

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The Gospel of Thomas vs. The Bible

Periodically we meet people who bring up the subject of extra-biblical writings such as The Gospel of Thomas. In various ways the claims are made that flawed human decisions were made about what books were to go into the Bible. … Continue reading

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God, Job, and Little Johnny: A Lesson on Our Heavenly Father

Modern radical skeptics and atheists seem to have a great issue with God not explaining Himself fully. They react to passages where God declares things, makes judgements against people without taking the time to explain. One example is how God … Continue reading

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The Bible as History: Minor Details in the Book of Acts

In Colin Hemer’s great work The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History, the author goes to great length examining the minutia that Luke wrote into the New Testament book of Acts. Hemer makes several lists of different … Continue reading

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Phil Robertson, Homosexuality, & the Bible

Phil Robertson, star of the television show Duck Dynasty, recently made the news when he was asked to give a list of sins, and he listed homexuality and about ten other sins. The homosexual rights lobby, which nowadays has a … Continue reading

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How Do We Explain Animal Death?

Another in our intermittent series of questions and answers. Question: Genesis 1 says man and all the animals were created as plant-eaters. The Bible also says that death entered the world from Adam’s sin (Romans 5). Christians who believe the … Continue reading

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Catholicism & Devotion to Mary

Note: Sorry for the long post. This post is not typical for this blog. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has been a bit of a lightning rod through the centuries, with much pro-and anti-catholic rhetoric being written. Emotional arguments are … Continue reading

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Is Matthew’s Use of Jeremiah 31 A Fulfillment of Prophecy?

In the New Testament, chapter 2 of Matthew describes how Herod, the dictator over Israel, killed children under two years of age in an attempt to destroy a newborn king which he had been told about. In Matthew 2:17-18 says … Continue reading

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Did The New Testament Doctrines Develop Over Time?

There is no shortage of opinions about how the New Testament was put together and the sequence of events. I have just read one pundit who claims that Paul’s letters were written in the years 50 to 60, and while … Continue reading

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Why Would God Destroy Sodom and Save Lot?

Another question from a skeptic about the Bible. Question: Why did God allow Lot and his daughters to escape from Sodom and Gomorrah” He destroyed those cities only to later have Lot and his daughters engage in incestuous fornication. (Genesis … Continue reading

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Jesus Fulfilled Prophesy of Isaiah 53

Many hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah predicted the following about the Jewish messiah in chapter 53 of his book. Is. 53:2 He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no … Continue reading

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How Do We Know Satan Didn’t Corrupt the Bible?

Another in an intermittent series of questions about the Bible that have reasonable answers. Question: Isn’t it true that Satan has a presence in the church? Is it true that Satan causes people to have impure thoughts? If this is … Continue reading

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Isaiah: The Proven Prophet

One atheist blog posted this as one piece of evidence against Biblical prophecy: In 2 Kings 19, Sennacherib, king of Assyria has come against Judah.  King Hezekiah is afraid, but Isaiah tells him that the threat will go away and … Continue reading

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Michael Licona, Norman Geisler, and Inerrancy

I’d like to give a brief history of the inerrancy debates, at least from one perspective. There are many out there who know the details better than I, so if anyone has better information, I will gladly step aside and … Continue reading

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Did Israel Practice Child Sacrifice?

A blog has created a post that makes some interesting conclusions about child sacrifice in ancient Israel, as reported in the Old Testament. You can find the entire post here. The author concludes that child sacrifice was a practice done … Continue reading

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Can Jewish Writers Accurately Quote Their Own Texts?

One category of Bible question that often arises is whether the Bible is accurate in what it claims. If the Bible can be trusted in what we can corroborate, we have a strong reason to trust it in the things … Continue reading

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Holiness and the Justice of God

The Bible tells us that all men are impure and sinful (Romans 3:23). Much earlier in the Bible, not long after Adam and Eve sinned, we find that one of their sons killed the other, when Cain killed Abel (Genesis … Continue reading

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Did God Speak to People of Canaan?

Regarding the issue of God commanding Israel to destroy everyone in Canaan, the position of the critic and atheist seems to be that God gave an excessive punishment on an entire people group with no warning. Such a statement shows … Continue reading

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Why Kill Canaanites?

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Beware What You Do In Bear Country: Was God Just in 2 Kings 2?

Question: In 2 Kings 2:23-24, a group of youths tease Elisha the prophet because he was bald headed. God then sends a pair of she-bears to kill 42 of the children. How could this be a good thing to do? … Continue reading

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Can We Be Free in Heaven and Yet Not Sin?

I read an account of a Christian on a college campus who was posed this question: If evil and sin are the result of mankind’s free will, then why is it that people in heaven will have free will, but … Continue reading

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Conclusions About Historical Accuracy of the Bible

I have posted several entries that document the accurate historical accounts in the Bible, especially in the book of Acts (see here, and here, and here.) As shown in Colin Hemer’s landmark work, The Book of Acts In The Setting … Continue reading

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Historical Details in the Book of Acts

(for the first of this historical series, see the post from a few days ago, here.) In the bible, the books of Acts was written by Luke (see the first few verses of each book). The book includes a very … Continue reading

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Accuracy in the Book of Acts

In the book of Acts, chapter 27 deals with a shipwreck that the apostle Paul experienced while on his way to Rome. The author of Acts, Luke, goes into significant detail while describing the events of the storm and the … Continue reading

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Unnecessary Literary Difficulties

In Colin Hemer’s landmark book, The Book of Acts In the Setting of Hellenistic History, he gives a great evaluation of Acts (and some of Luke) from the perspective of a trained historical scholar. Hemer does not write from the … Continue reading

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