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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to acknowledge that words can have different meanings and thus a word used in one context does not mean the same thing in another context.  But if one fail to recognize there are differences of meaning of the word being used in two separate contexts, a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How should publicans be treated?

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

They should be treated like friends.

“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. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating with tax collectors and sinners?”” (Mark 2:15-16)

“Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and began dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?”” (Matthew 9:10-11)

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ And yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”” (Matthew 11:19)

“The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling to His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?”” (Luke 5:30)

“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’” (Luke 7:34)

“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near Jesus to listen to Him. 2 And both the Pharisees and the scribes began to complain, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”” (Luke 15:1-2)

They should be shunned.

“Now if your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that on the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be confirmed. 17 And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, he is to be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” (Matthew 18:15-17)

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

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Here’s the end of June 2021 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links gathered between June 22nd-30th, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Book 8 Announcement – Ep.182 – Join Our Book Club

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3.) Archaeology and Fact-Checking the Bible

5.) Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus Claim That No One Has Ever Gone to Heaven?

6.) Apologetics Session 11: How to Give Evidence Presuppositionally

7.) The underlying rhetoric of “imposing” religion or “morality” used by the Dobbs’ Dissent [“imposing your religion”]

8.) Bible Contradiction? How should strangers be treated?

9.) Presuppositional Apologetics in 7 Minutes

10.) A Walking Contradiction who want to attack the Bible

11.) The Decrees of God as an Apologetic Tool

Missed the last round up?  Check out this reblog or this reblog

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Here’s a doctoral dissertation that Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity has made available titled “Philosophy of History, Historical Jesus Studies, and Miracles: Three Roadblocks to Resurrection Research.”   I imagine this would be a treat and food for thought for those into apologetics, history and historical methodology.  I myself am fascinated with these areas.

The dissertation was written by Benjamin C. F. Shaw and was completed on May 2020 as part of his completion of his Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics (PhD).  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.

Here’s an abstract:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How should strangers be treated?

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

Love and be kind to them.

“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:34)

“So show your love for the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19)

“You shall not pervert the justice due a stranger or an orphan, nor seize a widow’s garment as a pledge.” (Deuteronomy 24:17)

“Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means among you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a resident, so that he may live with you.” (Leviticus 25:35)

“You shall not oppress a stranger nor torment him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21)

“You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.” (Leviticus 19:33)

“if you do not oppress the stranger, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor follow other gods to your own ruin,” (Jeremiah 7:6)

“and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’” (Zechariah 7:10)

“And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:10)

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you are not to go back to get it; it shall belong to the stranger, the orphan, and to the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives off your olive tree, you are not to search through the branches again; that shall be left for the stranger, the orphan, and for the widow. 21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you are not to go over it again; that shall be left for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow.” (Deuteronomy 24:19-21)

“This is what the Lord says: “Do justice and righteousness, and save one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. And do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:3)

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;” (Matthew 25:35)

Kill them.

“and when the Lord your God turns them over to you and you defeat them, you shall utterly destroy them. You shall not make a covenant with them nor be gracious to them.” (Deuteronomy 7:2)

“So when the tabernacle is to move on, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle encamps, the Levites shall set it up. But the layman who comes near it shall be put to death.” (Numbers 1:51)

“So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death.”” (Numbers 3:10)

“Now those who were to camp in front of the tabernacle eastward, in front of the tent of meeting toward the sunrise, were Moses and Aaron and his sons, performing the duties of the sanctuary for the obligation of the sons of Israel; but the layman coming near was to be put to death.” (Numbers 3:38)

“But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything that concerns the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a service that is a gift, and the unauthorized person who comes near shall be put to death.”” (Numbers 18:7)

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

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Here are links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between June 15th-21st, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Why? For God’s Glory! – Ep.181 – Scott Christensen Interview On What About Evil – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush?

3.) Our Evolving, Thinking, Learning Universe?

4.) Dutch Windmill, Van Til and Thoughts on Inter-disciplinary Theology and Innovations

5.) Biblical Case for Presuppositional Apologetics in 7 Minutes | Dr. James White

6.) Father of the Creation Movement: Eric Hovind and David Whitcomb talk about legacy of John C. Whitcomb

7.) How Ephesus causes problems for Skeptics

8.) Facebook Meme

9.) Analogical knowledge of God, and the Clark-Van Til controversy

10.) Greg Bahnsen’s book “Against All Opposition” Chapter 1 Discussion Guide Answers from Revealed Apologetics

11.) What is the Problem of Induction, and Why are Christians Uniquely Situated to Answer It?

