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Take my Daughters—Please!

In Genesis 19 the men of Sodom come pounding at the door of Lot’s home, demanding that he give them the men he took in from the city square (cp. Genesis 19:1-5). Lot came out to them and told them the men had come under his roof and hospitality dictated that it would be very dishonorable for him to do as they demanded. He even went to the extreme of telling them: “I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” (Genesis 19:8). What are we to make of Lot’s offer? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Testimonies of Jesus and Peter

(From Google Images)

(From Google Images)

One of the problems of a local flood is that it doesn’t seem to have an adequate argument in reply to how the Genesis Flood is treated in the New Testament. One can understand an argument that all mankind or all the animals and birds may be understood in terms less than universal, just like all in Matthew 3:5 couldn’t mean every last person in Judea. The Bible often uses superlative terms as a literary exaggeration, and is meant to be taken as a metaphor—something like what we would say today when we wish to express the importance of an upcoming event, namely: “Everyone is going to be there!” Certainly every last person in the neighborhood, city, work location, school or to whatever the context of our statement refers, is not going to be there. Most or many will be there, but not all. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Genesis Flood, Noahic Flood

 

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Where Did All the Water Come From?

If we could somehow squeeze all the moisture out of the air and made it water on the face of the earth, it would cover the continents only up to 2-3 centimeters or about an inch, according to one estimate.[1] So, how can we account for the Genesis flood? One thing is certain, if there had been a worldwide flood the conditions that existed before such a flood would necessarily have been different from what we would have seen immediately afterward, and even that would change over the next few centuries, as the earth settled back into a more peaceful state. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Genesis Flood, naturalism, Noahic Flood

 

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The Jerusalem Council’s Verdict

Luke’s placement of the Jerusalem Council at about the center of his thesis tells us how important this event is. It is also only here that we find Paul, Barnabas, James and Peter together in one place at the same time. While Paul did visit with Peter and James on his first visit to Jerusalem after his conversion in Acts 9, Luke doesn’t put them all together in one place until here, and according to Paul (Galatians 2:9), the apostle, John, was there too. So, what was done here was of key importance to the Gospel afterward. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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The Council’s Sequence of Events

We know that the Jerusalem Council was convened as a result of the heated debate in Antioch by Barnabas and Paul with the men from James (Acts 15:1). I hardly believe that a few Sunday school teachers (like me) could create such a controversy in our denomination of Christianity, just because we disagree with our pastor or the pastor of another body of believers in our denomination. However, if several leading men in my denomination had a disagreement with other leading men, such a conference would inevitably occur to avert a schism within our denomination. Would this be a logical conclusion? If so, shouldn’t we see the men from James as high ranking men at the Jerusalem church as well? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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Circumcision ~ What’s at Stake?

Jews were not the only people who practiced circumcision. Some of the men in Arabia practiced it as well. They were among Abraham’s sons, and circumcision was among their traditional customs, just as it was for the Jew, but only the Jews took it so seriously as to draw their identity from its practice. Anyone among the Jews who was not circumcised was cut off from his people. Eventually, the practice of circumcision came to include the whole Mosaic Law. So, to be circumcised, according to Judaism, meant that one embraced the Torah, as well. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in circumcision, Jerusalem Council

 

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The Peter-Paul Faceoff at Antioch

Many Biblical scholars seem to think Paul’s conflict with Peter at Antioch occurred after the Jerusalem Council. I don’t believe that reasoning is correct. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul claimed that he visited Jerusalem twice before he wrote his epistle—once three years after his conversion (Galatians 1:18), and a second time fourteen years after he met Jesus on the Damascus road (Galatians 2:1). Some scholars conclude that Paul either missed a visit (Acts 11:28-30; 12:25), or Paul’s visit fourteen years later occurred during the famine, and the Jerusalem Council visit occurred sometime later, perhaps after he left Corinth in Acts 18. Nevertheless, the ‘two’ are the same visit. That is, the Famine-Relief visit and the Jerusalem Council visit were one and the same visit, and occurred cir. 49 CE. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in circumcision, Textual Criticism

 

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