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Yesterday I wrote my post “Bible Contradiction? Did Paul go to Jerusalem immediately after his conversion? and from the comments I thought about how I have heard this alleged contradiction has actually been brought up many times including when I was in college by a professor.

Then today I saw this clip from the son of a famous preacher, and this son apostated from Christianity.  These days he’s making videos attacking Christianity.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Paul go to Jerusalem immediately after his conversion?

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

Yes

“When he came to Jerusalem, he tried repeatedly to associate with the disciples; and yet they were all afraid of him, as they did not believe that he was a disciple.” (Acts 9:26)

No

“to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.” (Galatians 1:16-17)

(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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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 40 is Messianic because the New Testament uses it that way
  2. Psalm 40 is Messianic because of context of Book 1 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 40 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 40

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Think for instance of those who raise the question “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

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Been having a hard time with my aging computer, hence the later post.  Its been a crazy weekend too (see last post).

Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 15th-21st, 2023.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Basics Of Apologetics – Ep.208 – Apologetics By John Frame – The Basics – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? Were the men with Paul knocked to the ground?

3.) Naturalism And Paganism in Modern Media

4.) Psalm 16 is Messianic

5.) Warnings about Scientific Models

7.) What Is the Best Argument for the Existence of God?

8.) HGA Episode 3. Book Review On Van TIl’s Apologetics by Greg Bahnsen

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

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church

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Praying for your church outreach effort.  It might mean someone’s eternity with life and death (read to the end).

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While teaching my kids yesterday a biblical truth leaped at me.  A truth that I known before but for some reason it deepen my love for Christ yesterday.

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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 16 is Messianic because the New Testament use that way
  2. Psalm 16 is Messianic because of context of Book 1 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 16 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 16

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Were the men with Paul knocked to the ground?

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

Yes, they fell to the ground.

“And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’” (Acts 26:14)

No, they remained standing.

“The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.” (Acts 9:7)

(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 the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 8th-14th, 2023.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Need To Clarify And Encourage – Ep. 207 – Apologetics By John Frame – Preface

2.) Bible Contradiction? Is it OK to curse people?

3.) Sneaky Evolutionary Propaganda and a Duck Dinosaur

4.) Psalm 8 is Messianic

5.) Reformed Rookie: Always Ready: Chap. 28 Apologetic Tools

6.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #82: Bad reasons to call 911 and thoughts on what’s one’s worldview’s understanding of one’s greatest problem

7.) The failure of classical Christian apologetics? (with Ron DiGiacomo)

8.) Thoughts on Cultural Analysis

9.) Biblical Interpretation and Proper Context

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR another REBLOG HERE

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church

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers.

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Bible 2
I am about to preach for a parenting conference in less than an hour.  It will be several sessions and I’m excited.
It got me thinking about my teaching ministry this week and an observation with the Word of God.

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Thriving in Grace

Joel Beeke and Brian Hedges. Thriving in Grace: Twelve Ways the Puritans Fuel Spiritual Growth.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, May 29th 2020. 220 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Want to grow in your Christian life with deliberate meditation on God as He has revealed Himself in a way that is practical and worshipful?  This book is a must read.  It is a practical and spiritual introduction to the Puritans, but it isn’t done in a way that makes readers feel it is an academic historical theology lecture; rather it is quite devotional and made me want to yearn to read more of the Puritans to minister to my soul, to search my own heart and to grow in Christ with greater holiness and sanctification.

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Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. The New Testament interprets Psalms 2 is Messianic
  2. Psalm 8:5 hints at the Incarnation
  3. Psalm 8:6-8 anticipate the rule of the Messiah

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

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

Do not curse anyone.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Romans 12:14)

No

“If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha!” (1 Corinthians 16:22)

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, even now I say again: if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8-9)

(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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