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This is part 2 of our critique of Rachel Held Evans’ book titled Inspired.   For Part 1 click here.  Lord willing part 2 and 3 of our series will look at chapter 1 of the book which is on “Origin Stories.”

On page 9 Rachel Held Evans stated the following concerning the Bible’s origin story in the book of Genesis:

Origin stories are rarely straightforward history.  Over the years, they morph into a colorful amalgam of truth and myth, nostalgia and cautionary tale, the shades of their significance brought out by the particular light of a particular moment.

Contrary to what many of us are told, Israel’s origin stories weren’t designed to answer scientific, twenty-first-century questions about the beginning of the universe or the biological evolution of human beings, but rather were meant to answer then-pressing, ancient questions about the nature of God and God’s relationship to creation. Even the story of Adam and Eve, found in Genesis 2 and 3, is thought by many scholars to be less a story about human origins and more a story about Israel’s origins, a symbolic representation of Israel’s pattern of habitation, disobedience, and exile, set in primeval time.

In her own words Rachel Held Evans sees the Bible’s origin story to be in the same league with other origin stories.  And origin stories in her own words “are rarely straightforward history.”  As she later explained this means that Genesis 2-3 is “less a story about human origins and more a story about Israel’s origins.”  Evans therefore sees Genesis 2-3 as “a symbolic representation of Israel’s pattern.”

There’s so much to say with just these two paragraphs.  Here’s my response:

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Here are five alleged Bible contradictions concerning Judas that skeptics online have asserted which I have refuted.

When did Satan enter Judas?

Did Judas identify Jesus with a kiss?

What did Judas do with the silver?

Who bought the potter’s field?

How did Judas die?

 

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Babylon Bee.  How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, May 1st, 2018. 208 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

If you are a Christian and have been on various social media for any length of time you probably are familiar with the Babylon Bee, a Christian satire website comparable to The Onion.  In fact I think they are better than The Onion.  Apparently they have put out this book titled How to Be a Perfect Christian with the subtitle “Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living.”  Like their website the book itself is straight satire against unbiblical Christianity and also the quirky side of American cultural Christianity.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Philippians 1:21.  Here is my translation:

“SUPPORT 21 [TP ἐμοὶ TP] γὰρ [T τὸ ζῆν T] Χριστὸς
For me to live is Christ

SENTENCE καὶ [T τὸ ἀποθανεῖν T] κέρδος”
and to die is gain

Here are some observations:

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It’s Friday night!  Here’s a light reading review for the weekend…because Pastors need a break from heavy theological readings too!

Gene Yang. New Super-Man, Volume 3: Equilibrium. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 19th 2018. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the third volume and final volume of a fun series.  I’m not usually a fan of Superman but this “New Superman” has really been a delight to read.  This particular volume collects issues 13 through 19.  I was actually looking forward to this volume to come out; something very rare for me with comics.  I really am a fan of the writer Gene Yang and he does not disappoint in this book.

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Previously I have dealt with some alleged Bible contradiction concerning Judas’ last moments before his death.   You might want to check out What did Judas do with the silver? and Who bought the potter’s field?

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How did Judas die?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

He hanged himself.

And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.” (Matthew 27:5)

He fell down and died.

(Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.” (Acts 1:18)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Pastors, church leaders and biblical counselors, this is a much needed resource you need to get along with Domestic Abuse: Recognize, Respond, Rescue.

Darby A. Strickland. Domestic Abuse: Help for the Sufferer.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 31st 2018. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is from a biblical counseling series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  The author has written two booklets in this series on domestic abuse and this specific work is addressed to the abused spouse.  I am glad that is the case since the booklet covers a difficult topic that many pastors and churches might not have thought through about seeing the various controversies in recent years with pastors, churches and spiritual leaders and how they addressed or neglected the issue of abuse.

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