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush?

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

God

“When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”” (Exodus 3:4)

“But regarding the fact that the dead rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?” (Mark 12:26)

An angel

“Then the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not being consumed.” ( Exodus 3:2)

“This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.” (Acts 7:35)

(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 are links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between June 8th-14th, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Free Will Theodicy Failure – Ep.180 – Scott Christensen Interview On What About Evil – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Lod, Hadid, and Ono’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) Atheists, Narcissism, and Gaslighting

4.) Book Review: The Absurdity of Unbelief

5.) Basic Training For Defending The Faith — Greg Bahnsen

6.) EPIC Presuppositional Apologetics Roundtable Discussion

7.) Eli Enters the Shooting Gallery

8.) Facebook Meme

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Lod, Hadid, and Ono’s offspring returned from Babylon?

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

725

the sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 725;” (Ezra 2:33)

721

the sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 721;” (Nehemiah 7:26)

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

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Here are links gathered from June 1st-7th, 2022 concerning Presuppositional Apologetics or related topics that those into Presuppositional apologetics would find interesting.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Greater Glory Effect – Ep.179 – What About Evil? – The Grace And Glory Effect – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who makes people deaf and blind?

3.) Social Sciences Promoting Darwinism and the Left

5.) Apologetics Session 9: Islam, Quran and the Bible

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7.) Facebook Meme

8.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #79: Sentences from Spin the Wheel and the destruction of information in Non-Theistic Worldview

9.) How Ephesus Causes Problems For Skepticism

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Point: If God does not exist then our thoughts cannot have information.  How do we convey the idea to someone we are talking to?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who makes people deaf and blind?

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

God

“But the Lord said to him, “Who has made the human mouth? Or who makes anyone unable to speak or deaf, or able to see or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11)

“As Jesus passed by, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:1-3)

Foul Spirits

“And one person from the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, because he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak…25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again!”” (Mark 9:17, 25)

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

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These are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between May 22nd-31st, 2022.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Coming Redeemer – Ep.177 – What About Evil? – The Cosmic Redeemer – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Is it OK to make images?

3.) Can Evolution Explain Empathy?

4.) Deconstructing the Faith?

5.)  Apologetics Sermon Illustration #78: Blindfold Ear-Plugged Pig Catching and Epistemic Virtue

6.) The insurance industry and the Christian worldview

7.) How Should We Then Live? – Ep.178 – What About Evil? – The Grace And Glory Effect – Part 1

8.) Question: How do we answer a skeptic who radically doubt reality?

9.) Evolutionary Racism and the Buffalo Shootings

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is it OK to make images?

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

Yes, at least when they are designed and commissioned by God.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying…You shall make two cherubim of gold; make them of hammered work at the two ends of the atoning cover. 19 Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the atoning cover at its two ends. 20 And the cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the atoning cover with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the atoning cover.” (Exodus 25:1; Exodus 25:18-20)

Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and violet, purple, and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skilled embroiderer.” (Exodus 26:1)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and put it on a flag pole; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, and looks at it, will live.”” (Numbers 21:8)

No, graven images are abominations to God.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20:4)

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” (Deuteronomy 5:8)

so that you do not act corruptly and make a carved image for yourselves in the form of any figure, a representation of male or female, 17 a representation of any animal that is on the earth, a representation of any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18 a representation of anything that crawls on the ground, or a representation of any fish that is in the water below the earth.” (Deuteronomy 4:16-18)

So be careful yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything against which the Lord your God has commanded you.” (Deuteronomy 4:23)

‘Cursed is the person who makes a carved image or cast metal image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall reply and say, ‘Amen.’” (Deuteronomy 27:15)

He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, in accordance with everything that his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places and smashed the memorial stones to pieces, and cut down the Asherah. He also crushed to pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel had been burning incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan.” (2 Kings 18:3-4)

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

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GO TO PART 77

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Point: Presuppositional Apologetics makes the point that without God there will not be the possibility of knowledge.  I would also add without God there would not be the possibility of epistemic virtues being intellgible and meaningful.  By epistemic virtue I mean things that involves character and skills a knower possess that is involve with acquiring knowledge.  And if there is no such thing as epistemic virtues and epistemic skills then the foundation for education is destroyed.

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