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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is dancing a sin?

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

Yes

“And it came about, as soon as Moses approached the camp, that he saw the calf and the people dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made and completely burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it. 21 Then Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you, that you have brought such a great sin upon them?” 22 And Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil. 23 For they said to me, ‘Make a god for us who will go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we do not know what happened to him.’ 24 So I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them tear it off.’ Then they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” 25 Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to the point of being an object of ridicule among their enemies— 26 Moses then stood at the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him. 27 And he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Every man of you put his sword on his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.” (Exodus 32:19-28)

“But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 7 so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 And after being prompted by her mother, she *said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”” (Matthew 14:6-8)

“An opportune day came when Herod, on his birthday, held a banquet for his nobles and military commanders, and the leading people of Galilee; 22 and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And although the king was very sorry, because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.” (Mark 6:21-28)

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

No

“Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. 21 And Miriam answered them, “Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.”” (Exodus 15:20-21)

“But Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, and behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. And she was his one and only child; besides her he had no son or daughter.” (Judges 11:34)

“Now it happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with other musical instruments. 7 The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”” (1 Samuel 18:6-7)

“And David was dancing before the Lord with all his strength, and David was wearing a linen ephod.” (2 Samuel 6:14)

““Hear, Lord, and be gracious to me; Lord, be my helper.” 11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have untied my sackcloth and encircled me with joy, 12 That my [a]soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” ( Psalm 30:10-12)

“They shall praise His name with dancing; They shall sing praises to Him with tambourine and lyre.” ( Psalm 149:3)

“Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.” (Psalm 150:4)

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven— 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

“I will build you again and you will be rebuilt, Virgin of Israel! You will [a]take up your tambourines again, And go out to the dances of the revelers.” (Jeremiah 31:4)

“Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old together; For I will turn their mourning into joy And comfort them, and give them joy for their sorrow.” (Jeremiah 31:13)

“But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and [a]put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, slaughter it, and let’s eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate. 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.” (Luke 15:22-25)

(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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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Session 40: The Love of God Part 3: God’s Love within the Trinity

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the love of God within the Trinity members themselves as taught in the New Testament and also draw implication for the Christian life as a result of our study.

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of an unbeliever or alleged believer say they don’t like a Biblical doctrine because it isn’t “nice.”  What they go on to say is they want doctrines that are sweet, “loving” and makes them feel good inside.  How do you respond?

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Secular Thought And Where It Leads with Arno Fourie

Well I slept early Sunday after a tiring day of ministry!  So here’s a post that’s later than usual!

Here is an interview/podcast with two brothers that I love.  It is from Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here).  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

I wanted to share one of the shows.  This is an interview with Arno Fourie.  I’m encouraged to see Arno have an evangelistic zeal and courage and his applied apologetics all over social media. If you are wondering about his accent, he’s a South African living in Australia.  That’s pretty cool!

What was the topic? The two had a conversation about secular thought and where it leads.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Consider a Meal Train for a Mom who recently gave birth.

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I found this passage in Isaiah 48:12-16.

Here’s what the passage says:

“Listen to Me, Jacob, Israel whom I called;
I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
13 Assuredly My hand founded the earth,
And My right hand spread out the heavens;
When I call to them, they stand together.
14 Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure against Babylon,
And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, yes I, have spoken; indeed I have called him,
I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

I think in the near future I’ll have to study this passage more in-depth as its nearly 3 AM here and its late to start looking at the Hebrew.  But some quick observations.

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I’m reviewing two history books…because Pastors also need a break!

 

Churchill and Orwell

Thomas E. Ricks.  Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. New York, NY: Penguin Books, May 1, 2018. 352 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

A book on Churchill and Orwell?  Both men at first glance seems so different; so what does these two men have in common?  Both men love freedom and opposes totalitarianism.  With so much talk about fascism and also with the increase statism we are seeing worldwide today this book might be quite relevant to read.  The subject matter and the two individuals that are the focus of the book are interesting enough to read as a dual biography in its one right but what further propelled me to read this is because this is authored by Thomas E. Ricks.  It seems as I grow in my intellectual and thought life one can mark it with different milestone based upon books published by Thomas Ricks, from my high school years with Rick’s early book Making the Corps that was about Marine Corps boot camp when I was a high school kid dreaming about joining the Marines and then when I was a Marine and Marine veteran of Iraq with Ricks’ book The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas E. Ricks and The Generals by Thomas E. Ricks.

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These are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2021.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Can God Answer Evil? – Ep. 145 – What About Evil? – Justifying The Ways Of God

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who brought evil on Job?

3.) Steve Hays ebooks 1

4.) Presuppositional Apologetics and Hinduism

5.) Brute Facts Revisited: A Discussion on the Principle of Sufficient Reason

6.) Atheism, Mental Health, and God

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend and another friend here

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A second refutation of an alleged Bible contradiction in one week? This is not something on the list of alleged Bible contradiction on the Skeptic Annotated Bible.  Someone asked a quick question:

Do you have a Bible Contradiction article on the issue of Jesus’ words in Matt 26:29 (“I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”) and the account of him drinking sour wine on the cross (John 19:29-30)?

Let’s look at the two passage first:

But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you, new, in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matt 26:29)

A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (John 19:29-30)

Here’s my thoughts on reconciling the passage:

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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The Love of God Part 2: God’s Love for others in the New Testament

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the love of God as taught in the New Testament and also draw implication for the Christian life as a result of our study.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who brought evil on Job?

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

Satan

“Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with severe boils from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.” (Job 2:7)

God

“Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they sympathized with him and comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him a piece of money, and each a ring of gold.” (Job 42:11)

(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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Here’s a thesis for a Master’s Degree in history that Liberty University’s College of Arts and Sciences has made available titled “The New Left in American Evangelicalism.”   So much have often been focused about Evangelicalism with the political conservative movement but with the change of trajectory of the younger generation (my generation of Millennial and younger) that has made its way into the church there’s not as much focus on the roots of the New Left in American Evangelicalism.  A case can be made that there needs to be discernment and concern for the Left especially with its rise in power in the establishment and institutions in today’s society and the church in the next generation picking things up from the world uncritically.

The thesis was written by Jonathan E. Harris and was completed on August 2020 as part of his completion of his Masters’ Degree in History.  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.  Mr. Harris has published another book last month in September on social justice titled “Christianity and Social Justice: Religions in Conflict.”

Here’s the abstract for the thesis:

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for your church’s Deacons.

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From time to time I hear people ask how does Presuppositional apologetics applies to other worldviews other than atheism.  Another non-Christian worldview is Hinduism.  So how does Presuppositional apologetics apply to Hinduism?  Enter Pastor Christopher P. David.

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics or be interesting to those interested in Presuppositional apologetics that were gathered from the world wide web between October 1st-7th, 2021!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Battle Of Two Moral Standards – Ep. 144 – What About Evil? – Probing The Darkness – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?

3.) A Comprehensive Critical Evaluation Review and Response of Without Excuse Chapter 2: Kurt Jaros Faith and the Natural Light of Reason How Van Tillian Anthropology Fails

4.) What is the Transcendental Argument?

5.) Rooted In Revelation Podcast: Theology And Apologetics and Ricky Roldan

6.) Why Atheists Can’t Know That 2 Apples + 2 Apples = 4 Apples…

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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