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Earlier this week I wrote a post titled “

I thought I make a quick meme that summarizes the problem with the skeptics’ reasoning:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus perform many signs and wonders?

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

Yes.

The Skeptic Annotated Bible’s explanation: “Jesus performed many signs, wonders, and miracles everywhere he went. He was famous for them.”

“And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.” (Mark 16:20)

“this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”” (John 3:2)

“Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;” (John 20:30)

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man [a]attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know” (Acts 2:22)

No.

The Skeptic Annotated Bible’s explanation: “Only an evil and adulterous generation seeks signs. And Jesus refused to do any.”

“But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;” (Matthew 12:39)

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.” (Matthew 16:4)

“Sighing deeply in His spirit, He *said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.””” (Mark 8:12)

“As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the [c]sign of Jonah..” (Luke 11:29)

(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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(Note: This is a guest post written by Erik.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Erik for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by [k]Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” 23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but [l]he is finished! 27 But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

-Mark 3:22-27 from the NASB

It was an often occurrence that Jesus would have to address the lies and evil accusations of the scribes and Pharisees. Here, scribes travel all the way from Jerusalem, to Capernaum, around a 150 km journey (approximately a 3-5 days journey by foot!) This was a habitual pattern of the scribes of the day to judge the cities Jesus taught (Matthew 15:1-20, John 7:19-24, John 10:19-20). They would declare them as seduced city, if they believed in any other doctrine other than their own. This is far from the case seeing Capernaum’s response to Jesus, and Jesus’ condemnation of them. (Matthew 11:23-24, Luke 4:14-37)

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

Our text is Ephesians 2:4. Here’s my translation:

“ELABORATION 3 σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ
Being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bondage of

τῆς εἰρήνης”
peace

Here’s some observation:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Whom did the women see at the tomb?  The question of course is about the tomb of Jesus on the day He resurrected.

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

An angel

“And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

A young man

“Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.” (Mark 16:5)

Two men

“While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;” (Luke 24:4)

Two angels

“and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.” (John 20:12)

(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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It’s Palm Sunday today.  This is observed by some Christians to recall Jesus’ final week before His crucifixion and resurrection.  The final week of Jesus’ life is indeed amazing.  It changed history.

For this Palm Sunday why won’t you consider immersing yourself in knowing the Messianic prophecies in the Bible?  Check out our “” and listen to them with your Bibles handy.  It’s a worthwhile endeavor for this week.

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

Our text is Ephesians 1:7. Here’s my translation:

“SENTENCE 7 [CR ἐν CR] ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ ‹ τὴν
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the

ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων › κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ”
forgiveness of our transgressions according to the riches of His grace

Here’s some observation:

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