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Merry Christmas!  Since this is Christmas I thought I gather in one post what contradictions I dealt with surrounding the account of the Birth of Jesus from the bigger lists of Bible Contradictions we have refuted.  The following are from the last few years.  Lord willing I plan to add more posts to the list for next Christmas!

Before going further remember the Author of the Skeptic Annotated Bible has a Self-Defeating Worldview that makes his endeavor to attack the Bible be meaningless and unintelligible.

Here’s the listing:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: When was Jesus born?

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

Before 4 BCE.

Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great, who died in 4 BCE.

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying” (Matthew 2:1)

“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 And yet they had no child, because Elizabeth was infertile, and they were both advanced in years. 8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 Now an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zechariah was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice over his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 And it is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers back to their children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in her years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.” 21 And meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple, and he repeatedly made signs to them, and remained speechless. 23 When the days of his priestly service were concluded, he went back home. 24 Now after these days his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among people.” 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and was pondering what kind of greeting this was. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” (Luke 1:5-31)

After 6 CE.

Quirinius (Cyrenius) became governer of Syria in 6 CE, nine years after king Herod’s death.

“Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all the people were on their way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,” (Luke 2:1-4)

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

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Establish the need:  The coming of God to be born to save us from our sins, when was this first predicted or anticipated?  Can it be that this “Christmas” hope, of God coming to be born to save us from our sins, be predicted as far back as the book of Genesis?

Purpose:  Today we will see four points concerning the expectation of the Messiah

  • Young or old should know the Old Testament expectation of the Messiah (Luke 1:46-55)
  • The expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Adam and Eve
  • The expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Lamech
  • The expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Noah

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who was Uzziah’s father?

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

Joram was Uzziah’s father.

Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, and Joram fathered Uzziah.” (Matthew 1:8)

Joram was Uzziah’s [Azariah’s] great-great-grandfather.

Now Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, then Abijah was his son, Asa, his son, Jehoshaphat, his son, 11 Joram, his son, Ahaziah, his son, Joash, his son, 12 Amaziah, his son, Azariah, his son, Jotham, his son,” (1 Chronicles 3:10-12)

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

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Prague Christmas Snow

Some of you know my most productive time of studying is from 9PM-4AM.  I also sometimes have music on. So I thought I share with you “Study Music: Oldies Classics Christmas Play with Fireplace Background.” 

A few days ago I have one of these Youtube videos playing and my kids really love the animated welcoming images of cozy winter setting. That’s a plus.

Before I do that remember Jesus is God coming to  become man to save us from our sins.

Note Matthew 1:21=

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

To be saved from our sins one should see one’s sinfulness against God, confess those sins to Him, and trust in Jesus alone to save one from the deserving wrath of God. It is a free gift!

Ok onto the song (and for me, onto late night studies for Church and future blog posts):

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Merry Christmas!  Since this is Christmas I thought I gather in one post what contradictions I dealt with surrounding the account of the Birth of Jesus from the bigger lists of Bible Contradictions we have refuted.  The following are from the last two years.  Lord willing I plan to add more posts to the list for next Christmas!

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David Kitz. Psalms 365: Develop a Life of Worship and Prayer Volume 1.  Plymouth, MA: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., December 2nd, 2020.  262 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a new devotional through the Psalms?  Bible dramatist, author, minister and blogger David Kitz has written the first installment of his 365 days devotionals on the Psalms.  This book goes up to Psalm 51.  After reading and using this devotional I hope there will be future volumes from the author and the publisher.

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John Piper. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, August 31st 2014.  94 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Desiring God

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a devotional book on the Advent Season that would make you love Christ more and increase your joy meditating on Christ’s incarnation?  This book is by John Piper will flame your passion for Jesus.  As the subtitle states the book is a “Daily Readings for Advent.”

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I just finished preaching the book of Ruth with my church.  I looked back at the last few months preaching through Ruth and I thought about how one of the most powerful moment in the book was when Ruth, a widow, profess her loyalty to her mother in law Naomi and how Ruth was going to stay with her mother in law to help this older widow out.  Listen to the words of Ruth 1:16=

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

What particularly stands out to me is the last part of the verse: “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

While reading a recent history book I found out how this verse was quoted and used in another important historical moment.

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What better time to finish and review this book on Christ’s incarnation than on Christmas day!

Andreas J. Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2015.  272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

If you think you heard it all and exhausted all there is to learn concerning the birth of Christ or the incarnation think again.  This book is written by two New Testament professors who offer their insights into passages that cover the infant narrative of Jesus Christ.  Though I felt the book started slowly and I was initially concerned whether there would be new things I can learn nevertheless as the book progressed I found it fulfilled my expectation of learning about the birth of Jesus and the incarnation through fresh eyes.

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No doubt some people will be traveling to visit family and relatives as Christmas gets closer and/or people take a vacation or are done with the semester in school.

Here’s some nonfiction audio books recommendations to help with your travel whether you are waiting in the airport, on the bus or driving cross country.

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

Taylor Downing. Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I.  Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audio Inc, April 15, 2015. 13 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This work is about how the Great War/World War One was a different military conflict than the wars that came before it since it was a war in which the world entered a new age with modern warfare.  I think the author presented his case quite persuasively with his focus being primarily on the British then German and French developments in the Western front.  I enjoyed this work in audio book format and found that the work overall was informative and interesting.  It was also read in such a way that helped the listeners endure over thirteen hours of materials without any problem.

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This time of year with holidays around the corner we often see the media attack the Bible and Christianity.  Sometimes it isn’t just only the media but also in our personal relationship as well where people say things like the claim that there are Bible contradictions.

I want to share in this post another resource answering Bible contradictions that has to do with Christ’s human birth.

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This is our blog’s eighth year in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics or the Christian worldview.

Below are links to the recommendations from previous years, and if you are new to the whole thing with Presuppositional apologetics and want something introductory I highly recommend the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is divided into introductory and intermediate level. Each work will have a link to my fuller review and also links to where one can purchase the book.

Here’s this year’s recommendations:

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I read this from a link to the New York Post on how the dictator of North Korea has banned Christmas in his country.

Here’s the news story:

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Merry Christmas to you all!

I’m so thankful first and foremost that He came on earth to be born and die for our sins.

Note Matthew 1:21=

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

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