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Is the Bible Obsolete?

"How can the Bible be accepted as universal when certain aspects of it are obsolete by reason of the ancient cultures out of which it arose? In view of its historical setting, how can it be practical? How can it function as a guide for man today?" In considering this question there are several factors that must be taken into ... read more »

Questions About Melchizedek

"Some allege that the mysterious 'Melchizedek,' whom Abraham met when returning from the rescue of Lot, was a physical manifestation of the pre-incarnate Christ. Would you comment on this?" It certainly is true that there were numerous pre-incarnate (i.e., "before the flesh") appearances of the Lord Jesus during Old Testament times. (See: A Brief Study of The Angel of Jehovah ... read more »

Do Genesis 10 and 11 Conflict with Reference to the Languages in the Earth?

"Can you explain why Genesis 11:1 says that the 'whole earth was of one language,' when earlier, in Genesis 10, there is mention of various 'tongues' (vv. 5,20,31)?" One principle of Bible interpretation that constantly must be kept in mind is this: some portions of scripture are arranged chronologically, i.e., in time sequence, while others are set forth topically, i.e., ... read more »

How Did the Samaritan Woman Know About the Messiah?

"A Samaritan woman said to Jesus: 'I know that the Messiah cometh.' How did this woman know that the Messiah, 'he that is called Christ,' was coming (Jn. 4:25)?"The Samaritans accepted only the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) as Scripture, yet they anticipated the Messiah confidently. In the Temple court, Peter preached: "Moses indeed said, A prophet shall the Lord God ... read more »

The City of Ten Thousand Memories

"Jerusalem," "the city of David," "Zion" - these are a few of the names of that ancient place that has been called "The City of Ten Thousand Memories." When David moved Israel's capitol to this location, Jerusalem became the heart of Hebrew history. It was in Jerusalem that Solomon fashioned the Temple, for which David, his father, had prepared the ... read more »

What Is Marriage and Why Does It Matter?

Most people believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. According to a national Wirthlin poll by Alliance for Marriage last March, 62% of the people polled agreed that marriage is a heterosexual commitment; 26% disagreed; 12% didn't know (http://www.allianceformarriage.org/reports/030304/030304.htm). Thirty-seven states have passed marriage legislation, defining the relationship as that which is between a man ... read more »

Did God Reward Midwives for Lying?

When there arose a Pharaoh who "knew not Joseph," the Hebrew people were enslaved by the Egyptians. Fearing the slaves might aid an enemy in any attempted overthrow of the Egyptian regime, Pharaoh devised a plan to contain the population of the Israelites. He commanded the midwives to commit murder. All male children were to be killed (Exodus 1:15-16). The ... read more »

Straight Talk About Homosexuality

The Almighty does not discriminate. All sin is horrible, as demonstrated by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Penitents are saved because their sins are forgiven through the gospel, but others will die lost rebels. Although God proved his love by giving his Son to die for the world, many choose to stay in their sins, doing "their ... read more »

Too Late for Tears

Would it ever be too late for a Christian to repent? "Yes." "For ye know," said the Hebrews writer (12:17). You know about Esau and what happened with respect to the birthright and blessing. Esau's example teaches us something about the nature of irreversible consequences, and we must apply the lesson to spiritual things - the eternal inheritance. The inspired ... read more »

Luke and the Old Testament

Luke was a Gentile and so far as anyone knows, he was the only non-Hebrew to author a book of the Bible - with the possible exception of the book ofJob. (Note in Acts 1:19 that Luke cites an Aramaic word and identifies it as a term in "their [the Jews'] language.") From a strictly naturalistic viewpoint, therefore, one would ... read more »