How to Find Errors in the Bible

A lot of us don’t understand the inerrancy of the Bible. Inerrancy means no mistakes. This would be possible only if the Bible is a supernatural library of books. Inerrancy applies to the original text given to the original authors of Scripture. Inerrancy does not apply to the human authors, but only to the specific words of the text. When John, Paul, James, and Peter weren’t writing divinely inspired Scripture, they were ordinary imperfect men. That is what makes the Bible miraculous. Inerrancy does not exempt a copyist from making a mistake when writing a new manuscript from an […]

Why couldn’t God just forgive everyone? Was it really necessary to demand the death of His only begotten Son? What kind of a God does that?

If God wanted to forgive sinners, why didn’t He just forgive them and declare it done? I think the question implies a few other questions. Why couldn’t God simply forgive anyone who sins without all the gory bloodshed? Doesn’t God have enough forgiveness in His heart? Is He not powerful enough to do good without doing evil first? Is God so malevolent to demand the death of His own Son? Does God just enjoy punishing others so much? The was-Jesus’-death-necessary question (WJDN?) points a finger at the motives of God and the nature of God. Was Jesus’ Death Necessary? 1. […]

Peace at Any Cost?

  God tells us to bless those who curse you. In fact, it is reinforced in the New Testament at least three times. Matthew 5:44. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…” Luke 6:27-31.  “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not […]

How to Start a Cult

Recently, a conference speaker said, “If your experience is exalted above God’s Word, you are wrong.” In my opinion, this was the most important statement that I heard at the ministers’ conference. The conference speaker led pastors in an organized session of practicing spiritual gifts, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, visions, laying on of hands, and other experiences of inspired speech and prayer often associated with the Pentecostal baptism in the Holy Spirit. Imagine a meeting room filled with ministers praying in unknown languages and then taking turns speaking any message that God may have placed in […]

Who Are We? [The Re-branding of Discipleship] B

The Disappearance of Disciple The word “disciple” is not used after the first five books of the New Testament. The followers of Jesus are not called “disciples” outside of the Gospels and Acts. Twenty-one New Testament books don’t use the title “disciple.” Twenty-two books don’t use the verb “disciple” or “make disciples.” I would think that after the Great Commission (“Go and make disciples”) that the Apostles would have emphasized that specific word. We sure like that word today. We keep writing books about disciple-making. Churches keep studying how to be a disciple and how to disciple disciples. If […]

Who Are We? [The Re-branding of Discipleship] A

“And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” [a]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ac 11:26). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. We call ourselves “Christians.” Yet, it is a word that is cited only three times in the entire Bible. [b]Χριστιανός – Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1st Peter 4:16. The word “disciple” is used 267 times in the New Testament, a significantly more frequent usage than the three uses of the word “Christian.” One verse uses both words, “And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” A new word was created at Antioch as a label for […]

How to be Objective About the Alabama Pi April Fools’ Prank

The April 1998 newsletter New Mexicans for Science and Reason contained a prank article mocking the Bible. Here is a brief quote: HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA engineers and mathematicians in this high-tech city are stunned and infuriated after the Alabama state legislature narrowly passed a law yesterday [March 30, 1998] redefining pi, a mathematical constant used in the aerospace industry.  …”The Bible very clearly says in I Kings 7:23 that the altar font of Solomon’s Temple was ten cubits across and thirty cubits in diameter, and that it was round in compass.” Alabami Pi Hoax The mockery is based […]

God’s Blessing for You

“God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” Acts 3:26  (God’s servant is the Christ. 5,000 Jews believed on Jesus after Peter’s message when God had healed a crippled man. The rulers in Jerusalem, the ones who killed Jesus, did not like this, so they detained Peter in hopes of stopping him from teaching in the name of Jesus. Peter answered clearly.)   “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation […]

Jesus is Jehovah

I recently took a look at Romans 14:11. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” I saw an argument that since Paul was quoting the Old Testament, and since Isaiah used the word LORD|YHWH, therefore only Jehovah should be worshipped and not Jesus. So I decided to look into that claim. Paul is citing a passage from Isaiah 45. It is valuable to know that many passages in the New Testament affirm what Isaiah said. Here is a comparison of some New Testament statements […]

Divisions Are Not Always Bad

by A. W. Tozer God Tells the Man Who Cares, c 1970, Christian Publications Inc, pp 45-48 When to unite and when to divide, that is the question, and a right answer requires the wisdom of a Solomon. Some settle the problem by rule of thumb: All union is good and all division bad. It’s that easy. But obviously this effortless way of dealing with the matter ignores the lessons of history and overlooks some of the deep spiritual laws by which men live. If good men were all for union and bad men for division, or vice versa, […]