The recent debate between (Young Earth Creationist) Ken Ham and (Natural Evolutionist) Bill Nye (“the science guy”) has sparked much conversation, especially within the Christian community. There is diversity on the issue within Christendom as not everyone who believes the Scriptures to be the Word of God is a young earth creationist (YEC). Yet, there is an overwhelming tendency of YEC-ers to “bogart” the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »
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Acts chapter two is a historical record of a phenomenal event. The promise Jesus gave when He told His followers to wait until they received power, thus enabling them to be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the entire world (know world at that time) was finding its fulfillment at this instant! There were people from all over the known world concentrated in one place, and each was hearing the gospel being proclaimed in their own language. All observing we astounded, and some of those let their wonder find a pathetic explanation in accusations of drunkenness.
I recently read a missionary letter where the man was telling how they want to make the Scriptures available to the people of the region he plans to work with in their own language. He said, “1 Peter 1:23 states, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” And Romans 10:17 states, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” In modern English, If you do not have the Bible (the Word of God), you cannot see people saved. WE WANT TO SEE PEOPLE SAVED!”
I know this man personally and there is no doubt that he has a heart for people and is concerned about their eternal destiny. My question for this post concerns his view of Scripture – How accurate is he? Read the rest of this entry »
They do make nice photography equipment, but I’m not speaking about a camera manufacturing company. Nor am I talking about the big things Tchaikovsky used in his musical piece that most people recognize but couldn’t tell you the name of it to save their lives (it’s the 1812 Overture in case you’re wondering). What I’m speaking of is the books that comprise the Holy Bible – the Canon. How did we come to accept only those books? Read the rest of this entry »
Describing the Jew-Gentile relationship of the first-century is not as simple as saying there was a division between them. This division was as varied as their views of the Messiah or the interpretation of the law among various groups. The animosity toward the Gentiles was lessening among the Jews by the end of the Old Testament period.1 The two primary views towards Gentiles ran parallel to each other: a desire to win Gentiles over to Judaism was tempered by strong separatist movement and disdain for the Gentiles. This disdain wasn’t primarily racial or cultural, rather its fuel was religious. The Gentiles were viewed as being outside God’s covenant while Israel was the recipients of God’s special favor.2 Israel didn’t think she had earned it, but realized she was chosen to receive it, thus had a cause for self-elevation. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m enjoying my intertestamental studies as I work through a course on the New Testament. Here is an essay I would like to share and get your thoughts on. i’ve already submitted it, so no worries on thinking I’m cheating on my classwork! LOL! I was amazed at how I saw bits of myself, past or present, somewhere in each of these groups.
The question answered was: “Compare and contrast the beliefs of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. Describe which parts of these groups’ beliefs with which you agree and disagree, stating your reasons accordingly. Which party controlled the Temple and was apparently on the best terms with the Romans?”
Below is my reply. Be sure to tell me what you think as, at this point, all criticism is constructive in my book. Thanks!
The Pharisees, Sadduscees, and Essenes, represent three camps of religious thought within intertestamental Judaism. I will briefly compare their theologies noting their contradictions to each other, note the influence each held and the end they met, as well as comment on some of the views in each group that I personally find agreeable or disagreeable and why. Read the rest of this entry »