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Female Impurity at Childbirth

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Some like to take issue with the fact that a woman who bears a child is seen as impure in the eyes of God (through the Mosaic Law).[1] Such feelings arise from a misunderstanding of both the text and ancient ANE traditions. Ancient Babylonian, Egyptian and Persian laws concerned themselves with female cleansing after childbirth. Probably, if ancient Israel did not address the issue of impurity at childbirth, she would have been out of sync with the ANE culture of her day. Even Hippocrates discusses purgation ceremonies in ancient Greece, which were performed after childbirth. Yet, why would God choose to continue the tradition by reproducing it in the culture he was creating in the new nation of Israel? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in apologetics, Kingdom of God

 

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Predatory and Right Behavior

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Although the lists aren’t exhaustive, listings of clean and unclean animals can be found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, and observant Jews even today will avoid food that isn’t kosher (from the Hebrew kashrut – meaning ‘fit’, ‘proper’, or ‘correct’). So, if an animal is said to be clean it is ‘fit’ or ‘proper’ to eat. On the other hand if an animal is unclean something about it is ‘incorrect’, and it shouldn’t be eaten. Over the years some biblical scholars suggested the reason why some foods were clean or unclean concerned health or hygiene. Others suggested some foods were avoided because of their association with worldly religions. However there are problems with both of these suggestions.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Did God Bully Abraham or Isaac?

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The new atheists of today often point to the binding of Isaac as an immoral act and one of God acting as a bully to get Abraham to willingly sacrifice his son, Isaac.[1] Moreover, they make it seem that Isaac, a mere child (which I show not to be the case in a previous blogpost), was bullied directly by Abraham who seemed intent on carrying out God’s command, and indirectly by God who is responsible for the entire event. Notice how Dr. Richard Dawkins puts it: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Figuring Out God’s Will

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In a previous blog-post I suggested that God, through Abraham, showed he did not desire human sacrifice—i.e. men should not seek his favor by taking the life of the innocent. Human sacrifice was part of the cultural point of view in Abraham’s day. It was practiced for the “good” of the many. If the idea didn’t come from God, as God implies in his command to Abraham, “Don’t harm the lad!” (Genesis 22:12), then the idea that God’s favor could be gained by sacrificing the innocent must have come from man’s own imagination. This has been man’s attitude ever since Eden. We’ve always tried to decide on our own what was right and what was wrong. Morality has always been what we understood it to be, not what God says it is (cf. Genesis 3:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Was Jesus a Meek Lion?

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Isn’t that a contradiction—a meek lion?[1] Yes, I believe it is, but somehow the meekness of the Jesus who received and blessed the little children— saying that such were the inhabitants of the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:14-16), morphed into the lion who was the Jesus who cast out those who commercialized or showed no respect for the House of God (Mark 11:15-17). We are often told of the meek Jesus, but, strangely, seldom hear about the Lion of the house of Judah. Today’s ‘political correctness’ loves the meek Jesus but cannot tolerate Jesus, the Lion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Christ—the Anointed One

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Many years ago when I was a child, my parents would return home from a mission service at church really pumped up to lead a better life.[1] I was raised Roman Catholic, so our vocabulary was different from mainstream Protestantism. A mission service for us was like a revival service for Protestants. “Oh, he put the fear of God in us,” they would say, which meant he raised his voice more often than the pastor did on a regular Sunday service. He may have pounded the pulpit and raised his hands or spoke about sin in the people’s lives. He was considered a saint sent by God, according to us—or anointed if it were a Protestant service. Isn’t it odd how we use words to represent what we see, hear or feel? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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How Human Was Jesus?

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I remember years ago when a presidential candidate wanted to show how common he was and went shopping in a supermarket.[1] He completely blew it in the checkout line, when the cashier used the barcode scanner to put the price of the items he intended to buy into the register. He marveled at this new technology (it was in use for two decades), so much for wanting to appear like common folk! I watched that on TV and laughed, telling my wife that he has never had the problem of balancing his own checkbook. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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