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Preti John the Baptist before Herod

Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions in Luke 9.  I’ve considered “Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?” and “Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62.”

Here’s another question that allegedly shows a Bible contradiction: “Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?”

Yes

Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist reincarnated.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.  (Matthew 14:1-2)

But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. (Mark 6:16)

No

People were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead, or Elijah (Elias), or one of the other prophets. But Herod didn’t believe Jesus was John the Baptist, saying, “John I have beheaded: but who is this?”

Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him [Jesus]: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. (Luke 9:9)

Here’s my thought on this Bible contradiction:

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Dr. James Anderson is a Christian theologian, philosopher and apologist who teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary.  I appreciate the fact that he’s a Presuppositionalists and has written many scholarly journal articles in addition to his wonderful interactive book  which I have reviewed on this blog in the past.

I was glad to hear that Ligonier Ministries has given him the opportunity to speak at their 2016 National Conference.  This is wonderful and somewhat of a surprised for myself, given how RC Sproul doesn’t necessarily think highly of Presuppositional apologetics.

Below is the video of Dr. Anderson’s presentation.  It is under 20 minutes in duration so worth the watch.

If you enjoyed it, again I would recommend you to consider his book “.”

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contradiction

Luke 9:59-62 states:

59 And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

From this passage the Skeptic Annotated Bible states:

Jesus won’t even let his followers bury their dead parents or say farewell to their families before abandoning them.

They also marked this passage as a Bible contradiction specifically for violating verses like Exodus 20:12.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Is this a Bible contradiction and is Jesus really prohibiting His followers from burying and saying farewell to their parents?  Let’s take a closer look.

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Sorry for the delay in posting this.  My internet couldn’t work last night and this morning.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 8th-14th, 2016.  Enjoy!

1.) Overcoming Self-refuting Statements: Agile and Deft Defenses by Relativists

2.) Don’t give me philosophy

3.) Creatures have no private chambers

4.) John Frame’s Understanding Apologetics (MP3 Lectures Series)

5.) Answering Another Fool (Another Ungrounded Premise)

6.) K. Scott Oliphint’s Apologetics and Systematic Theology (MP3 Series)

 

Miss our previous round up?  Here’s a link to a friend’s reblog of the last round up!

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biblical inerrancy series

Here’s the wrap up of our series from the last few weeks in which I responded to someone who objected to Biblical Inerrancy.  I post it as a collected series here because I realize that some of these objections against Biblical inerrancy are also repeated by others.

  1. Does 2 Timothy 4:13 undermine the Doctrine of Inerrancy?
  2. “You’re Putting God in A Box:” The Irony of this argument against Biblical Inerrancy
  3. Does Inerrancy stunt Christians relationship with God through the Holy Spirit?
  4. Bad reasoning: The Word inerrancy does not appear in the Bible, so therefore the Bible is errant?
  5. Inerrancy: A Lie Invented By the Church?

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Why I Am A Christian Stott

John R.W. Stott.  Why I Am A Christian.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, December 12th 2003. 140 pp.

The title of the book mimics atheist Bertrand Russell’s (in)famous essay, “Why I am not a Christian” which was also the title for Russell’s book that was a compilation of Russell’s other essays on religion and Christianity.  Here in this book the author John Stott presents his reasons of why he is a Christian.  This book is an adaptation of a four part series of lectures Stott has delivered concerning why he believes in Christianity which here is expanded into seven chapters.

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Here are Presuppositional Apologetics’ links gathered between February 22nd-29th, 2016.  Enjoy!

1.) Challenging the Wisdom of this World

2.) Logic, Aristotle, and the Necessity of Theism

3.) Podcast Discussion on Apologetic Methodology

4.) The Problem of Evil with John Frame

5.) What Roman 1 tells us about man’s knowledge of God

6.) Man is always accessible to God

7.) James Anderson’s A Reductio of Naturalism

8.) Steve Hays’ Mere theism

9.) Dr. Cornelius Van Til: or, How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Presuppositionalism

 

Miss our previous round up?  Here’s a link to a friend’s reblog of the last round up!

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