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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus as the Son of God?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Yes, he recognized him immediately.

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” 32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize [d]Him, but He who sent me to baptize [e]in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes [f]in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”” (John 1:29-34)

No, he still wasn’t sure when he was in prison.

Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”” (Matthew 11:2-3)

Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”” (Luke 7:19)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Asa remove the high places?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Asa removed the high places.

for he removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, 4 and commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment. 5 He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah. And the kingdom was undisturbed under him.” (2 Chronicles 14:3-5)

Asa did not remove the high places.

But the high places were not taken away; nevertheless the heart of Asa was wholly devoted to the Lord all his days.” (1 Kings 15:14)

But the high places were not removed from Israel; nevertheless Asa’s heart was blameless all his days.” (2 Chronicles 15:17)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who made the ark of the covenant?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Moses.

At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut out for yourself two tablets of stone like the former ones, and come up to Me on the mountain, and make an ark of wood for yourself. I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered, and you shall put them in the ark.’ So I made an ark of acacia wood and cut out two tablets of stone like the former ones, and went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.” (Deuteronomy 10:1-3)

Bezaleel.

Now Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was two and a half [a]cubits, and its width one and a half cubits, and its height one and a half cubits.” (Exodus 37:1)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Jesus homeless?

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

Yes, he had nowhere to sleep.

Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”” (Matthew 8:20)

No, he had his own house.

When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home.” (Mark 2:1)

And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him.” (Mark 2:15)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who was to blame for original sin?

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

Eve

And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” (1 Timothy 2:14)

Adam

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we believe everything?

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

Yes

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

No

The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15)

When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart.” (Proverbs 26:25)

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Bible Contradiction: From what were the animals created?

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

From the waters.

Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.  God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:20-21)

From the ground

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Bible Contradiction: From what were the animals created?

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

From water

Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” (Genesis 1:20)

From out of the ground

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Bible Contradiction? Was Jeconiah the son or grandson of Josiah?

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

He was Josiah’s son.

Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.” (Matthew 1:11)

He was Josiah’s grandson.

The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, and the second was Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum. 16 The sons of Jehoiakim were Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.” (1 Chronicles 3:15-16)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who drove the Anakim from Hebron?

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

Joshua

Then Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab and from all the hill country of Judah and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities.” (Joshua 11:21)

Caleb

Now he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the sons of Judah, according to the command of the Lord to Joshua, namely, Kiriath-arba, Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron). 14 Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak: Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the children of Anak.” (Joshua 15:13-14)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we follow our own hearts?

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

We should follow our heart and eyes.

Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

We should not follow our heart and eyes.

It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,” (Numbers 15:39)

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Mahli the son of Levi?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction (along with the wording by the skeptics of  additional thoughts):

Yes, Mahli was Levi’s son.

According to the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of insight of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, and his sons and brothers, 18 men” (Ezra 8:18)

No.

Mahli was not the son of Levi.

The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari..” (Genesis 46:11, 1 Chronicles 6:1, 6:16)

David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.” (1 Chronicles 23:6)

These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari; and the length of Levi’s life was one hundred and thirty-seven years.” (Exodus 6:16)

He was the son of Merari.

The sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites; of Naaman, the family of the Naamites.” (Numbers 3:20)

The sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites; of Naaman, the family of the Naamites.” (1 Chronicles 6:19, 23:21)

The sons of Merari, Mahli and Mushi; the sons of Jaaziah, Beno.” (1 Chronicles 24:26)

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

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Fran Rodgers.  The Garden of GOD’S WORD.  Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Services LLC, August 2nd, 2016. 104 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I first knew of the author from her blog and bought this book because it interested me.  This book is about the Word of God and God’s work through His Word in our life.  I love how early in the first chapter Rodgers writes “When we come to God’s Word it must be our intentions first of all to find Him” (12).  What a great reminder that we should not take merely an academic approach to the Bible.  What follows is my review of the book.

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Michael Kruger

We have in the past posted on our blog Michael Kruger Faith to Life Lecture on the Self-Authenticating Scripture and his Four Lectures on the Canon by Michael J. Kruger (Free MP3s!).  Dr. Kruger is a Seminary president, New Testament Scholar, Presuppositional apologists and author who has made his contribution towards the work of the Lord in more ways than one.  Here’s a short video on “What It Means That the Bible Is Self-Authenticating:”

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Does Christ, the humble and unashamed preacher, matter?

The danger of the hip and cool prosperity movement–one of them is Hillsong and its pastor Carl Lentz, who attracts many celebrities from Justin Bieber, Bono, Vanessa Hudgens, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Durant, Ja Rule; to name but a few. He has been called the “Apostle of Cool” and the “Jesus Christ’s Superstar.”

If this is the new generation of superficial preachers who water down the Gospel in order to make it palatable to man and to be viewed by man as hip and cool–then we as a generation are to be most pitted. We need men who truly love souls; men who preach with moral imperatives, not, “I don’t knows” when it comes down to topics of morality; especially urgent and controversial ones. For example, in an interview with Katie Couric, Lentz was asked to address the topic of gay marriage. Instead of addressing it clearly and boldly, he simply said,

“‘Often people want you to make these big statements about things [such as gay marriage] and I don’t believe it’s fair,’ said Lentz to Couric when asked about tolerance and gay marriage. ‘I don’t think a public forum is always the best place to talk about something that’s so sensitive and important to so many because in a public forum there’s no discussion there.'”

These are just one of the many spineless comments that Lentz makes when it comes down to questions of morality. It is no wonder his church attracts so many people. Sinners need a divine confrontation of the holy, just, and loving God. If not, how do we expect genuine conversions? It is vastly different from this pastor who models the heart of Jesus, Apostle Paul, and the writers of Scripture. Please see:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dspKqCPtdRQ

Really, when was the light of truth not meant for the public forum (Luke 14:23)? We are a light that sits on the hill. We are not a light that stays stationary only in our own little comfortable rooms or ivory towers. The church is to be the agent of truth that bellows out answers to a dying world. And that means even saying it to the public media when asked for moral imperatives. This man is a contradiction to the office of an elder (presbuteros; see 1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-25; Titus 1:5-9).

Dr. Albert Mohler says this about this movement,

“It’s a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music,” said Mohler Jr. to NY Times. “What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality.” ~ Dr. Albert Mohler.

To read more, please see http://www.christianpost.com/…/r-albert-mohler-jr-calls-h…/…

Many who promote this ministry, including their music for public worship need to be aware of what they are promoting. Their goal is to have a heavy presence in North America. I pray that God will raise up a strong reformation and more Martin Luthers to prepare the way, not entertainers who tickle the ears of the goats. The more we promote them publicly, the more we feed the beast.

“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” ~ Charles Spurgeon – The Prince of Preachers

I am also thankful to my friend who provided this other insightful quote from Spurgeon:

“Avowed atheists are not a tenth as dangerous as those preachers who scatter doubt and stab at faith” – CH Spurgeon Sword and Trowel, Aug 1887

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