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Huff Po Jesus predicted Muhammad Veritas Domain show it is a lie

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This is part 2 of my response and earlier I wrote .  In this post I will start to look at the bad exegesis found in part 2 of the article “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  Obviously Huff Po makes this out to be a great article.  One starts wondering if there’s great exegesis going on here.  But what I learned about Huff Posts Religion is that there’s a lot of huff and puffs, but no bites as far as exegesis or sound thinking is concerned.  For instance, half a year ago they have on their website another piece that I responded to titled “

While it isn’t the main focus of the writer’s core argument that Jesus predicted Muhammad, we see right off the bat that the writer’s first effort in looking at a Biblical passage results in a bad interpretation.  It’s like a sign of things to come.

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face of skeptic when another bible contradiction answered

This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?

Those who are not with Jesus are against him.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23

Those who are not against Jesus are for him.

for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50

I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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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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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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I found an internet discussion surrounding a post that’s been generating some discussion and I find the post to be filled with a lot of things I want to respond to but don’t know if I have all the time to go through everything.  So I begin with a quote:

There are also times that Paul gave dated instructions in his letters, which we have to admit are not the inerrant words of God (2 Tim 4:13)!

According to this individual if one read 2 Timothy 4:13 we would have to admit that this is an example of a passage in Paul’s epistle that is not the inerrant words of God.  2 Timothy 4:13 is suppose to be an example of a passage that contradict the doctrine of biblical inerrancy.  The case is suppose to be so obvious that “we have to admit are not the inerrant words of God.”

Whenever people engage in doctrinal disputes it is imperative of Christians to think biblically and think through logically the arguments presented.  Sometimes that careful look at a verse require us to avoid rabbit trail and thus this post will narrow it’s scope only to the passage of 2 Timothy 4:13 and the examination of the logic of the immediate argument at hand.  So let’s take a prayerful closer look.

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Did the Samaritans receive Jesus?

A site skeptical of the Bible says yes.  That’s what John 4:39-40 teaches:

39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

At the same the same skeptic says the Bible teaches no according to Luke 9:52-53:

52 and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to [a]make arrangements for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because [b]He was traveling toward Jerusalem.

How do we respond to those who claim this is a Bible contradiction?

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Cole Thomas Expulsion from Garden of Eden

Two weeks ago I responded to a troll in a post titled “Troll on Veritas Domain: Jesus didn’t have any requirements about belief in Himself?”  Here in this post I want to tackle another point with the troll’s comment here.  I’ve already responded to the first half of his comment over there but I thought I take on the second half as a blog post in hopes that the following response would illustrate the importance of contextually driven interpretation in refuting an erroneous interpretation.

The troll have an interesting take on the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3.  In his own words:

in fact, in the garden, why was god pissed? what was he angry with? what was his first comment?

he was angry at adam and eve believing (because now they judged) they were not worthy to be in god’s presence! his only following comment was deducing why they now thought their metaphoric nakedness (ie insufficiency) … “ah! you ate from the tree, eh?”

Nothing speaks more of the height of folly of the ungodly gospel of self-esteem than to see this troll reinterpret the reason why God was upset in Genesis 3.  He thinks God was upset with Adam and Eve for thinking they were not worthy of being before His presence!   Our troll rejects the traditional interpretation that the reason why God was upset with Adam and Eve is due to their disobedience in eating the prohibited fruit.

But is our troll’s interpretation defensible from the text of Genesis 3 itself?  Let’s take a closer look.

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